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Giving Homemade Cookies for Christmas
By Monica Resinger
_http://homemakersjournal.com_ ( 
A great way to save money each holiday season is to give homemade  cookies.  
I have received homemade cookies as gifts and I always love it  when I do.  It 
gives me a chance to try new cookies and appreciate the fact  that the giver 
spent time on me!  How thoughtful!  I have also given  homemade cookies as 
gifts and found it to be a fun tradition. 
With all of the following packaging ideas, be sure your cookies have cooled  
first before packing them.  If you don't, they will stick together and  become 
a mess.  As a bonus, include the recipe with your cookies.   Write it out on 
a pretty recipe card, or print from the computer and include  with the 
cookies.  Be sure to include a note with the recipe that it is the  recipe for 
cookies you gave them whatever year it is.  
There are many ways to present cookies as gifts, a couple I'll mention  here. 
 One way is to save coffee cans large or small; clean them, decorate  them 
(if you wish), line them with wax paper, then fill with fresh cooled  cookies.  
You can decorate the coffee cans with a coat of spay paint and  holiday 
stencils, or wrap it with wrapping paper.  Just use your  imagination or search 
Internet for ideas.  
Another great container for cookies is a tin that previously held something  
else such as tea, purchased cookies or candies, etc.  You may have some  
already, but if not, thrift stores have an abundance of them (many are  
for very reasonable prices.  Clean first of course, then line  with wax paper 
and fill with cooled fresh cookies.  These are great because  there's a 
variety of sizes that will suit your giving needs and if you look for  
ones, you will not need to do any decorating yourself... just add a  bow and 
voila!  You could also match your cookies with the tin.  For  example, if you 
have an M & M tin, make M & M cookies, or if you have a  Hershey's Cocoa tin, 
make cookies that use cocoa.  
Pretty plastic holiday plates will also work.  Just neatly present the  
cookies, cover with colored plastic wrap and top with a bow.  
Here's a wonderful cookie recipe to get you started:
No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
24 servings 
2 cups rolled oats
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened  cocoa powder
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup butter,  softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
In a large bowl, combine the oats, sugar and cocoa. With clean hands, mix  in 
the water, vanilla and butter to form a dough. Wash hands, then roll the  
dough into balls 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Roll balls in confectioners' sugar  
until thickly coated (or they will become crusty). Chill 20 minutes before  
For many more delicious cookie recipes, check out the Cookie Recipe  E-book:  
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