Never Underestimate the Value of Chocolate Chip Cookies With These Tips
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There’s something so comforting about a homemade chocolate chip cookie.
The season of giving is upon us and there’s no better time to start spreading the cheer to family, friends, and neighbors. Hip2Save reader, Christy, has a very simple way to let the ones around her know she cares—through a batch of classic chocolate chip cookies.
Check out her tips for baking and gifting below:
When I’m trying to come up with a gift for large groups, people who are hard to shop for (like my in-laws), or just a fool-proof gift, my homemade chocolate chip cookies always do the trick!
Here are some of the tips I’ve learned through baking a countless number of batches:
Customize based on the season. I usually add cranberries in the winter or use festive colored M&Ms for Easter or Valentine’s Day. You could even chop up leftover Halloween candy (or a pack that’s on sale) to make use of all those sweets!
Buy in bulk to save on cost. I make cookies so often that I’ve started to buy my supplies in bulk from Sam’s Club so I’ve always got lots of flour, sugar, and chocolate chips on hand… and for cheap!
Make sure you use real butter as well—it makes all the difference! Keep in mind, the recipe yields a lot of cookies so you can split the batch among recipients or give it to a big group. Or freeze the leftover dough to gift at a later time (within 3 months).
Use a baking stone if you have one. The thick stone slab will help distribute the heat evenly and really crisp up the cookies on the underside. You’ll also want to take the cookies out of the oven right when they start browning slightly as they’ll finish baking on the stone after.
Label any allergens for your recipients. I like to indicate “no nuts” so those who have allergies can enjoy with peace of mind. Adversely, make sure you clearly mark any batches that do contain ingredients with common allergens.
Gift the cookies in festive containers. I like to stock up on cute tins or baked good boxes during holiday clearance sales to gift the cookies in. You can also check dollar stores for inexpensive gifting containers. You can give the cookies on their own or along with a gift card, flowers, or whatever you desire.
The most important tip!
Don’t forget to save a couple of cookies for yourself and your family! 🤗
What a sweet idea! 🍪
It’s a simple, yet thoughtful way to show those around you that you care. Thank you, Christy, for sharing this tasty gifting idea with us. Is it just me or does anyone else have a hankering for chocolate chip cookies?! 😆
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