Sunday, December 11, 2011

Cookie Exchange Gifts

Good Morning, Hope you are keeping warm  It's definitely Cold Outside here!!

Today I am sharing a couple of pics of my decorated boxes filled with some 
yummy cookies that I made for a annual cookie exchange. Each year
my two oldest daughters, my daughter in-law and my great friend and her daughter 
get together for a afternoon/evening girls event where we have a cookie exchange 
fabulous food (this year we had Olive Garden YUM!) and a few drinks. Just some 
down time for us ladies, catching up on the latest happenings with each other, wonderful laughs 
as we enjoy each other's company!!

This year I made two of my favorite easy as pie  Cookie recipes and created a decorated box
to give these goodies to each of my gals.

I created my box using utterly cute designer papers from Echo Park Holly Jolly Christmas collection
and decorated with sticklers from the Holly Jolly Christmas element page
I placed the stickers on white card stock then cut them out, snowflake is a Sizzix die 
button from stash tied with Green Apple Divine twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon 

From the element sticker page I was able to make all five boxes that I needed
for the exchange - this one has some of the Aqua twine added to the button
These papers are from Pink Paislee  Snow Days Frosty 

One of my all time favorite cookies are the Thin Mints that you can buy each year
from the local Girl Scouts. Well  I was super excited when I found this super easy recipe they 
are just as yummy as the ones from the Girl Scouts

Thin Mints
1 pkg (8 squares) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate - melted slightly cooled
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 sleeve Ritz Crackers (36 crackers)
1 candy cane crushed

Mix chocolate and extract.
Dip crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to complete coat each cracker
Carefully scrape off excess chocolate
Place coated crackers in single layer on waxed paper- covered baking sheet sprinkle with 
crushed candy

Refrigerate 30 minutes until chocolate is firm

Now with my family I have to triple this recipe - they go fast around here 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you will enjoy this fabulous recipe for super
thin mints.

Challenges I will be entering
Really Reasonable Ribbon -Recipe Swap- food packaging 
Challenge Up Your Life - box or packaging 
Just Some Lines - Handmade gifts
Annabelle Stamps - Christmas boxes 
Fairy Tale Challenge - Gift/ gift packaging 
Moving Along with the Times - Last minute gifts 
Pixie Cottage - Last minute gifts or cards 


Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Fab box, love the image so sweet & your goodies look yummy!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Patti P. said...

Jacki, these are such beautiful boxes and to get the cookies, too!! Too good, thanks for the recipe. Both of yours look delicious. I am baking with my niece on Wednesday and can't wait!

The Other Patti Sue said...

OMGosh... these are just awesome! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

Bonnie - Really Reasonable Ribbon said...

What a great packaging job for your cookie exchange. What an awesome recipe too. Those are my favorite Girl Scout cookies too so I'm going to have to try this recipe out as soon as I get a chance. I'm so glad you joined our recipe swap over at Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a fantastic cookie recipe and I really like your packaging project designs.

New follower of your blog.

Lori m

Merry Christmas!

Bianca said...

Oh, that´s so jummy! And I don´t mean just the chookies ;o)! What a perfect packing for it!!! I love it! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

Tina said...

such a fab cookie box...very cute...thanks for sharing at just some lines


Anonymous said...

Great boxing! The cookies sound yummy too!

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog said...

These are gorgeous, I just love the images!!
TFS with us this week :)

Shannah said...

Oooh! Cute, cute, cute!

Sue W said...

Your boxes are just PERFECT! Love your paper choices too! Thanks for joining in the ABS challenge this week and for sharing your recipe......I've snagged that!

Jenn Borjeson said...

OK you've got me drooling for chocolate before 6 a.m. - that might be a new record. hee hee Thanks for the recipe, I never would have guessed to use Ritz crackers! I'll have to try it! Thanks for joining us at Just Some Lines! :)

Manuela said...

This box is soooo adorable!! And the cookies too!
Thanks for playing with us at Challenge up your life!

Nela said...

Totally adorable!
Thanks for playing along with us at Fairytale Challenge!
xx Nela

Sue said...

both the cookies and the box look amazing Jacki!! what a great time you have had with your family cooking up a storm- a wonderful tradition!! :)

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhh yummy, a very nice christmas box.
Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

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