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Cookies - The Perfect Gift For Any Occasion

Published May 06, 2013        by Sarah

flower cookiesWhat do you get for the one who has everything?  How do you congratulate someone on a promotion or new baby?  What’s the best way to express condolences or other feelings that are hard to speak with words?  How do you say “Thanks for being a friend,” or “I’m sorry,” or anything else?  The answer: cookies. They are the perfect gift for any occasion, even giving thinking of you cookies when there is no special occasion is a great idea.

Why are cookies so great?  They are versatile: you can bake hundreds of varieties or make up your own. You can decorate them or leave them plain. You can drop them or cut them.  You can make bouquets or put them on a plate and try to resist them until they cool down.  There are cookies for low-fat diets, organic diets, vegan diets, and chocolate-is-good-occasionally diets. You can even make sugarfree cookies! There is really something for everyone, for every occasion.

There are a few varieties that will serve you well, even if you do not know the recipient that well (whether a new neighbor or a co-worker). These include: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, and sugar cookies. If you have reliable recipes for these cookies, you have the makings of great gifts right in your pantry.

If you want to get adventurous – or if you tend to give the same cookies to the same people – break out of your routine with new and exciting recipes. There are virtually endless options; here are a few to spark your creativity and tempt your taste buds.

Italian Special Sweet Fried Ravioli

Recipe courtesy of AllRecipes

You will need:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups shortening (for frying)
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans, drained and pureed (yes, really!)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup pureed dates
  • ¾ cup ground walnuts

For the ravioli:

  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup melted shortening
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for dusting

To make:

  1. Melt both semisweet and unsweetened chocolates in microwave or double-boiler. Stir until smooth and let cool.
  2. Heat 2 cups of shortening in large skillet.
  3. Mix garbanzo beans, sugar, and cinnamon. Add dates and walnuts.
  4. Blend garbanzo bean mixture with chocolate. Chill and make your ravioli dough.
  5. Beat eggs until fluffy. Add ¼ cup melted shortening and stir.
  6. Sift together flour, sugar, and salt. Add to eggs.  If dough is sticky or hard to handle, add a bit more flour.
  7. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to about 1/8 inch.  Cut it into 3 circles (the top of a drinking glass is great for this).
  8. Put one teaspoon of the chocolate filling onto the center of the dough circle, fold into half circle, and then pinch it closed.
  9. Fry the cookies in the shortening (or hot oil), turning once.  Remove with slotted spoon when they are light brown and let drain on paper towels.
  10. Refrigerate when cool.
  11. When you’re ready to serve, dust with confectioners’ sugar and enjoy!

This is an old recipe – your grandmother may have made them. The beans add great texture, and we promise, the end result is fantastic.

Cookie Balls

These are an easy variation to try.

You’ll need:

  • Package of chocolate sandwich cookies.
  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese.
  • Chocolate for melting.

To make:

  1. Crush the cookies with a blender, hand mixer, or put them in a plastic bag and crush them with your hands.
  2. Add cream cheese to the crushed cookies and mix it. It is much easier to do this with your hands than with a utensil.
  3. Form mixture into one inch balls. Put in freezer to chill.
  4. While chilling, melt chocolate.
  5. Take only a few balls at a time and dip them into the melted chocolate. Put them aside to harden. When all are done, pop them back into the freezer.

If you want, you can drizzle these with white chocolate or, while the chocolate is wet, you can add crushed cookies.

Try something new; your recipients will love the gift, and they will be happy to get something a bit out of the ordinary.