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Jan 2, 2008 08:03 AM

Grown-up goodie bags: what would you make?

For a forthcoming party, I was thinking of sending guests home with a little bag of treats to nibble on on the way home, I was thinking of making some chocolate chip cookies, homemade oreos, maybe Mexican wedding cookies. I'm looking for some inspired suggestions. Doesn't have to be cookies, for instance, I could make like a homemade hot cocoa kit or something...just trying to think of something fun and make-ahead that won't be too ambitious. Grateful for any suggestions.

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  1. My suggestion: Bark, super easy to make a couple varieties at once and makes for a pretty package. (although peppermint bark should be packaged separately or everything else it's packaged with takes on the mint flavour)

    Otherwise, DH got a small mason jar of Hot Toddy mix as an office christmas present and we've thoroughly enjoyed it :)

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    1. re: maplesugar

      I agree on the bark, easy and can be made ahead and has numerous combinations...this year I added a white chocolate lemon crunch that was really good...and I have some leftover chocolate so goodie bags are a really good idea for a superbowl party I'm having - thanks!

    2. I immediately thought of chocolate-chip cookies, too. I love the recipes that use ground oatmeal. My biscotti always go over big. In coffeeshops, biscotti are usually ridiculously priced and nothing special, so getting a few good ones to take home would be a real treat for many people.

      The homemade cocoa kit doesn't work for me. Most people can't be bothered beyond Swiss Miss. Fusspots like me will prefer my own ingredients. (I hate to think of your efforts going to waste.)

        1. re: Jennalynn

          This was my first thought as well. Over the holidays, I gave away some nuts made with the Union Square Cafe recipe (fresh rosemary, brown sugar, salt, cayenne - let me know if you need exact recipe) and I can't believe how much people raved about them.

          1. re: cookiegirl

            Agree, thanks for the suggestion--I like the idea of something savory for variety. Would be interested in your recipe, too, cookiegirl.

            1. re: Mandymac

              The Union Square Cafe's Bar Nuts

              2 1/4 cups (18-ounces) assorted unsalted nuts, including peeled peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans and whole unpeeled almonds
              2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
              1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
              2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
              2 teaspoons Maldon or other sea salt
              1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

              1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
              2. Toss the nuts in a large bowl to combine and spread them out on a baking sheet. Toast in the oven until light golden brown, about 10 minutes.
              3. In a large bowl, combine the rosemary, cayenne, sugar, salt and melted butter.
              4. Thoroughly toss the toasted nuts in the spiced butter and serve warm.

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                Thanks goodhealthgourmet! You beat me to posting the recipe.

        2. My first thought was the almond bark recipe made with saltine crackers as the base - caremel-y, sweet, salty, chocolate, nuts.

          I've got the recipe if you want it.

          1. CH has a great recipe for prosciutto palmiers. I made these for a cocktail party once and they were a hit. It's easy to make in large quantities and are quite pretty.