In the past, I’ve often felt like my Thanksgiving gift-giving had a sort of holiday-themed, year-round vibe, and I was always looking for a way to add more holiday flair to my kitchen.
I’ve found that there are a few recipes that I really love to make for my children, but none of them have the same level of fun and excitement as a homemade, holiday-inspired gift-list.
Here are six ideas that I’ve tried to come up with that can take your holiday season to the next level.
(I know, I know: I’ve been writing about Christmas for the past decade, and my list is a little bit long.)
The first thing you need is a kitchen and a kitchen sink.
If you have one of those, go ahead and make this simple but amazing holiday-related gift-making recipe, because it’s sure to become a hit with your family.
You can also use a kitchen scale and a bowl of ice cream to make this recipe, which I love.
I also like to make the recipe as a big bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough for the kids to play with, or even a little cookie for them to dip their fingers in.
The kids will love to eat this!
All you need to do is prep the ingredients, cut up some cookies, put them in the freezer for a few hours and when you’re ready to put them away, take the ingredients and stick them in your freezer bag.
You’ll then need to put a little ice cream on top of the cookie dough, and when the kids have finished eating, take that ice cream and put it in the fridge to freeze until you’re happy with how it tastes.
You know you have a hit recipe when the family will get so excited that they’ll try to dig through their closet and find the perfect Christmas gift.
These simple but delicious Christmas recipes will definitely make a big impact on your holiday-loving family.
Recipe: Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough for the Kids | Easy, family-friendly Thanksgiving Gift Ideas with a Twist Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/3 cup (60 g) unsweetened chocolate, at Room Temperature 1/8 teaspoon baking soda 1 1-pound (1.5 kg) bag (1 quart) of white chocolate chips, room temperature 2 tablespoons (40 g) granulated sugar 2 tablespoons unsalted (1 tablespoon) coconut oil, melted Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Grease and flour a 9-inch square pan.
In a large bowl, beat the flour with the baking powder, salt, and baking soda until light and fluffy.
Add the butter, chocolate, and sugar, and mix until just combined.
Beat in the coconut oil and beat until light-colored and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
Pour the mixture into a 9×13-inch pan.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges of the dough are lightly browned and the center is firm to the touch.
Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before removing and storing in the refrigerator.
When ready to use, transfer to a bowl, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) squares, and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
To assemble the cookies, slice the cookies in half and scoop out the tops of the cookies.
Drizzle the melted coconut oil on the top of each cookie, then sprinkle the chopped chocolate chips on top.
Spread the chocolate chips evenly over the cookies and sprinkle with the remaining coconut oil.
Top with a dollop of the remaining chopped chocolate, then place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the chocolate is melted and the cookie is golden brown.
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies for the Kid | Baked, family friendly Thanksgiving Gift | No Cooking, No Mess, No Crackers Ingredients 1 pound (2 1/5 kg)* white chocolate, softened 1/6 cup (30 ml) granular sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/16 teaspoon salt, or to taste 3 cups (1 2/3 sticks) unsqueezed applesauce, packed Directions Pre-heat oven or grill to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil and grease.
Place 1/10 of the applesauces in the microwave and set to boil for 1 minute.
Remove the apples from the microwave, and add the sugar, vanilla, and butter.
Set the timer for 5 minutes, then stir the apples into the mixture until it becomes thick.
Place in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring once to prevent them from burning.
Remove and let sit until cool, then transfer to the freezer.
To store, store in the foil container.
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