christmas treat bag printable template

Holiday Treat Bag [DIY + Free Printable]

I love to bake, especially around Christmas time!  Every year, I usually spend the entire Christmas Eve, “Eve” (Dec. 23) baking mass amounts of Christmas cookies & candies…I love packaging them up into goody bags and giving them out to friends and family.  The thing is, sometimes I have just as much fun (if not more) making the packaging for my Christmas treats!  This year, I found a great printable online that I altered a bit to go perfectly with any Christmas treat package.  Here’s how my Christmas treat bags turned out!

This Christmas treat package was super simple to make.  All you need is a package of clear cellophane bags and a color printer!  Once you load up your goody bags with treats, you simple fold the bag topper in half and staple it to the bag! 

Here’s the template so that you can create your own treat bag topper!  Customize the topper by typing in your own home-baked Christmas sweets!

Seasons Eatings Christmas Treat Bag Template- by Picklee  [click to open in Word!]

Happy baking! Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Witch Fingers & Spider Krispies [recipe]

Last week I posted 10 of my favorite Halloween recipes, which worked out perfectly because I had the opportunity to make some of those treats this past weekend at a little Halloween party Brett and I had.  I always feel like you can never have too many sweets, so I decided to make a big platter of witch finger cookies and rice krispy treat spiders!  These were so much fun to make and they look great too!  I did modify the original recipes a bit after a failed batch of finger cookies that looked more like finger pancakes…so here’s the end result, both of these recipes are Halloween “must-makes”!


We’ll start with the Witch Finger Cookies…I wish I had taken a picture of the failed batch, but trust me when I say they looked awful.  I ended up using a great sugar cookie base for the witch finger cookies instead, here it is!

Witch Finger Cookies [recipe]

Makes approx. 40 cookies

INGREDIENTS

3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tablespoon milk

1/2 tsp. green food coloring, plus 1/2 tsp. for almonds

1 tsp. almond extract

1/3 cup whole, raw almonds

METHOD

In a large bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt-set aside.  In a .medium bowl, combine the butter, sugar, egg, milk, food coloring and almond extract-add to flour mixture.  Roll the cookie dough into a large ball and refrigerate for 1 hour, I have no patience so I froze mine for 10 minutes…still turned out great ;)

While your waiting for the dough you can prepare the witches (almond) finger nails!  Add almonds to a small bowl along with 1/2 tsp of green food coloring.  Stir until the almonds are coated-set aside.

Heat oven to 375.

Once cooled, roll small sections of dough into finger shapes (each cookie is approx. 2 tbsp of dough), lay them onto a non stick or greased cookie sheet.  Add one almond to the tip of each cookie for the witches nail.  Last, use a butter knife to make tiny indents on the cookie for the knuckles!  Bakes for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown on the bottoms.  Here’s how my witch finger cookies looked when they hit the oven:

Then 10 minutes later…


I may or may have accidentally broken a few…then I had to eat all the broken ones since they were no good.  These things are DELICIOUS.


Now for the Spider Rice Krispies Recipe!  This recipe couldn’t be more simple.  It’s your average rice krispy treat recipe with a spooky twist!

Spider Krispies [recipe]

Makes approx. 20 spiders, source

INGREDIENTS

6 cups Cocoa Pebbles

1 bag of mini marshmallows (10.5 oz), reserve a small handful for the spider eyes

1/4 cup butter

mini pretzel sticks (for spider arms and legs)

METHOD

Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add marshmallows and stir continuously.  When butter and marshmellows are fully melted and mixed, remove from heat and add Cocoa Pebbles, stir until pebbles are coated.  Pour into a non stick or glass baking dish and press down.  Allow to cool.

Using a knife, cut the rice krispy sheet into circles.  Stick pretzel sticks in them for arms, pieces of the mini marshmallows for eyes.  I got about three sets of eyes from each mini marshmallow.  Here’s how they turned out!

These things were so much fun to make!



These spooky Halloween treats are perfect to make with kids too!

dwell chevron pillow

Fresh Picked Friday [Vol. 17]

This week’s Fresh Picks!

[9/21/12]

Drooling [Dwell Studios Chevron Pillow in Citrine]

I could live in these shirts, comfy & timeless [Mikkat Pocket Sheer Blouse]

Sweet Treat [Boyfriend Cookies]

Fall Craft [DIY Rope Bowl]

Cozy up with this blanket! [learn to knit]

Unbelievable benefits, reduces cellulite & more! [benefits of dry brushing]

Favorite Fall getaway [North Conway, NH]

guilt free peanut butter chocolate cookies

Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Cookies {recipe}

I scream, you scream, we all scream for COOKIES!?  Not just any old cookies, peanut butter-chocolate cookies!  Sounds sinful right?  NOT.  I love peanut butter cookies way to much to stop myself from turning into a deprived cookie monster every time I see them.  Yes, this was a problem until I stumbled upon this guilt-free peanut butter cookie recipe.  So leave your stretchy pants in the closet my friends and feel free to indulge; this guiltless cookie is worth its weight in gold!

