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The holidays are my favorite time of year. It’s the one time I can justify the mass baking of different kids of cookies – the premise is that I’ll be sharing them. One of the really neat things about the public elementary school my kids go to is the community and parent involvement. One of the special things they do at Thanksgiving is bring in pies for the teachers so they have them to take home for their meals.
Confession: I completely dropped the ball and there was no pie or other holiday dessert for my kids to take in. Mom fail. I’m redeeming myself this week however, with some cookies for teachers. After all, it gives me an excuse to bake and who doesn’t love cookies?
One of my favorite cookies that I’ve been making with my mom for as long as I can is a cookie we call Moldy Mice. Thisrecipe from one of our favorite cookbooks. It’s far stranger than it sounds, it’s basically a sand tart rolled in sugar with a little something extra. They are really easy for kids to make and really delicious too. The downside is they do have nuts, so they need to go in their own happy cookie container so they don’t contaminate the other cookies. I’ve never tried to make them without nuts, though I suppose you could.
(modified from Charleston Receipts, from memory)
1 stick butter
1 tbsp white sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
bakers twine, cut into 2″ strings
Preheat oven to 425.
Cream butter and sugar. Toss nuts with flour and then add to butter and sugar mixture, add vanilla extract and combine well, Mixture may appear crumbly. Shape into small “mice” about the size of your thumb, wrapping them around a string “tail”. If you make fat mice you’ll have about 24 cookies, if you make skinny mice you might get as many as 36. Bake for about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately roll them into confectioners sugar.
In addition to the moldy mice, there is nothing quite like a sugar cookie. Seeing as there is a big space movie coming out soon, I made some fun sugar cookies with some of our favorite cookie cutters.
Now, if I wasn’t making cookies for teachers, I’d put all of these in some plastic bags and call it a day. But since I am taking them to the school, I need to step up my game. A plastic bag just won’t do. I need something I can rely on to keep the cookies fresh!
I picked up some Rubbermaid TakeAlongs at Walmart for my cookies. These containers are fabulous. They store and transport everything from baked goods to leftovers, and even deviled eggs. Holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs come in a variety of festive holiday colors and prints including Red, Green, and holiday prints. They are so pretty they don’t need much more embellishment.
The added bonus? There is a special Ibotta off $1 Off Of Any 2 Rubbermaid TakeAlongs Products rebate offer, exclusive to Walmart shoppers!
All of my delicious cookies will be lovingly placed in Rubbermaid TakeAlong products. I’ll include some napkins, plates and even tongs just in case the teachers want to enjoy them immediately. I’m pretty sure they’ll forgive me for not bringing them pie last month.