Saturday, November 21, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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Not only will these ideas give your guests something special to take home with them, they’ll also help you bring a beautiful look to your holiday table.

Thankful Place Tags

When it’s time for everyone to sit down, your guests will be touched to see some simple place tags that double as a take-home favor. Buy small, inexpensive picture frames for photos of each of your guests. Make a color copy of the photo, or if you have an electronic version of it, just print out another copy to fit in the frame.

To add a more personal touch, write a short note telling each person why you’re thankful he or she is in your life. You can write on the back of the picture or on a piece of cardstock glued to the back of the frame or the support arm. When you set the table, place everyone’s frames in front of their place setting and then encourage everyone to take this heartfelt gift home.

Thankful For Good Food

Sharing food and traditions with the people closest to you is a big part of the holidays. The simple act of sharing food around a table leads to great times, so why not give your guests something that they can take back to their own dinner tables?

Take all of the recipes that you used to create your holiday meal, and make copies of each on notecards. Stack the recipe cards and tie them up with some fall colored ribbon. Tie a short thank you note onto the end of the ribbon. Your guests can share your recipes at their own upcoming holiday celebrations and think of you each time.

Thankfully Sweet

Cookies are always an easy way to bring a smile to someone’s face, and a great way to thank someone. Here’s a delicious Pumpkin Cookie recipe to try. Personalize each place setting by writing your guests' first initial on a cookie with icing. You can serve these as part of dessert, or wrap them in tissue for a take-home treat.

Pumpkin Cookies


1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 cup shortening
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup canned pumpkin
White cookie icing


Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, mix sugar, egg, shortening, and vanilla.
Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir into the creamed mixture, then stir in the pumpkin.
Spoon dough onto the cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 minutes then let the cookies cool on cooling racks. When cool, write your guests' first initial onto each cookie with white icing

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