Guilt Free Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Makes approx. 20 cookies (approx. 120 healthy calories each)

Adapted from PB Fingers
INGREDIENTS:
1/3 c. natural peanut butter
½ c. brown sugar, packed
¼ c. agave nectar
¼ c. coconut oil
2 eggs
1 c. oats
1 c. flour
¾ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
½ tbsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. chocolate chips
METHOD:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, agave nectar, coconut oil and eggs together until fully. In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Slowing mix flour mixture into peanut butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheet and bake for approx. 8 minutes or until sides of cookies begin to brown slightly.
Cool and enjoy, guilt-free that is!
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Strawberry Lime Sweeties {recipe}

With the warm weather just around the corner, I’ve been all about refreshing, fruity treats lately. It all started with the Skinny Watermelon Smash Cocktail I feel in love with last week…well here’s a sweet treat that’s a definitely a crowd pleaser and super simple to make too!  Introducing the Strawberry Lime Sweetie Recipe

 Strawberry Lime Sweeties  {recipe}

Crust:

1 box strawberry cake mix

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

2 tablespoons lime zest

Topping:

4 eggs, beaten

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/2 cup lime juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix crust ingredients and press into 9×13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
Mix together topping ingredients and pour over crust. Bake for an additional 25 minutes, until set.

 Sprinkle with powdered sugar while warm. Cool. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

skinny chocolatey chippers

Skinny Chocolatey Chippers {Recipe}

Hooray, it’s Friday!  I was extra good this week (and I bet you were too ;) ) so I say we are worthy of a little reward!  Today, I’m sharing an amazingly delicious treat…one that’s so scrumptious you won’t believe it’s SKINNY.  Yes, it’s true.  These Skinny Chocolatey Chipper Cookies are only 45 calories each (for a big cookie!)  These things are so good, they may even trump the Party For One Cookie!  Feel free to indulge in these guiltless, healthy chocolate chip cookies.  You won’t regret it, I promise!

Skinny Chocolatey Chippers {Makes approx. 12 cookies}

1/2 cup flour (I used  Bob’s gluten free)

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup chocolate chips

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 packet Stevia natural sweetener

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp apple sauce

2 tbsp skim milk

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix your dry ingredients, then add in wet. Form cookies and bake 6-7 minutes. Take out when still underdone–they’ll continue to cook while cooling.

Thanks Chocolate Covered Katie for sharing this recipe!

Enjoy!

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The Dirty Monkey Cookie {recipe}

I love to experiment with different variations on the everyday chocolate chip cookie.  Every so often I hit on something sinfully delicious and blog-worthy; this was definitely the case with my Dirty Monkey Cookies {these were almost too good to share}.  The concept for this cookie came from one of my favorite tropical drinks “The Dirty Monkey”.  Years ago, while vacationing in Punta Cana, I discovered an amazing frozen rum drink blended with fresh banana, milk, and a dash of chocolate, the locals called this a “Dirty Monkey”, you can find the skinny version of that drink here.  I had this drink on my mind as I conjured up this delicious banana & chocolate cookie =)

Gather Up:

{this may sound like a long list of ingredients, but these are really very simple to make!}

- 1 cup whole-wheat flour -

- 1 tsp baking soda -

-1/2 tsp salt -

-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon-

- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temperature) -

-1/2 cup sugar-

-1/2 cup light brown sugar-

-1 tbsp maple syrup-

- 1/4 cup organic smooth peanut butter-

- 1 1/2 tbsp honey-

 1 tsp pure vanilla-

-1 large egg-

-1 large ripe banana (mashed)-

-1 cup chocolate chips-

-1 cup rolled oats-

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, blend the flour, baking soda, salt & cinnamon.

In a medium bowl mix the butter, sugars, maple syrup, peanut butter, honey, vanilla & egg.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together in the large bowl.  Add mashed banana, chocolate chips & oats

Spoon heaping chunks of the Dirty Monkey batter onto a cookie sheet, bake for 8-10 minutes (until golden)

I. LOVE. COOKIES.

Skinny Chocolatey Chipper Cookies

The Party For One Cookie

Dark Chocolate Flour-less Cookies

Enjoy!

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Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies-No butter & Flourless

If you thought the healthy chocolate brownies were too good to be true then you’re in for a real treat… These cookies are amazing-super intense and fudgy, and the best part is that there’s no butter or flour in these puppies!  If there was ever a “healthy” double chocolate cookie, this just may be it!
Flour-less Dark Chocolate Cookies-recipe adapted from the Divine baker
Makes about 24 cookies
Each cookie is approx. 72 calories
Ingredients:
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)
  • 3 large egg whites, room temperature
  •  2 cups powdered sugar, divided (plus 1/2 cup for cookie coating)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 2 large  baking sheets with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Melt 1 cup chocolate chips in glass bowl in microwave, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool slightly.
Using electric mixer, beat whites in large bowl to soft peaks. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft marshmallow cream.
Whisk 1 cup sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Then, on a low speed, add these dry ingredients into the marshmallow cream mixture.
Next, add remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips to lukewarm chocolate mixture (dough will become very stiff).
Add chocolate mixture to cream mixture and blend well.
Place remaining 1/2 cup powdered sugar in bowl. Roll 1 rounded tablespoon dough into ball; roll in sugar, coating thickly. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 2 inches apart.
Bake until puffed and tops crack, about 10 minutes. Cool on sheets on rack 10 minutes.
Transfer to rack, cool.
If you liked this flourless cookie recipe, you’ll love these skinny cookies!
Looking for more recipes?  Find them here!