Martha Stewart Cookie Boxes

Sadly, I’m already caught-up on my backlog of holiday baked goods.  I thought I’d wrap-up with a short ditty on how I packaged the treats. I typically opt for a cellophane bag, some festive Glad Tupperware, or a little Christmas bag or box. However, I am quite the sucker for all things Martha Stewart, as well as cute paper goods.  Naturally when you combine the two, I’ll wreak all kinds of domesticated havoc.

Such a Sucker for Cute Paper Goods

But seriously, is this Martha Stewart Cookie Box not the cutest?  It seemed like a great way to showcase my Grinchmas Cookies, S’mores Cookies, Walnut Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies, and Martha Stewart’s Snickerdoodles.  And it even has a freaking window on it for Pete’s sake.

Close-Up of the Nomness

I didn’t create a separate post for the Snickerdoodles because I made them at night-time and the photos were just awful. Plus, no one would be impressed by the process of making a Snickerdoodle… not that anyone is impressed by anything on this blog anyway.

Getting excited to bake this weekend!  My hiatus is drawing to a close!

As an aside, I usually take a lot of pride in carefully selecting things to hyperlink to throughout my posts to shed a little light on certain situations. Well, I’m shamelessly swallowing that pride and am admitting to having absolutely no tie-in to the one I’m about to share.  It just plum made my week.  Hell, it’s made my year so far and I couldn’t find a clever way to include it.  So here it is.  #nerd

Walnut Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

These Walnut Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies were another part of my 2011 Holiday Bake-A-Thon.  Not much else to say other than they came out looking NOTHING like the photo in the recipe I got from The photos from the recipe were flatter and less textured than mine.  I wouldn’t categorize this as a disaster though – they seemed perfectly fine and were still tasty!

Walnut Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

If you’re not a walnut fan, you will not like these.  They were very walnutty.


I’ve been slacking in the creative department.  I have a ton of crafting/sewing things I started before the holidays that I never finished but want to.  No baking adventures in the foreseeable future, save for a batch of Apple Pie Cookies I’m baking for a baby shower that my old roommate is attending.  It’s my first “order”!  However, I won’t be posting on that since I’ve already posted about those twice.

Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal Bars

I recently reformatted my computer all by myself (+10 geek squad points!) and ended up using these to pay off a friend who got me Microsoft Office and a couple of clutch photo editing programs (Photoshop and Lightroom, here I come!).  Thanks, Jay!

Raspberry Coconut Oatmeal Bar

I randomly came across the recipe while perusing the interwebs and thought it sounded good.  I noticed that the recipe called for a food processor to mix the dry ingredients together, as well as a dough blender to blend the butter and dry ingredients together – neither of which I had.  I never needed to make a crust this way before, and had only ever used Jay’s dough blender to make guacamole (it’s REALLY great for guacamole).  Not having that or the food processor didn’t stop me – I figured I could do it all by hand by… furiously stirring a fork.  I got the dry ingredients taken care of just fine, but the dough blending became challenging once the butter came into play.

I Needed a Dough Blender

After making the crust for these bars with a fork, acquiring a dough blender is now at the top of my to-buy list.  The fork method was tedious to say the least.

Out of the Oven Cross-Section

I’ll be able to actually have some pretty pictures soon using something better than Microsoft Office Picture Manager!  For now, you’ll have to deal with what I got in the gallery here: