Hey new friends, it's nice to "meet" you! I'm Adrianne, and I'm so happy to be a new contributor here. For today's Sizzix Tutorial I'm going to share a simple way to dress up a plate of cookies that's perfect for small gatherings, for gift baskets, for a co-worker's desk - even for those cookies for Santa so he can take them to-go!
I love giving treats this time of year, and the best way to set off a gift is to wrap it up. If you have ever struggled with creative ways to wrap Christmas Cookies, there's a great Sizzix Bigz L Die for that: the Cookie Pocket. I used a combination of textured paper and snowflake embellishments for this rustic winter presentation.
First, I chose a patterned paper from Tim Holtz' Seasonal Impressions Collection. Because the die is angled, I did have to angle the paper so that the center panel (the front) had the words oriented correctly - that's why the sandwich above has paper sticking out. I positioned the paper on the die so that the best words would show, then placed them between a cutting plate base and a crease pad, and rolled it through my Big Shot.
I was able to get two pockets out of one sheet of paper, and both were oriented so that lots of Christmas cheer showed! I sanded them gently to reveal the kraft core. Just brush it off really well so that no paper dust remains - these are for food, after all. I cut a few coordinating red and green kraft core sheets as well for a nice variety of color and textures on the plate. I sanded the edges gently for a more vintage look.
Next, I used the Sizzlits snowflake die from the From Our Home & Yule set to embellish the plain red and green pockets. I just used the scraps from my red and green pockets, giving me red, green, or kraft snowflakes to choose from so that none of the pockets looked exactly alike.
Fold the bottom panel up, and wrap the sides, overlapping the point on each end to close the pocket. Because these will come in contact with food, I used a tape runner to make sure there was no glue leaks. They are a temporary wrapping, since it's for a treat that won't last long anyway!
The embossed paper pockets were pretty on their own, but the plain card stock needed some embellishment. I glued snowflakes on, and added a self-adhesive pearl. You could certainly add more embellishments if that's your style, but because these will be disposable, I kept them simple.
Now, just add cookies! In fact, I've got a great baking hack for you today: my single-batch chocolate chip cookie recipe. I scaled my family's all-time favorite down to just 2 dozen cookies, so you can actually bake up fresh chocolate chip cookies from start to finish in about 20 minutes! It's the perfect size batch for when you're in a hurry, or when you're baking for only a few people. Or, in today's case - when you're just adding two cookies to a few cute pockets!
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1/4 c. plus 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. softened butter or shortening
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 c. plus 2 Tbsp. flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 3/4 c. chocolate chips
Preheat your oven to 375º F.
Mix together the first six ingredients (everything but the flour, soda, and chips). Sift the flour and soda together, and add it to the wet ingredients, mixing well. Finally, stir in the chips.
Drop 1-inch dough balls on two parchment-lined or baking-sprayed cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cookies brown slightly.
And there you have it - a quick way to make a quick treat look amazing! I've really enjoyed sharing with you today, and I'll be seeing you again soon!
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Other Supplies Used:
- Papers: Tim Holtz Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions and Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection
- Adhesives: Beacon Zip Dry Paper Glue, permanent double-sided tape
- Tools: Sandpaper
- Embellishments: Darice flat-backed self-adhesive pearls