Tools, Tips & Tricks :

Tools, Tips & Tricks with Gooseberry Patch

Over the years the ladies at Gooseberry Patch have had the opportunity to collect so many wonderful holiday gift ideas.  We are so lucky today to have them share some of their favorites with you!

Everyone loves swapping treats for the holidays, and when they’re made with love and wrapped with imagination, they bring out the kid in all of us. We love giving little treats to teachers, neighbors, co-workers or just making an anonymous drop-off to someone who’s been extra nice this year.

Seems like from the very first day, however, December is filled with places to go and things to do. How to satisfy the desire to give something from the heart of your home and not spend hours and hours in the kitchen? Today’s tips are our very best super-simple treats to make…store-bought ingredients and a little inspiration are all you need to whip up some goodies in a jiffy!

Big and little kids will love getting a homemade S’mores Kit, and it’s so simple to put together. Arrange packages of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars inside a cheery enamelware pail. Be sure to slip in our recipe for Snow Cocoa too.  Made in a slow cooker, this creamy white cocoa is ready for everyone to enjoy after their frosty outdoor fun!

We love using refrigerated cookie dough to make short work of holiday cookies. There’s almost no end to the ways you can dress them up! Cut them into minis and sandwich a little icing in between, roll the edges in colored sugar or chop up some gumdrops to blend into the dough before baking. We like to fill a vintage-style tin or cut-glass jelly jar with these…a wide-mouth mason jar would work too!


Pile three chubby chocolate-dipped marshmallows in a cello bag and tie with a pretty ribbon and you’re sure to make their day. They’re so easy to make…just melt a cup of your favorite chips with a teaspoon of oil in the microwave. Use a toothpick to dip marshmallows and, while chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with crushed peppermint, jimmies or colorful chocolate candies. Let them firm up on some waxed paper in the fridge and they’re ready to give!

Here’s another super-quick snack you can make and give! This only takes three ingredients: a bag of waffle-shaped pretzels, some of our favorite striped chocolate kisses and another bag of candy-coated chocolates. Line up your pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet, top each with a chocolate kiss and pop the whole sheet in a 170-degree oven for about 5 minutes. You just want to soften up the chocolate a little. Take ‘em out and press a candy-coated chocolate into the melty kiss and let cool. Chill in the fridge before packing up to give in cello bags. Add a twist of ribbon and you have yourself several gifts to hand out…and some snacks to enjoy too!

Thank you for these wonderful tips! These are great ideas to make neighbor and teacher gifts so much easier this year!

Remember to enter Pieography! Share your original recipe with us for a chance to win $1000 before Thursday, December 15!


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