When we moved to the suburbs the first Halloween we went out the one thing we learned pretty quickly was how many of our neighbours took the time to make extra treat bags for the kids that lived on the street. It was a small gesture but I still remember my daughter being so excited that so and so’s parents had given her a special bag of Halloween candy or treats.
Which was a far cry from life in our former condo where usually the neighbours on our floor would see who could press the door close button in the elevator the fastest the moment they heard their neighbours keys jangling to lock their doors. Such love. It was just our condo. I have tons of friends in the city with fantastic neighours. We just didn’t live in their neighbourhoods.
Anyhow, this year we wanted to reciprocate that gesture.
I am convinced that the best DIY/craft gift bag ever invented is the standard brown kraft paper lunch bag. Add ribbon, twine, stickers, glitter – doesn’t matter. It’s a guaranteed homemade gift comfort zone that will almost always look good, it’s cost effective and more importantly your kids can get involved in decorating it.
With these we just used some Halloween stamps that we had from the dollar store, stamped and cut out the tags from simple construction paper. The Happy Halloween labels I printed up on the computer and after going over 100’s of Halloween Fonts on one of my favourite font sites DaFont, wound up using the Endor font for its gothic yet modern simplicity. Let it be known I did not choose the Star Wars theme intentionally. The whole font name and my Star Wars fanaticism is entirely coincidental.
Add jute twine and yarn and you’re done.
Inside? Chocolate + candy but also home made chocolate cookies from the absolutely best no spread chocolate cookie recipe I have ever tried.
No really, I have made so many sugar cookies and chocolate cookies and I cringe every time they come out of the oven resembling nothing like the cookie cutters that got to them before the dough went in.
These on the other hand. Perfection. Absolutely no spread whatsoever. The shape you cut them is the shape they come out. Without having to cool or freeze your dough beforehand.
I know. It exists. I didn’t think it did.
Did I mention they taste like brownies and not sugar cookies but you can decorate them like they were sugar cookies!
I first came across the recipe at Semi Sweet Designs who got it from Lila Loa and it’s worth all the good reviews it gets. Go try it. There are Christmas cookies calling my name to be made with this recipe.
Happy Halloween! And to everyone affected by the hurricane, especially the little ones who may not be able to get to go Trick or Treating this year, I really hope Santa is extra good to you all this year.