One of the best gifts you can do in this economy is give baked goods (if you know their dietary restrictions, of course) or cookie and bake mixes in a mason jar with a fun cookie cutter attached. They are easy on your budget to gift, plus the recipient gets something personal when you've made it. You can even make homemade sugar scrubs for folks to use in the shower!
I have to say, they have a pretty vast array of recipes over on their site! I seriously did not know what to make! (Plus, they even have links to print gift tags up at home! No searching around on the net for some!)
I finally decided on something I hoped I wouldn't mess up with my finicky oven - Favorite Chocolate Chunk Cookies. (They had me at chocolate!) I am changing one thing out of their recipe - you won't see the walnuts in my pictures. I was ready to do them, but I had an allergic reaction to something else this weekend, and we're eliminating most nuts from my diet for a few days just in case it happens again. (It was totally out of the blue, I don't usually have problems) This is fairly simple, so even if you don't bake, you can make fresh cookies from scratch with this one... I promise! :) (Plus, one of the best things of making from scratch is that you can easily double up on the chocolate!)
1 1/4 cups - all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon - baking soda
1/2 teaspoon - salt
2/3 cup - butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup - firmly packed Domino® Light Brown Sugar
1/3 cup - Domino® Granulated Sugar
1 - egg
1 teaspoon - water
1/2 teaspoon - vanilla
1 cup - (6 oz) semisweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
1/2 cup - chopped pecans or walnuts
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl; stir. Cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg, water, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts.
Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookies sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Now hopefully, your cookies look a LOT better than mine, since half the batch ended up over baked. :( Now I am positive something is up with this oven!
I received a $20 gift card to buy ingredients to try out a recipe from Domino's/C&H Sugar's website. I was already a regular user of the product(s) involved. My opinion of the recipe(s) is/are my own, your results may differ.