It’s that time of the year y’all – I cannot believe that the big day is almost here! I love the holiday season so much, because this is the time of year when my creative brain goes crazy. The decorating, the gift wrapping, the baking …ahhh so fabulous!
One of my favorite things to do every year is to make special homemade baked gifts and I create something every season for my (as well as the hub’s) coworkers. I really do put a lot of time and thought into these presents. I like them to look more like a gift, instead of a boring dessert that I bring to the office.
Other reasons I love to give baked goodies as gifts? Food is ALWAYS welcome (who doesn’t like butter and sugar?!), is very budget friendly, and there’s no need to enter a mall! (If your mall is anything like mine during the Christmas season, you’ll understand.)
Two years ago I made Decorated Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Covered Pretzels and Oreo Truffles that I wrapped in cellophane bags (above) that I found at Michaels. You can find these in almost any craft store and often discount and dollar stores as well. I then packaged the cellophane bags in Christmas themed take-out containers, also found at Michaels.
Last year, I tried something different – tins. I purchased these tins at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off one week, and packaged the goodies in cellophane bags, wax paper and foil candy wrappers.
Inside the tins – Decorated Sugar Cookies, Oreo Truffles, Peppermint Marshmallows and Gingerbread Cookies
The favorite thing in the gifts year after year are the Oreo Truffles. So, if you need a few last minute gifts, whip out your apron and try these crowd pleasers. Before you get worried, this is SUCH an easy recipe, so I totally want to share this one with y’all!
Source: Beantown Baker
• 1 package oreos
• 14 oz. condensed milk
• 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
• Almond bark or melting chocolate
• Sprinkles, for decoration
- First, crush the oreos in a ziploc bag or a food processor.
- Then, add the condensed milk and vanilla and mix together.
- Form into small balls and place them on a small cookie sheet. Allow them to set in the freezer for a half hour. This will make them significantly easier to work with when it comes time for dipping in chocolate.
- Melt the chocolates according to the directions on the bag. I really like to add 1/4 tsp. of vegetable oil to help it melt smoother.
- Then dip the balls in the chocolate. I find a slotted spoon to be best for this. When you take it out, gently tap your wrist that is holding the spoon to allow the excess chocolate to drip off.
- Place the dipped ball on wax paper, add sprinkles on top of the truffle and allow to set.
Aren’t they super cute!? Of course, these babies were once again in my holiday packages.
Do y’all make (or even receive) homemade gifts? What are your favorite goodies? (I personally have a weakness for my mother’s fudge…)