Thursday, November 18, 2010

DIY Holiday Treats

I am not a food blogger, I know, nor do I claim to be a top chef, BUT this easy cheese straw recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, Shutterbean, is SO easy and delicious.

Here's a fun DIY project if you are one to give holiday gifts to friends or neighbors.  I will break it down for you and make it really easy (hopefully).  If you have a grocery store, a party store and an office store, you can easily find everything we need to make this fun edible holiday gift.

First of all, head to the grocery with this list:

2 Sheets Frozen Puff Pastry
Flour (just a little bit for dusting, so you probably have all you need at home already)
1 Egg
Hot Sauce
Extra Sharp Cheddar, Grated/Shredded (enough for 1 cup)
Fresh Thyme Leaves (1 tbsp.)
Fresh Rosemary (1 tbsp.)
Kosher Salt (1 tsp.)
Ground Black Pepper
*You probably have a lot of these ingredients in your kitchen already

Egg Wash, Preparation...
Slicing the puff pastry

Ready to go in the oven!

Final Product.  Mmmm.
 Next step is to head to the party supply store or Paper-Source for cellophane baggies, and ribbon.  Another option is to use mason jars or small cookie jars (but you might have to make more straws to fill up one of these).

The last thing you need is stick-on gift tags so you can put a custom sticker on each of your bags.  If you go to Paper-Source, they may even have the 8.5 x 11 sheets of stickers that you can print with a template on your home printer.  If not, then you can head to the office supply store for the sticker label sheets (there are all different sizes and shapes you can use, and most of them come with template instructions that work in Microsoft Word).

If you're intimidated by this, then you can also just buy or cut out some small cards in a thick pretty card stock and punch holes in them and write a note in a pretty pen.  This takes a lot of the fun out of it for me, being that I love printing and I love custom designs, but friends will be impressed that you are giving them homemade treats regardless.

Then all you have left to do is prep, bake, bag 'em and deliver!

Photo Credits: Photo #2, Shutterbean; Photo #1 and #3-7 came from my own kitchen!

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