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What Kinds of Cookies Should I Put in a Housewarming Gift?

Image by slgckgc on FlickrThoughtful and useful – they’re the two factors you want to keep in mind when it comes to any housewarming gift, and cookies always fit the bill. They’re insanely useful because everyone needs a sugar rush as they try to get their new home put together in style. They’re a straight A in the thoughtful category too, because you’ll be taking the time to put them together for that special family or person in your life. Wondering which types you might want to add to your housewarming cookie arrangement? Here are a few to choose from.

Traditional Sugar Cookies: Sugar cookies are a great gift for a housewarming party, partly because you can be so creative with them. Cut them into shapes like houses, sold signs, or cute little keys. Decorate them with text like “Home Sweet Home” and even the new house number if you like. Just take your favorite sugar cookie recipe, some royal icing, and some food coloring. To make things even easier, you could use an icing marker to help get the job done.

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Nothing says “Welcome Home” quite like a warm chocolate chip cookie, so they’re the ideal choice for a housewarming gift. Go with giant ones or small bite-sized ones for a bit of variety. Not sure which recipe to use? The Toll House classics are a sure-fire winner. You need 2 ¼ cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of salt, a cup of softened butter, ¾ cup of sugar, ¾ cup of brown sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla, 2 eggs, and 2 cups of chocolate chips. You can add in a cup of nuts if you like. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, beat your butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla. Add in your flour mixture, stir in the chocolate chips (and nuts), then drop by the tablespoon onto your baking sheets. Baking for 9 minutes, cool on the cookie sheet for two minutes, then place on a rack to fully cool.

Whole Wheat Molasses Cookies: Have a friend who is watching her waistline? This is the perfect cookie for a housewarming gift. Filled with delicious wholesome ingredients, this is a surefire winner, even if she’s dieting. To get started, you need 2 tablespoons of ground flax, an egg white, a banana, a cup of whole wheat flour, a cup of oats, ½ cup of blackstrap molasses, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, one teaspoon of ginger, and a teaspoon of baking soda. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the egg white to the flax seed and let it sit while you work through the other steps. Put your banana in a bowl and mash it with a fork. Add in the flour and the oatmeal. Then add the molasses, and finally, the flax and spices. Combine it well, then scoop by the tablespoon onto a baking sheet. Let them bake for 25 minutes. Your kitchen will smell spicy and amazing, and your friends are certain to appreciate the healthy treat.

Frozen Cookie Dough: Offering cookies doesn’t have to mean you actually bake them. In fact, a cookie housewarming gift with frozen cookie dough can be very welcome at a housewarming party. Grab three different kinds of frozen cookie dough, a baking sheet, a wooden spoon, and a cute timer. Wrap them up with instructions for all three kinds of cookies, and your gift recipient has something she can throw in the freezer for that special occasion.

Cookies make a wonderful housewarming gift, and while these suggestions would be nothing short of fantastic, almost any cookie you choose will be perfect for the recipients.

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