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I shared this idea on Positively Splendid a couple of weeks ago while sweet Amy was out on maternity leave with her new baby boy.
If you are looking to jump start your neighbor gifts this year, try this out!
I thought it would be great to combine some crafting with some sugary goodness. I mean, what is Christmas time without a bunch of sweets?
Let's start off with the crafty and functional part of the gift. You'll want to pick up a charger plate somewhere. I got this fun, rhinestone rimmed one at Michael's a few years ago. Use your digital cutter (or have a friend cut it for you!) to cut some sort of holiday saying in vinyl. I chose Joy. I liked the simplicity of it, and then it's not too busy on the plate. Apply the vinyl directly to the charger.
Next, you want to pick up a couple of glass mugs. These babies are from IKEA. You can again use vinyl, or if you want to do some etching, you can use my etched glasses tutorial. I went with vinyl, and cut out Hot Cocoa and applied it directly to the mugs.
Don't they look nice?
(You'll want to let people know to hand wash these only!)
While this would make a fabulous gift on it's own, it would also be fun to include some tasty holiday treats.
Enter my candy cane whoopie pies.
Not only are these delicious, but they are quite easy to make!
Here's what you need:
- 1 box chocolate cake mix
- 1/2 c oil
- 2 eggs
- Andes peppermint crunch baking bits
- 1 can frosting
- red food coloring
- peppermint extract to taste
- crushed candy canes
You'll start off making cake mix cookies. To do this, combine your cake mix, oil, and eggs. Then stir in your Andes baking bits.
Place scoops of dough on your cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes at 350.
Allow cookies to cool before continuing on!
In a bowl, scoop out your can of frosting. Mix it with red food coloring and peppermint extract to taste.
Take a cooled cookie and frost it generously. Roll the edges in crushed candy cane, and add another cookie on top to sandwich it.
Now you've got some tasty treats to deliver on that charger plate!
You could also stick some hot chocolate packets and marshmallows in your cocoa mugs before delivering your gift.
Your neighbors will thank you for the yummy goodness, as well as the plate that can serve as a plate or a decoration! Now they are set to snuggle up to watch White Christmas (best Christmas movie ever) with the Christmas tree lights on, warm mugs of hot chocolate in hand, and tasty treats to enjoy.
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