This post is well over-due.......it's been a while since I've done my last Bake It, Make It & Take It post.
Oh......and speaking of my mom and cookies....she's got an amazing Give-Away of her own on her blog! You can win Martha's Stewart's brand new Cookies cookbook! Go here to enter: Cookie cookbook Give-Away
So.....on to my post about these amazing cookies.
This peanut butter cookie recipe actually belonged to my Great-Grandmother Doris Thompson and then she passed it on to my grandmother, Beth. My parents used to make these cookies when they had their bakery/cafe. They're not overly sweet.....they're just perfect.
When I was trying to figure out how to package these, all that kept coming to mind was stacking them in a tall cellophane bag with a belly-band, so that's what I went with.
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I have a huge love for chocolate and peanut butter together. When I made my cookies, I couldn't just make them as plain peanut butter cookies. They HAD to have chocolate chips in them. My kids have gotten to the point that they pretty much won't eat baked goods unless they have chocolate chips in them. They ARE their mother's children. *wink*
I stacked my cookies in a tall cellophane bag and tied it up with a length each of Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon and the new Chocolate Chip Poly-Twill ribbon from the Occasions Mini Catalog (it's also available in Old Olive).
To create the belly-band to put around the package, I cut 2 strips of patterned paper (one a tad wider than the other) from the Apple Cider Designer Series paper pack (now retired) because I liked the muted warm earth tones......they reminded me of peanut butter and chocolate. I adhered one on top of the other and then wrapped them around the package, securing the ends with Sticky Strip (aka: Red-line tape).
For a simple stamped greeting, I chose the word that came to mind: YUM - Talk about simple and to the point!
I used the Playful Alphabet set from Kitchen Sink Stamps to stamp the letters on a scrap piece of More Mustard cardstock with Versamark ink. I sprinkled them with Black embossing powder and then heated them up. I cut them out, leaving a small border of More Mustard cardstock around the edges of the letters. I mounted the letters over the front of my belly-band with pop-dots for some fun dimension.
It doesn't have to take a long time or take a lot of "stuff" to dress up a package of baked goodies. A belly-band is a really easy way to make your baked gifts look fun and tempting.
I've already eaten my share of those amazing The Best Peanut Butter Cookies so as much as I want to dig into that pretty package and eat them all myself, I DO have plans to pass this little bag of goodies on. I'm going to be bringing them to the girls that work at our little town post office. They love baked goodies and they're always looking out for me. The postmaster even passes on her insect and bird books on to Zach, has caught and held bugs for him until I go in to get my mail and always has a candy dish out for the kids. I love living in a small town. The cookies will be a good way to show my appreciation to them.
(the peanut butter cookies at left were made by my brother in his bakery.....he makes HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of cookies every week.)
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