It’s almost time for you to celebrate an anniversary: whether it is with your spouse or to commemorate a particularly special milestone of another couple, an anniversary is certainly a worthy occasion for indulgence and decadence. Treat yourself or others to wonderful, fresh cookies for the special day. While you can always throw some chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies in a box and call it good, why not take a look at some cookie gift ideas to help you celebrate in style?
I Love You This Much… Giant Heart Cookies
Wilton sells a giant heart-shaped cookie pan that allows you to whip up your recipient’s favorite cookie variety easily. The pan is about $8 (though you might try looking around for a lower priced option at discount/dollar stores) and you can reuse it for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or anytime you want to say a special “I love you.”
- Make your dough as usual and chill; the Wilton pan comes with a recipe, but you can use any refrigerated dough (whether premade or homemade).
- Press the chilled dough into the pan.
- Bake. The pan’s design will allow the cookie to cook evenly and the inside will stay nice and moist.
- Let the cookie cool, and then decorate with anything you like. Since the cookie is so big (11.5 x 10.5 x .5 inches), you can write a special message for your anniversary.
Make a Cookie Bouquet
A beautiful bouquet is always a thoughtful gift – but why not make it one your recipient will never forget? You can buy a premade anniversary cookie bouquet, but making your own is easy.
- First, make your favorite sugar cookie recipe. There are countless versions all over the web, and you can even use store-bought dough if you want. We won’t tell.
- Refrigerate the dough before you shape it.
- Roll out the dough. It will be much thicker than normal because you need to be able to insert a skewer or lollipop stick without breaking the cookie. Make sure the dough is ¼ to ½ inch thick.
- Cut your cookies into the shapes you want. Flowers are obviously a great choice, but you can do whatever you like. Good options include stars, hearts, circles, or a mix of shapes.
- If you want, refrigerate the cut cookies again. Doing so will help prevent them from spreading and losing their shape.
- Insert a heat-proof wooden stick, skewer, or chopstick into the unbaked cookie.
- Bake. Remember, these are thicker cookies so you may want to turn down the oven and bake a little longer. Keep your eye on the cookies, though, so they do not burn.
- Let the cookies cool, and then decorate. Use anything you like including sanding sugar, luster dust, icing, sprinkles, or candy bits.
- Arrange your “flowers” in a terra cotta plat pot, a vase, or any container you like.
Cookies with Class
Make something a bit different; if you usually make chocolate chip or sugar cookies, why not try something else? Variety is the spice of life, right? Try gourmet recipes, interesting ingredients, including coconut, flax seed, dried cranberries, fig, and other goodies. Or try changing your presentation. Here is a recipe for Turtle Cookie Balls which are sure to be on the agenda for your next anniversary as well.
Courtesy of Kraft
- 1 package (8 oz) of original cream cheese (softened)
- About 2-1/3 cups of Nilla Wafers, crushed into fine pieces
- 3 tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping
- 2 packages (8 squares each) of Baker’s semi-sweet chocolate (melted)
- ¼ cup of your favorite pecans
- Mix together the cream cheese, wafers, and the ice cream topping.
- Shape mixture into nice, round 1-inch balls.
- Freeze balls for 10 minutes.
- Dip in your melted chocolate, then place on waxed paper-lined pan. While chocolate is still hot, sprinkle on your pecans.
- Refrigerate until they are firm, minimum of an hour.
These are like mini turtle cheesecakes; a delicious, decadent treat!
This year, show how much you are with an incredible cookie gift. And then help them enjoy it!
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Betty Ann Sherman is a writer with a special interest in baking and cookies. She regularly contributes to the Gourmet Cookie Bouquets Recipe Blog as well, put together by http://www.gourmet-cookie-bouquets.com/.