Homemade for the Holidays

If you need a little nudge to get your cookie recipient list off to a good start, here are some people who might appreciate a little box of somethin’-somethin’.  And so you’re not scrambling through your Tupperware and scribbling names on containers with a Sharpie, don’t forget to stock up on nice giftable boxes or bags, and some pretty tags.   (Writing this makes me feel so organized and mature, I hardly recognize myself.  I just might take my own sanctimonious advice.)

Granola for the Holidays

A jar of homemade granola is a really nice gift.  Especially if it isn’t spilled.

The kids’ teachers

The mailman

The guy who plows the driveway

Your aunt

The neighbors

Your kid’s best friend’s’ family

Your assistant

Your boss

That guy in accounting who has such a thankless job

Your boyfriend’s mother

The doorman

Your doctor

The other parents in the carpool

Your kid’s piano teacher

Your uncle

The vet

Your favorite bookseller

The residents and employees at a local senior home

The interns at the office

Clients

Your great aunt and uncle

The folks at the soup kitchen

The dog walker

The deli guy at the supermarket who always gives you an extra slice of turkey

The babysitter

The building super

The tutor

The pharmacist

The newsstand guy

Your brother/sister-in-law

Everyone at the nail salon

The other class mom

The nurse who was so nice to your grandfather

The friend who just lost her job

Your lawyer’s really nice receptionist

The nice guy at the copy shop who stayed open late to finish the job

The colleague who helped save your can on that big project

The librarian

The dry cleaner

The wine store guy

The yoga teacher

The older woman who lives down the street and always seems so inordinately pleased to see your children

Some giftable recipes to try:

Sugar Cookies
Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Gingersnaps
Raspberry Streusel Coffee Cake with Sweet Vanilla Drizzle
Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares
Dijon, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

Who are you baking for this year?

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