An Easy Holiday Homemade Gift Idea that Won’t Make you Curse
I married into a huge family. And I mean huge. Nobody knows which kids belong to which adults and the general motto is “Everything is going to be fine… eventually.” When we get together, we have to rent out spaces. Picture having your Thanksgiving in the elementary cafeteria room of the local county school. It’s awesome. Except for when it comes to gifting practices…
A few Christmases ago, I counted up the number of gifts that we needed to purchase, then tote 11 hours in the car -and the total was 23. I know every family unit has their own practices and ways of doing things when it comes to gift giving, so for some of you reading, this is child’s play. I, however, could not fathom the creative space, budget wiggle room or travel capacity that would be necessary for this type of feat. So whether you are planning for 1 or 50, or want to make in bulk a fun gift for all of your friends and neighbors, or are flat out incredible and way better at gift giving than I, feast your eyes on the small but tasty gift that answered all of my problems.
Homemade Cookie Butter.
You can make this with virtually ANY cookie. I had the most success with chocolate chip (store bought Chips Ahoy) and Oreos (this one got really smooth and creamy, and you have to scrape off the filling, but it’s tasty). Either way, every single person I gifted this to was a raving fan. And the leftovers weren’t all that bad.
- 2 cups cookie crumbs
- 1/2 stick butter (melted)
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup evaporated milk
- water as needed (this will depend on your cookie choice)
- Make the cookie crumbs. Throw all the cookies into a food processor and blend into a fine powder until you have about 2 cups. This will vary, depending on your cookie choice. (Note here, that if you use a cookie with a cream filling, you need to scrape it out before crumbing).
- On the stove, mix your melted butter, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk on low until it’s all creamed together. Add to cookie crumbs about a spoonful at a time and mis until the cookie butter is just wet enough to stay together.
- Once my cookie butter was blended, I just let it chill in the fridge for a few hours (or Gilmore Girl’s episodes, depending on how you time things).
- Then, divvy it up! This process can look however you want. I wrapped mason jars in labels and tied burlap around the tops, just to make it feel festive. If you are dividing up your butter into separate jars, I recommend mixing in a tiny drop or two of water and stirring as you disperse (⅛ of tsp as you go). This will make it creamier and easier to divide.
(Inspiration and original recipe adapted from abeautifulmess.com)