22 December 2011

We know you all love this one….so we are -posting one of our favorites!


We realize there are only so many bottles of wine and poinsettias that a host or hostess can receive at your next holiday get together.  So how about next time, you think outside the box, or rather, in it!  They say there are no guarantees in life, but we’re pretty sure that you have all the ingredients right in your own pantry.  One of our favorite gifts to give is homemade cookie dough…we’ve probably told you this already.  It’s so easy to whip up a quick batch of sugar cookie (or any flavor) dough and package it up in our large no soup for you containers. Double the batch, double the amount of gifts you’ll have on the ready! Hosting a cookie swap? This makes a great addition – cookies for when the others run out.

We just wrote the simple instruction for baking on one of our square kraft labels and tied it up with a pretty bow.  When your host’s sweet tooth comes calling, this will be on the ready. And, we couldn’t let you leave without giving you one of our favorite sugar cookie recipes, thanks to Martha!

Sugar Cookies from The Martha Stewart Cookbook

2 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 pound (1 stick) butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 tbsp. brandy

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Sift together the dry ingredients.  In a n electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light; add the egg, brandy, and vanilla and beat well.  Add the dry ingredients a little at a time and mix until well blended. (note* at this point, we scoop the dough into small balls and place on a cookie sheet to freeze.  Once they are frozen, we pack them up…if you want to do it the old fashioned way, keep reading!) Wrap and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before rolling.

Preheat the oven to 400F.  On a lightly floured board, roll out one third of the dough at a time.  Roll to about 1/8 inch thick and cut out with cookie cutters.  Put the shapes on parchment-lined baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes.  Do not allow to brown, cool on racks.

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  2. Posted by: Erin on December 22, 2010

  3. Can you tell me about how many ‘no soup for you’ containers one batch makes? I love the idea but would like to know this so I can plan better! I am going to give this to my girlfriends (that don’t have a man in their life) for Valentine’s Day!

  4. Posted by: garnish on January 20, 2011

  5. We’ve emailed Erin a reply but for anyone else wondering here’s our thoughts. We like to scoop a bunch of cookie dough balls onto a baking sheet, cover in plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen, you can plop around 10 or 12 in the container.

  6. Posted by: Debbie Feil on October 5, 2011

  7. Where did you purchase the containers???

  8. Posted by: Debbie Feil on October 5, 2011

  9. Nevermind….answered my own question…duh!

  10. Posted by: Pammers! on October 8, 2011

  11. I would also like to know where you go the containers? Thanks!

  12. Posted by: garnish on October 10, 2011

  13. Have to admit, we got a chuckle out of it ;-)

  14. Posted by: garnish on October 10, 2011

  15. Why from Garnish of course!

  16. Posted by: Inspired on October 11, 2011

  17. Do you give the container with cookie dough frozen? And does the recipient have to keep it frozen until ready to bake?

  18. Posted by: garnish on October 11, 2011

  19. You have a couple of options. A favorite of ours is to prepare cookie dough balls and freeze. Then pop those in a container. That way, all the lucky recipient needs to do is place the frozen cookie dough balls on a baking sheet and bake. Totally simple.

    The other option is to just fill the container with cookie dough. If you go this route, it will just need to be thawed so it can be scooped out.

    Cookie dough balls work best when frozen, as it keeps them from sticking together. A tub of dough – could be gifted thawed or frozen…choice is yours!

    One thing’s for sure, no matter what route you choose…it will bring smiles!

    Hope that helps!

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  24. Posted by: Kim on October 11, 2012

  25. What size label did you use? Love this idea!! Thanks

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  28. Posted by: Isabel on October 25, 2012

  29. Hi there,

    Just wondering if the labels can come already printed? Or is there a special red pen that can be used to similar effect as your labels in this picture which look really lovely. Think it makes all the difference.


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  32. Posted by: Kelly on October 31, 2012

  33. What an incredibly awesome idea! AAAAAH! I love it! Ordering some containers today! :)

  34. Posted by: Tammy on November 2, 2012

  35. What a lovely presentation! Who doesn’t love cookies! Thank you!

  36. Posted by: Desera on November 27, 2012

  37. Do you have to use Brandy? Could you replace it with something else or omit it?

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