Making and sharing handmade cards is one of the many reasons I love this hobby. Another of my loves is baking and really, I shouldn’t eat as much as I bake. But there’s another option for combining my two activities—random acts of kindness.
Random acts of kindness or RAK is anything you do anonymously for someone else. And because I’m looking for ways to combine paper crafting and baking, I turned to my copy of 350 Cards & Gifts for ideas.
The first idea I spotted was the Baked With Love bag by Ashley Marcu. This cute but simple design is perfect for sharing a baked goodie such as my latest favorite, Oatmeal Craisin Chocolate Chip Cookies. And, if I wanted to include a different kind of treat, I can easily change the sentiment on the tag to reflect the occasion or goodie stashed inside.
I flipped the page and the Eat Chocolate Tag that Michelle Woerner created jumped off the page and begged me to create it. I love chocolate, and I’m an advocate of eating chocolate when stress is building. This tag can accompany a homemade goodie or a favorite chocolate candy. My plan is to make a few now so I can pull them out when I need them.
I think I’m ready for a few RAK activities. I’ve got my ideas and a plan to create and bake. If you’re looking for treat containers I highly recommend checking out the options in 350 Cards & Gifts. And in case you’re looking for a new cookie recipe, here’s my Oatmeal Craisin Chocolate Chip one.
Oatmeal Craisin Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Adapted from Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by Quaker Oats)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup Craisins
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt; mix well. Add oats and craisins; mix well. Add chocolate chips; mix well. Spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet; bake 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Let cool.
Have fun creating (and baking)!