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Easy DIY Halloween Party Favors

There are so many cute Halloween party favor ideas floating about the web, like the witch's broom goodie bags for example, though they do require some DIY experience. These tin-tie bakery bags are the perfect size for a Halloween goodie bag, and they require no crafting skills. I love howthe favor bags I made them with are cute enough for kids but still nice enough for the grown-ups as well. All you need are the bakery bags, ribbon, and 3D Halloween stickers from the craft store. You can use the smaller bag pictured above or a larger bakery bag with a window display. I like to fill the larger ones with treats to give out as holiday presents to neighbors and teachers.



Simply fill the bags with a Halloween treat (homemade or store-bought), close them up and tie them off with ribbon, then affix a sticker to each bag. These are food-grade bags, so they're perfect to fill with homemade fall treats like popcorn, kettle corn, or Halloween chocolates. Try my DIY gourmet popcorn

Molasses Snickerdoodle Cookies


I love traditional cookies during the holidays - sugar cookies, gingerbread men, snowball cookies. But last year I wound up with an extra bit of molasses. As I made one of my favorite cookies of all, the snickerdoodle, I thought why not? Like most of my what-the-hell experimental recipes, this one turned out so, so yummy and I'm already wanting to make more!

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 & 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter softened (or shortening)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup molasses

Cinnamon Sugar Topping 
  • 3 tbs granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  2. Combine dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, and spices in a separate bowl and give it a quick stir with a whisk.
  3. Cream butter (or shortening) with the sugar. Add in the vanilla, eggs, and molasses.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
  5. Combine your cinnamon sugar topping in a small bowl.
  6. Roll the dough into small 1" balls and roll into the cinnamon sugar. Bake on an un-greased baking sheet for about ten minutes.
Package them as holiday gifts with:  tin-tie bakery bags  +  red ribbon  +  Christmas gift tags


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