How are y’all doing on your holiday baking?  Some people might assume that Kate and I spend hours each day creating beautiful baskets full of gourmet goodies to pass out to family and friends all month long.  And who knows, maybe Kate is the goodie-basket lady, but I haven’t even started holiday baking!  I’ve done a few things here and there, like Peppermint Fudge Cupcake Jars for some girls I visit from church but I still have teachers, neighbors and friends to pull something together for.  So if you’re like me and are still catching up on the holiday gifting, here’s a quick and easy idea.  Really it’s a way to be sneaky and let your recipient do half of the work, thus saving you some time in the kitchen.  Shhh… no one has to know.  Really though, it’s kind of nice this time of year to be able to save some of the sweet stuff to bake up on your own schedule (or just eat raw from the fridge at midnight.  No one has to know about that either.)

Just pick your favorite cookie dough.  Some of our favorites are Peppermint Kiss Cookies, Sugar Cookies, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ginger Spice Cookies, or Toffee Chip Cookies.  Or a fun variation is adding cinnamon and white chips with toasted pecans to either of those chocolate chip recipes.

When your dough is done, divide it into how many gifts you want to give.  Most of those recipes can be divided into 4 and the recipient can get a good dozen cookies out of it.  Take a piece of parchment or waxed paper and lay a piece of plastic wrap over it.  Lay out your cookie dough on the plastic wrap and wrap it up securely.  Then just wrap the parchment right around it and tie off the ends with ribbon.

You can then wrap a colorful paper around it, or just grab a marker and write directly on the parchment.  Label the variety of cookie and put the baking directions on the back.  I tied my chocolate cookie dough onto a bag of peppermint kisses with a big red bow. 

See?  Quick and easy!  Here’s a few other fun things I’ve bookmarked lately and thought I’d share.

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I’m in love with these free tags from eat,  drink, chic.  There are three different designs.  Did I mention they are free?  I love free.

I spotted those tags via a reader, Amy, who left a comment on Kate’s Dipped Marshmallow PostShe made her own marshmallows– I love how she put a little wooden bead on the end of the stick- cute! (Also love the little fabric ruffle on the tag from eat, drink, chic.) Y’all are so crafty!

Here’s a great last-minute gift idea from Lolly. A yummy hot chocolate mix recipe and free packaging you can print from home! Bonus points that it’s in my favorite colors.  I don’t know anyone in the world besides Lolly who loves teal as much as I do.

Amy Locurto has some great free gift tags to print off.  Check out these, and a whole bunch more on Living Locurto. These are a great size for Christmas Goodies!

I am obsessed with Bridget from Bakeat350‘s amazing cookie decorating skills, like these peppermint cookies– could you just die?!  Cuteness overload.  If you are like me and love to drool but are too afraid to attempt them in fear that yours will turn out looking like an elementary school art project then you will be ecstatic to know that she is offering free printables of her cookie and icing recipes along with decorating tips!   Those printables were from a little class she taught.  At some chick’s house.  A chick they call the Pioneer Woman.  If you’re wondering how awesome you have to be to get casually invited to PW’s house for a cookie decorating party there’s your answer.  As awesome as Bridget.  (And as awesome as Amy, because she got to go too!)

I love these little Nativity Finger Puppets.  My boys would love them.  They’d probably find out a way to make their fingers into battle weapons and turn the Holy Night into a holy war, but it would still be cute.  Free template at The Idea Room.

Great idea for chalkbooard chargers!  You could personalize these for just about any holiday.  Check out the how-to at Tatertots and Jello and see some of her other creative ideas.  I love this blog.  It’s where I found the inspiration for my rolled flower wreath.

Here’s a bunch of “cute and cheesy” (their words, not mine!) teacher gifts.  Great last minute ideas from the talented girls at eighteen25.  I still need to do teacher gifts- ack!

After Amanda left a comment on this post I had to go check out her blog and link some of her great ideas!  I love this Christmas tree– made from coffee filters!  And these luminaries reminded me of the ones Kate did– but Amanda used Epsom salts to create that beautiful look.  Go check out her site for tons of crafty fun!

My friend Tara created this cute subway art and offered to share it!  It would make a cute gift framed (large enough for 11×14), or printed for a Christmas card.  Download here.

Back when I posted pictures of my house decorated for Christmas, I showed you my basket of Christmas books and someone asked for a list of the titles.  I never did that but noticed that I have a lot of the same books as Melissa from 320 Sycamore.  I love her Christmas book tradition, check it out here and see how she makes it special for her kids all month long.  I’m totally doing this next year!

Fun stuff!  If you have something you’d like to share, feel free to brag in the comment section below.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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