Published May 06, 2013 by
What 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:
For the ravioli:
This is an old recipe – your grandmother may have made them. The beans add great texture, and we promise, the end result is fantastic.
These are an easy variation to try.
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.