Paper-Crafted Random Acts of Kindness

Stacy Paper Crafted Random Acts of Kindness

Stacy Croninger

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.

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pin it button Paper Crafted Random Acts of KindnessThe 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.

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pin it button Paper Crafted Random Acts of KindnessI 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)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

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)!

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13 Responses to Paper-Crafted Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Carol Wilson says:

    Sweet & nice in so many ways!

  2. Barbara R says:

    Yummy looking recipe. TFS

  3. Sue says:

    Those are cute food-related gift bags/tags. Also, thanks for the recipe. It sounds great!

  4. Jean Marmo says:

    Super cute ideas!

  5. Atticelf says:

    Yummy- both visually and in reality. :)

  6. Lisa says:

    Is the RAK a stamp? Where would I get that?

  7. Helen F. says:

    Love the wrapping of baked goods ideas in this PC magazine!
    Thanks for the recipe too ~ will definitely try it :-)

  8. Vianna says:

    … these cookies are too good to give away … lol♥

  9. Kathy Mc says:

    Great packaging and the cookie recipe sounds delish!

  10. Jean Bullock says:

    I love the gift bags. My oven no longer works, but if you send me a gift back of those cookies, I promise you they will be eaten with great gusto and will be well appreciated.
    No? …. Well, it was a try, LOL.

  11. Jean Bullock says:

    I meant, “It was worth a try.”

  12. paper crafts online says:

    Hi Lisa, both projects use stamps for their tags. Baked with Love is from Paper Smooches. Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate is from JustRite.

    Jean, that was so nice of you to offer to eat cookies if I sent them to you :)

    Thanks for all the nice comments – they were fun to read.
    StacyC

  13. Donna Polley says:

    I love making goodies for people I just posted some cute ice cream token gift cards on my blog. http://diecutlady.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-little-thank-you-treat.html
    I made these as a thank you for our youth group leaders.
    Stop in and check them out if you need a fun inexpensive idea for a thank you.
    Donna

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