A holiday trend in recent years that I absolutely love are edible, homemade gifts! You’ve seen them on Pinterest–things like mason jars with banana bread ingredients, or oatmeal ingredients. Edible gifts that can be made easily, and presented beautifully. I love edible gifts since I feel they don’t go to waste. Everyone loves to eat, right? Also, they have so much thought put behind them, and they are very budget-friendly too.
I decided to make a yummy cookie Christmas gift this year, but add a bit of a Mickey Mouse flair. Using these adorable mini Stockholm suitcases I got at The Container Store for $6.99, I filled it with five different kinds of cookie dough, an instruction card, and a Mickey Mouse Cookie Cutter.
Making five different kinds of cookie dough was simple. I made a general, healthy version of base cookie dough. The following recipe for base cookie dough makes enough to fill two of these mini suitcase gifts (about 2 dozen cookies):
- 3 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp of salt
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 8 Tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup of melted coconut oil
Step 1. Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2. Add your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients.
Next, it was time to seperate my base cookie dough into five different bowls, to make five different flavors of mini cookie batches!
Next, it’s time to add ingredients to each of your bowls to make five different flavors! I made chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip, and peanut butter.
I added chocolate chips for chocolate chip cookies, brown sugar and cinnamon for snickerdoodle, a large spoonful of peanut butter for peanut butter cookies, cocoa powder and chocolate chips for double chocolate chip, and rolled oats and raisins for oatmeal raisin. You can get really creative with this part! You can make M&M cookies, or add broken up Reese’s, or white chocolate and macadamia nuts…anything you can think of!
Next, I put the dough into five small containers I also found at The Container Store, for $1.49 each, which you can find here. The doughs make five different flavors for each Stockholm suitcase, and the five combined make 12-15 cookies. All the gift recipient has to do is roll, cut their Mickey shapes, and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F! I made downloadable cards with instructions and the flavors I made that you can get by clicking the image below:
I put my five containers in my mini suitcases, along with a Mickey Cookie Cutter and the instruction card. It’s all ready to gift and enjoy! I especially love that the gift recipient can enjoy this if they like raw cookie dough or baked, and they can continue to use the containers and suitcase for storage once they’re done enjoying the cookies!