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Christmas is a magical time of year. The cold air outside, cozy blankets and warm mugs of hot chocolate. Oh, and lets not forget the cookies. Mmm, the holidays remind me of baking. I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they smell cookies baking in the oven, or getting to try a tasty treat.
Whether you’re an occasional holiday baker or a Christmas cookie queen, Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are a great alternative to gift boxes or tins to give your delicious homemade baked gifts. You put your treats inside, pop on the lid, and give. You can even make it more personal with a bow and gift tag. Simple and easy!
Walmart has a variety of shapes and sizes. They are inexpensive so you don’t have to worry about people not giving you your containers back.
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Check out some great features of TakeAlongs:
Quik Clik Seal™ technology that helps prevent spills in transport.
Lids that are soft and flexible that tightly grip the container for a great seal.
Easy to grab and open pull tab.
Microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
I made a cookie recipe that I wanted to share with you to inspire your holiday baking. I think I will bring them to work with me for co-workers to taste. With Rubbermaid TakeAlongs it’s easy. They stored my cookies and will travel in the same container.
Cranberry Walnut White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Bites
Whew, that’s a long name! But, the combination is to die for! These mini, pop-in-your-mouth cookies are the perfect addition to a holiday cookie swap, to bring to a party, or to give as a homemade gift. One bite…two bites…gone!
1 C Butter
3/4 C White sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2.5 C quick cooking oats
1 C dried cranberry
1 C walnuts
1 C white chocolate chips
1 plastic sandwich bag
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add vanilla and eggs and mix until combined.
Add oats and mix until incorporated.
Add cranberry and walnuts and fold in by hand.
Either scoop or roll out little balls, about the size of a walnut onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-9 minutes.
While cookies are cooling, melt white chocolate chips in a sandwich bag in the microwave for 15-20 second intervals, squeezing along the way. Once melted, cut a small slit in the corner of the plastic sandwich bag. Drizzle over cookies. Leave out to harden, or stick in the fridge if you need them fast.
Makes about 48 small cookies.
It may sound silly to some, but it’s like my love goes into what I prepare. And I want to give that feeling to others. I would love to make lots and lots of cookies and give them to local food pantries or homeless shelters. I feel like giving to people are going through a hard time makes them realize that people are thinking about them. And that feeling, just for a moment, may lift their spirits. And that makes me feel good.
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are great for leftovers and food gifting. But they can also be used for other things besides food. You can use them as storage. You can even use a container to entertain. We used ours to play Christmas Pictionary! It’s a great frugal and fun way to share the holidays with family and friends.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs container
A printout of the Christmas Pictionary words
1 Timer (either a sand timer or stopwatch)
pads and pencils
How to make the container:
Get enough ribbon to wrap around the container and have some left to curl.
Tape the ribbon as you wrap it around the container to hold it in place. tie where it meets and tape to secure.
Add small bow to the middle.
How to play:
Cut out the Christmas Pictionary words, fold them up, and put into a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs container. Make two teams. Each team chooses a person to draw. Choose a word from the container. Each person who draws gets to see the card. Designate a time for each round and use a timer. Whichever team guesses correctly before the time runs out gets a point. Whoever gets the most points wins. You can also play Christmas charades. Instead of drawing what word you get, you act it out. Fun!
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What interesting way would you use a Rubbermaid TakeAlongs container? Leave a comment below. We’d love to hear your tips and ideas!