Reflection and Repurpose

July 6, 2009

The 4th of July weekend always seems to end in happiness, no matter how it starts out. I was really so excited to spend this past weekend with my family and friends, relaxed and full of yummy food. My husband actually took his holiday on Friday, and we enjoyed three days full of fun, swimming, relaxing, reading and most importantly, eating.

We had three 4th of July events that we enjoyed this year, and I wanted to make sure that I brought something yummy to each one. I grew up with a mother who never showed up to a party (any kind of party) without something special for the hostess, and it is a tradition that I love to uphold. On Friday I sat down to make a new gluten free oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie recipe that I had been given, and I made enough to give as gifts at each event (the cookie recipe is to die for, and my friend Elana who gave it to me has been generous enough to let me share it here with you).


On my quest to reuse as many items that we already own as possible, I again hit up my linen closet in the hopes of finding a beautiful way to package these delicious cookies.


I came across some place mats that I have had for too many years to have never used. They are gorgeous, but to be honest, not really practical. They just do not exactly cry out to have spaghetti sauce or BBQ chicken spilled on them. On Friday morning I tried to make them into one of the drawstring bags that I have become so fond of making. Easy as pie! I simply cut them in half, stitched them on both sides and the bottom, turned down the top for a casing, and added a simple cream colored ribbon for the ties. Perfect cookie gifting bag if you ask me.


The cookies never even made it to desert at any of the parties, and I have to say that this will be a staple cookie recipe in our household. It is smooth, so tasty, and there is no flour used at all, so it is also the perfect for cookie for someone allergic to soy or other alternative grains. It is made with peanut butter, but Sunbutter can be substituted (and may even be tastier) for anyone with a nut allergy. Again, thank you to Elana for letting me post her wonderful recipe. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Oatmeal Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/4 butter, room temperature
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. GF vanilla
1 C of peanut butter (or sun butter)
1 1/4 baking soda
3 cups of GF rolled oats
6 oz. GF chocolate chips
1/2 GF sunflower seeds (or other nuts)

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Beat sugar, brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla and baking soda and mix well. Add peanut or sun butter and mix. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts. Place teaspoon full of dough on a lightly greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly brown around edges.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah July 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

Those are gorgeous placemats, and even prettier bags. I am making those cookies this week, and I am not even gluten free.

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earthycrunchy July 6, 2009 at 10:02 pm

mmm, they look good! I am going to try this recipe! Thank you!

Smiles, Kyndale

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Gina July 7, 2009 at 1:59 am

How fun!

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stitching under oaks July 7, 2009 at 11:36 am

yummy! And your gift bag…your cookie bag is just as yummy!

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Tammy July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm

These are beautiful! I am enjoying getting inspiration for how to reuse many of the things that we have laying around.

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Anonymous July 7, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Gorgeous

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Farmgirl Susan July 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm

What a wonderful idea! I'm always giving away homemade cookies as gifts, but usually they're just (boringly) packaged in plastic bags. Now all I have to do is learn to sew! 😉

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Nicola (Which Name?) October 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

I am making some right now, Heather! Thank you!
Nicola
ps. I knew about everything GF except sunflower seeds? Do I need to buy those GF too? Are nuts and seeds at risk for wheat contamination?! Ack!

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