Christmas blog fail.
Yes, I've neglected my blog and all my readers since December 17. That's ten full days. Plus, I had a ton of fun Christmas-y ideas to write about... most of which will just have to wait until next year.
So did you all have a good Christmas? I did. It's been great to have some time off work, spend time with my husband's family and get stuff done around the house. Christmas isn't quite as nice as it was when I was a little girl, but I'm still trying to find the place where holiday enjoyment/excitement/wonder and adult responsibilities cross paths.
I did have one teensy little project that I really want to share. You can file it away and use it next Christmas. You're welcome, and thank you for obliging my lateness. :)
My husband and I both wanted to give out small gifts to our co-workers, but didn't want to spend a lot of money. I had pinned an idea on Pinterest many months ago and I remembered it as I was trying to think of something to make... fudge in Christmas cookie cutters! These would also be a perfect gift for friends, neighbors, mail carriers, teachers... anybody!
This was so easy. The hardest part was finding pretty metal cookie cutters that weren't too expensive. I ended up buying a 25-pack of Wilton cookie cutters on sale that ended up being only about 50 cents each. This would be a good time to watch for them on clearance!
I set the cookie cutters on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper. Then I mixed up a batch of Christmas fudge and carefully poured it into each shape. If you spill a little over the edged you can tidy it up a bit after it cools, but try to keep it as neat as possible.
This step was a little bit stressful because the fudge hardens so quickly. I was able to get about 7 or so cookie cutters filled before it would get too thick and stop pouring. If you have a fudge recipe that takes longer to harden, that might work better. I did scoop out the remaining fudge and press it into the cutters with a spoon, but those didn't look quite as nice as the ones that were poured. I was able to fill 10 medium-sized cookie cutters with each batch of fudge.
Then, while the fudge is still soft, decorate it by pressing in mini m&ms or sprinkles. This is what really makes them cute!
I printed little tags for each one and then put them in a mylar goodie bag tied with ribbon. I thought they were adorable (and super yummy!) and I sure hope our co-workers thought so too!