To bake or not to bake for your family & friends..... This is the question.
Last year I made these cranberry haystack cookie/disasters, as well as tinny tasting shortbread cookies. I think the tin taste came from the cornstarch. They looked halfway decent. Really, they tasted fine. Just not up to par with what I consider "give-able".
In the future, I will no longer make things I've never made for anyone other than myself. Especially for a gift! I would recommend the same for any of you venturing on a home baked Christmas gift.
Lastly, I suggest something easy. Last year I made two different things. This year I will make one. Last year I made cranberry, chow mein, marshmallow, white chocolate haystacks that had to be cooked on the stove, moulded together with the right ratio of cranberry to marshmallow. Then, all had to be refrigerated for an hour or more, (I had over 150.. and one fridge) before I could even put them in the 20 individual containers I had strewn across the kitchen. Not to mention the tinny, ridiculously delicate shortbreads.
THIS year, I am either not making anything, OR I am making something I have made before. Something I know everyone will love. Something you can't get enough of:
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies
1/2 cup butter
Just one last tip. Just looking out for you. If you're anything like me, once you get started on anything like this you keeping adding to the list of people receiving them. Keep it as simple as you can. Last year I made for over 15 people. This year it will be for 10 tops and that's if I do it at all.
Keep it so it's always fun. After all, that's what it all started with, right?