I actually bought cookies (nice ones, but store-bought!), but I did make the two recipes below, so there was some homemade element. Mama's got to do what Mama's got to do!
Here's a cute way to give cookies. I wish they were homemade, but at least the packaging shows I put thought into these gifts for some special people. I want people to feel special when they receive a gift from me. After all, it's about them!
I also made gift baskets filled with homemade cocoa mix, homemade marshmallows, chocolate candy, a holiday tea towel, a sampler of coffee and a glass mug. I like the look of a glass mug and these are made in USA. I worry about possible lead contamination in some ceramic cups. I can always use extra kitchen towels, so I like to tuck those into gifts. The basket is solid green, so it can be used at times other than Christmas and it's a nice size for paper dinner napkins.
My friend Amber makes peppermint marshmallows every year at Christmas. This recipe is copied from Martha Stewart Living. It was my first time to try them. Delicious, pretty, and not that difficult. You just have to have a block of time to work on them without distraction. A stand mixer is a must. Have powdered sugar ready for cutting. My Pampered Chef sugar shaker came in handy. After each cut, powder the squares on all size so they won't get sticky.
Here's the link to the recipe: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/candy-cane-marshmallows
Alton Brown's Hot Cocoa Mix
Here's a nice, rich recipe for a dry mix. I just mixed it and put it in air-tight glass jars and paired it with the marshmallows above. Yes, it's easier to buy cocoa packets, but they usually aren't as good and this shows you took care and effort to prepare the gift.
Here's the link for the cocoa mix: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/hot-cocoa-recipe/index.html