Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Spread Cheer: #SendHallmark & Cookies

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Tis the season for giving the perfect gift. One simple way to show someone you care is to gift them something tasty and made from scratch. Connor and I wanted to spoil a friend this week with a holiday care package so we spent Monday morning baking, signing cards and listening to Christmas music. When picking out the perfect card and one of a kind ornament for our friend, I knew we need to stick with the pros: Hallmark.

I've mentioned before that Connor and I love going to story time at our local library. We recently gained a new childrens librarian, Ms. Jo, and we instantly feel in love with her. Her enthusiasm for reading and sharing the library with little ones is infectious. You can tell she loves her career and the time she spends with Connor and the others so we wanted to thank her with a simple care package of a Christmas ornament, card and cookies.
Sunday morning, the boys and I visited our local Walmart to pick up the goodies we would need for Ms. Jo's gift. First stop was the Hallmark card and ornament aisle. I wanted to find a Christmas ornament with 2015 displayed. It didn't take long and I found the perfect ornament for the occasion thanks to Hallmark's holiday selection.

Next up was to get home and start baking. I don't know what it is about this time of year but I can not stop baking. I scroll through my blog feed or Facebook or spend a minute or two on Pinterest and I've discovered a handful of new recipes I have to add to my "Baking Wish List". I've been toying with the idea of making another brownie cookie and thought this would be the perfect time to give it a shot and gift some to others.

Ingredients for White Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies
  • 1 box fudge brownie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 oz. (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup of  white chocolate chips 
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, beat the brownie mix, butter, cream cheese, and egg. Slowly add the white chocolate chips, a 1/2 cup at a time and gently fold the chips into your brownie batter. Using a small cookie scoop, place small round balls on an ungreased cookie sheet. This recipe yields 24 cookies. Unless you are like me and go big and you'll get about 18 cookies total.
  2. Bake for the cookie dough 11-13 minutes. You don't want to overcook your brownie. My first batched backed for 11 minutes and was a bit gooey so I increased my time to 13 minutes.
  3. Allow cookies to cool before moving to containers or your tummy, all depending on the amount of self-control you have. Me? I have none. 

We can't wait to gift Ms. Jo her goodies this morning at story time. No matter what the occasion, a Hallmark card and cookies are always well received and perfect for gift giving. Create you shopping and baking lists and click here to save $1.00 off of a two Hallmark Greeting Card purchase at Walmart, minimum $1.00 purchase required. Take advantage of the savings and #SendHallmark this holiday season. Lacking inspiration? Check out these one of a kind holiday card ideas and let the giving begin. Happy gifting friends!

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