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Send Cookies Just Because

Just because I love you. Just because you’re you. Just because you work so hard.  Just because I care.  Just because I miss you. Just because I appreciate you.  Sending cookies “just because” is always a thoughtful idea – and you can be certain it will be appreciated by your recipient.  Who doesn’t like to know that they are being thought of and remembered?  Don’t wait for a special occasion; don’t wait for a reason. Send your love today!

Just to Brighten Your Day

Flowers smell great and look beautiful…cookies smell great, look beautiful, and taste great.   Instead of a bouquet of blossoms, send a bouquet of just because cookies, and they'll no doubt enjoy the scrumptious baked treats.

It is quite easy to make a cookie bouquet.  Simply make your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or buy a premade batch from the store.

  • Chill the dough before you roll it out to prevent spreading.
  • Roll your dough thicker than usual so it can support the “stem,” or craft stick, lollipop stick, or wooden skewer.
  • After you’ve shaped your cookies, chill them again to help them keep their shape.
  • Insert the craft sticks or skewers into the bottom, and bake. Keep your eye on the time; you need a little extra baking time because of the thickness of the cookies.
  • Let cool and decorate!  Use royal icing, edible markers, sprinkles, colored sugar, and/or decorating gels.
  • If the cookies will not be eaten immediately, individually wrap each one in a clear treat bag or tinted cellophane.
  • Put a ball or block of Styrofoam or floral foam into a clean flower pot or decorate pail. Insert the skewers into the foam and arrange your bouquet. Cover the foam with tissue paper or shredded paper for a decorative effect.

The fun part, though, is decorating the cookies.  If you have cookie cutters on hand, cut out butterflies, stars, flowers, and other fun, sunny shapes.  If not, improvise. Use the rim of a glass to cut circles. After baking, you can dress them up as ladybugs, bees, suns, flowers, smiley faces, and much more.

Some Old Favorites

If your recipient is an oatmeal raisin or chocolate chip cookie lover, whip up a batch of homemade goodies.  You are not going to decorate the cookie, because, really, how could you improve upon these classics!  In this case, you are going to work on your presentation. Arrange the cookies in a reusable cookie jar, tin, bento box, or other container that your recipient can use again and again – while thinking of you!  Layer the cookies with tissue paper to prevent breakage and write a quick note.

Gift in a Jar

As a twist on the Thinking of You cookies, assemble a recipe-in-a-jar for your recipient. This will allow him/her to make the cookies at their convenience.  Perhaps you could attach a note that reads, “Just because you love to bake but never have time,” or “Just because I want some cookies next time I come to visit!”  Try this recipe for Cranberry Hootycreeks from AllRecipes (odd name, great cookie!):

Ingredients:

  • 5/8 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

To make:

  1. Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar in the order listed.
  2. Attach this recipe:

Preheat oven to 350° F and grease or line cookie sheet.  Beat together ½ cup softened butter, 1 egg, and teaspoon vanilla until fluffy.  Add the jar of ingredients and mix together by hand until well blended. Drop onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.  Cool, and enjoy!

Just because is the perfect occasion to send cookies to your coworkers, friends, and family! Let them know how much you care.

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