I love homemade gifts. I mean love them.
If it’s homemade, it holds a special place and memory in my heart.
And, sometimes home-made gifts are holiday lifesavers as well. Do you need a fun gift for someone? Did you forget Aunt Sally was coming to your mom’s for Christmas dinner? Here is a sure-fire, simple-living, totally sensational sugar cookie recipe. I cannot take credit for this recipe. I totally learned it from Sandra Lee.
It’s so simple you only need two things:
- A bag of sugar cookie mix
- A jar of your favorite fruit preserves/jam
First, preheat your oven to 275-300 degrees. Ours cooks hot so I cook them at 275.
Next, mix the sugar cookies as usual.
Next, put aluminum foil in a small sheetcake pan allowing it to slightly overlap. This will make it easier to get the bars out later.
Grease the pan. If you leave oil on your hands, it will keep the dough from sticking to you in the next step.
Put 2/3 of the batter in the pan spreading it out evenly. Make a gentle lip around the edges to help hold in the jam.
Now choose your favorite jam (I like apricot or raspberry) and spread 4-5 tablespoons (or more if you like) on the dough.
Then, dollop the remaining dough on top.
Next, bake for 15 minutes and check it. The cookies must bake slowly in order for the center to cook all the way. Bake until golden brown.
Allow to cool thoroughly before removing from the pan. This allows the jam to solidify and not run all over your counter when you cut them. Plus, if you cut the bars before they are cool (like I did) they have a tendency to fall apart.
Remove the aluminum foil and cut as desired. I cut off the edges for a cleaner look.
Wa-la! You have a fun, yummy, home-made gift to give to someone. Have you received a home-made gift that made your heart sing? I’d love to hear about it below.
May God bless you richly this Christmas.
Thank you, God, for Jesus.
-Bohemian Christian Chelle