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When it comes to gift giving, I get totally lost. Especially if it’s not a family member. I have no idea what the person needs, already has, or doesn’t like. It’s almost like I freeze and don’t know what to do when I’m gifting for others. Have you ever felt that way before? I hate to admit it but it’s true. With so many options out there, it’s so hard to decide on that perfect gift. So that is why baking a gift is a perfect solution when gift giving. Not only is it a way to show them that you care but it’s a special treat for them to enjoy around the holidays.
Do you know what the best part of baking for others is? You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing it. -And, I am all for that around the holidays. You will be amazed how an easy recipe can turn into a perfect gift for the holidays.
Just like the other day, my husband says to me that his office is having an early Christmas party and they’re doing a yankee swap. Some might also call it, a white elephant swap. Either way, his co-workers are exchanging gifts this year. Nothing too fancy but they must keep the cost of the presents under ten dollars. When it comes to gifting for others my husband also panics and asks for my opinion. In this case, he had no idea what to do since the office staff is mostly women. But needless to say, I said to him not to worry because I instantly knew what I was going to do.
Having you tried Rubbermaid TakeAlongs before? Oh, how I love them. But get this, they now come in limited edition colors of red and green and they also have a holiday print just in time for the holiday season. I know, how cool! If you’re thinking of what I am thinking then you’re absolutely right. I’m baking delicious cookies and placing them inside these awesome containers. I mean hello, It’s a no-brainer. All I have to do is bake the cookies, place the lid on, add a fancy bow to the top and be done. Simple and easy. How can you go wrong with homemade cookies? You can’t.
-And you know what is even better? You can now find these Rubbermaid TakeAlongs at your local Walmart store until December 24th. Winning!
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are the perfect holiday food storage container. Placing your holiday meals or snacks have never been easier when it comes to sharing them with friends or family members.
Another reason why I love using Rubbermaid TakeAlongs around the holiday seasons is because how their Quik Clik Seal™ keeps my food secure when traveling. The soft lid grips the container tightly which helps prevent spills but yet, has a large tab opening for easy access.
Here it is my friends, I saved the best three features for last.
They’re microwaveable, (oh, yes!), dishwasher and freezer safe (oh, heck yes!). Now, that is exactly how we want to serve our holiday cooking or snacks. Having these on hand makes the holiday gift giving season extremely effortless.
Wait a minute, didn’t you say baking? Oh yes, I did! These chewy half-dipped semi-sweet chocolate sugar cookies are truly a staple in my household come the holiday season. -And you better believe these cookies will be the best gift at my husband’s Christmas party this year. Do you know what the best part of making these yummy half-dipped chocolate sugar cookies? You only need a few ingredients. They’re so easy, it’s silly.
First, you will need two cups of white sugar, two 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of baking soda, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, two eggs, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, one 1/4 cups of margarine, one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and one teaspoon of canola oil.
Place your dry ingredients in large bowl and whisk well. Next, add your two eggs, two teaspoons of vanilla and one 1/4 cups of margarine. Blend well with a hand mixer until formed.
Once your dough is formed, take a piece of wax paper and place your sugar cookie dough on top. Form the dough into a large roll and place in the fridge for 15 minutes. I always find that my homemade cookie dough is best when I refrigerated it before baking.
Now is a great time to pre-heat your oven to 350° degrees. Remove your dough from the refrigerator and slice. Next, hand-roll the cookie dough into balls. Take your baking sheet and add your cookie dough to it.
Bake for 11-13 minutes or until your sugar cookies edges become lightly brown. Let your cookies cool completely.
While your cookies are cooling, take one cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and one teaspoon of canola oil and place them both in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 15-30 second intervals and continue to stir in-between until your chocolate is melted and smooth.
Dip your cooled cookie into the melted chocolate. You want to dip the cookie in an angle to cover half the cookie. Place your cookie on wax paper and sprinkle green or red sugar crystals on the other side of the cookie.
So as you can see, one of the best ways to share your holiday homemade goodies is storing them first in a holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. No need to wrap it, it’s perfect as is. Just place a fancy bow on top of the lid or a Christmas tag and you’re ready to give. Not only will your gift recipient love your scrumptious desserts but they can reuse their Rubbermaid TakeAlongs year round for their own use.
Organizing Rubbermaid TakeAlongs is simple. Stack them together and cover. Whenever I need to reheat my foods before heading to a party or friends house, I just grab a few from my cabinet and go. I can always count on Rubbermaid to keep my foods safe.
So tell me, how would you share the holidays with Rubbermaid TakeAlongs?
Which cookie recipe do you like to gift?
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