Friday, December 16, 2011

Shake n' Bake



Dog treats (: Recipe coming soon!
Thumbprint Jam Cookies. Recipe here.

Peppermint Oreo Truffles. Recipe here.



I've been itching to bake for awhile, and now that I'm finally done with school I've got time! Thankfully almost all these treats will be wrapped up and given away, so I won't be tempted. 

With a poor college student's budget I don't have the funds to buy everyone on my list a store-bought gift. Baking is the easy, no-sew answer. So for the last couple of days, I've been a baking queen and have dirtied just about every dish we have. But the results speak for themselves and I'm about half way done with my Christmas "shopping". Three cheers for that!

How about you? Making/Baking any gifts this year?

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18 comments:

kate said...

these look so good! i better get out my fat pants ;)

Rachel Sayumi. said...

LOVE That you put it in a jar!

question: How do you get good melted chocolate!? I always fail,the chocolate gets hard after a while (I don't have a double boiler,so I use a big pot and a small pot)

xoxo

sayyumii@hotmail.com

youresomartha said...

candy is one of the best gifts, even if you do have tons of money! i'm making some too. random question for you, how did you get no chocolate in the middle of your pretzels?? this is my first time not doing rods, and it's taking me forever and i'm still having chocolate fill the holes.

also, love your jar packaging!

Katy said...

Thanks ladies! I always use a spoonful (or more) of crisco to thin the chocolate. Works great and doesn't seem to leave a funny taste.

Then I fish out each pretzel with fork and bang it against the side of the pot. Helps to get the chocolate only where I want it (:

kellyelizabeth said...

I'm doing the exact same thing you are, baking for everyone on my list!! I can't wait to get started and I'm definitely going to posting the creations in the next week or so. check it out!!

http://kellyelizzabeth.blogspot.com/

-kelly-

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

such pretty pictures!!! I only made one homeade gift this year, for my soon to be in-laws! All your treats look delish :)

Claire Peucker said...

What great ideas - I especially like the look of the chocolate covered pretzels. Simple but effective!

I made up jars of cookie mix for my sisters - you put all the dry ingredients in a jar (for Cowgirl cookies) and then all the person has to do is add the wet ingredients and bake. The ingredients looked great all layered in the jars and I added green & red M&Ms to make it more Christmassy. I found the idea on Bakerella's website. :)

The Cantelmo Family said...

Looks SOOOO good!!!

Just Cassie said...

I haven't baked anything (yet) but I did make some gifts. My favorite was this framed burlap earring holder I made for my mom! (http://becauseisawitonpinterest.blogspot.com/2011/12/framed-burlap-earring-holder.html)
Of course, I saw it on Pinterest! Love your blog. I'm a new sewer and I appreciate the simplicity of your tutorials! Thanks!

Jazmine said...

I wanted to get small gifts for all my co-workers without having to spend my entire Christmas bonus. This is a wonderful idea. I know Michael's and Jo-Ann Fabrics have cute tins and containers (although your jar idea is great for year round gifting!)

Chiana Lia said...

New follower here, you make me want to sew and craft and do all kinds of artsy things! I wish I had the patience to bake gifts for my loved ones, but my laziness tends to overwhelm my creative urges. I'm excited for the dog treats recipe though! They look simple enough and I do know a dog or two that would enjoy a treat=)

Happy in red said...

Makinng gifts yourself is so much fun to do and over the last year I've found that people actually really apprecite the efford over store bough gifts. We don't celebrate Xmas in the Netherlands, but at Sinterklaas (Dec 5th) I gave lots of hand made presents like knitted scarves, crochets hats and gloves, sewed bags and home made jam. I love the cookie jar idea as well. Thanx!!
Esther.

♔Reyna♔ said...

do you have a diy for these yummy goodies? That would be great!! Thanks!

reyna

Eva said...

The thumbprint jam cookies and the peppermint oreo truffles look super delicious :)

K makeitandfakeit said...

This is such a great idea, and very cute!
I'm also making Homemade vanilla and Homemade cookie mixes to give away this Christmas.

Cindy Dy said...

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