Another simple idea is to send your guests home with a sweetly packaged cookie. Whether you bake them at home or purchase them at the bakery, kids will be happy to have a sweet treat to enjoy after the party. Place cookies in Halloween-themed bags, wrap in twine and attach a printable Halloween tag.
Repurpose your old cookie cutters into charming candles by melting blocks of crafting wax in a pan on a stovetop, pouring the liquefied wax inside of the cookie cutters, and then adding a wick before the wax hardens.
Make It: Sweeten your seasonal decor by using tree ornaments made from cookie dough. You'll need four cups of flour, one and one-half cups of water, one cup of salt, clear protective food coating and ribbon. First, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Next, combine the first four ingredients. Knead the mixture into dough and roll out flat. Cut the dough into fun shapes using holiday cookie cutters, then place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. After removing from the oven, and while the cookies are still soft, use a knife to poke a small hole in the top of each. Coat the cookies with a clear protective food coating, thread ribbon through each hole and hang on the tree.
A yummy blend of oatmeal, chopped caramels, walnuts and chopped apples make this cookie a winner. The richest version features true caramel candies, but you can substitute caramel-flavored chips in a pinch. They don’t deliver the same gooey sweetness as the candy, but the flavor comes close. Because of the apple, these cookies are moist. Store in layers separated by parchment sheets. Refrigerate if you plan on storing them beyond a few days—if they last that long. For a variation, try different nuts, including black walnut, hickory or pecans.
Use six basic ingredients to make classic Christmas sugar cookies for upcoming holiday parties. Use cookie cutters to create stars, trees and other traditional shapes, and then dress up with frosting and sugar crystals in seasonal hues. Get the recipe.