Kid parties are notorious for passing out goody bags filled with little plastic toys as a way to say, “Thanks for coming.” While the gesture is generous, those little plastic toys are frustrating. They break easily and tears follow. They also are left all over the house. When the kids are at school, you secretly throw them away in hopes they don’t ever remember they had them in the first place. Instead of filling our landfills with even more plastic, give your guests a tasty treat as a parting gift.
Simply slip a cookie in a paper favor bag and seal it with a label (print the one here or design your own). I love this idea because it’s so easy, sophisticated, and sweet. They are perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties… You name it!
You can buy your favorite cookie at your local bakery or make your own.
Personally, I love M&M cookies. I’ve been baking these since I was in middle school. The pop of color always puts a smile on my face. That’s why I think it’s a great cookie to include in your goodie bag. I mean, who doesn’t smile when they are about to eat an M&M cookie.
Here’s my favorite recipe:
Serves up to 3 dozen (depending on how large your cookies are)
- 1 cup of light brown sugar (I prefer the light to the dark because it helps the color pop even more)
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- ½ tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp of vanilla
- Mini M&M’s
- OL350 2.5” circles
- Goody bag label printable
Step 1: Beat light brown sugar, sugar, eggs, vanilla and butter together until creamy.
Step 2: Blend in dry ingredients until creamy.
Step 3. Mix in mini M&M’s.
Step 4. Place cookie balls on a greased cookie sheet. If you want, add a few extra M&Ms on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Then, let cool.
Step 5. Print out your printable labels. I printed on OL350 2.5” circles.
Step 6. Insert your cookie into a paper cookie sleeve. I purchased these chevron designed sleeves at Hobby Lobby.
Step 7. Fold over the top and stick the label onto it.