Make Your Own Holiday Gifts With Kids!

holiday giftsMake your own holiday gifts with kids: and no, it’s not to early to get organized. Inside these cutely decorated packages (not the brown sacks – look for that post soon) are frozen cookie dough rolls. I’ve made cookie dough for the past 2 years – so I’ll be thinking of something new for this year. Who doesn’t like cookie dough? The idea behind this gift is… the recipient can eat the gift as is (cookie dough) or can bake it when they feel like having fresh baked cookies! Between our neighbors, friends and our kids’ teachers and church leaders – we have a lot of gifts to give! The perfect time to start thinking about homemade Christmas gifts is now! Not that you actually need to make the gifts now – but decide on what you would like to make and don’t wait to long to purchase the supplies. If you decide to make these cookie dough rolls, definitely purchase the ribbon soon. If you wait to long, the good Christmas ribbon is gone.

holiday gifts with kidsIn our family, homemade gift giving is a FAMILY project – EVERYONE helps make it and deliver it! Even little kids can help with this project. Start early and do baby steps so it isn’t too overwhelming. We gave around 50 homemade gifts last year – so it can get crazy.

Instructions to make cookie dough rolls:

Step 1: Gather all your supplies ribbon, freezer paper and decorative paper. Cut all ribbon and paper to the sizes needed. Remember this can be done ahead of time: ).

Step 2: Make your favorite cookie dough recipe. Here’s my recipe –

YUMMY Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Recipe:

2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon hot water
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, and chocolate chips.

This recipe makes about 48 servings. Sorry, I can’t remember how many cookie dough rolls this recipe makes.

Step 3: Place cookie dough on plastic wrap and weigh on kitchen scale. We used 1 lb of cookie dough per gift. My daughter Tayler weighing the cookie dough.

homemade christmas giftsStep 4: Shape cookie dough into rolls and wrap tightly with plastic wrap or wax paper. You are now ready to wrap with freezer paper.

Step 5: Wrap the cookie dough in freezer paper. We then placed a piece of colorful wrapping paper around the middle section and taped in place. The bows were made ahead of time and tied tightly on each end of the roll.

Step 6: Tag for cookie dough should read: Keep frozen until ready to use. Let soften enough to slice. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10-14 minutes in the preheated oven on ungreased pan. Do not over bake.

Step 7: Freeze! Yes, we froze the cookie dough rolls as decorated.

Trust me – I’ve learned over the years don’t wait til the last minute to make homemade gifts. Also, do it in steps – one day cut out all the paper, another day make all the ribbon bows, etc. Check out mypost where I show you how to make ribbon bows. Making homemade Christmas gifts with kids takes a little planning and organization, but it’s worth it in the end. ENJOY!

Posted on October 21, 2009
Categories: christmas, crafting with kids, diy projects, diy tutorials & creative ideas, edibles, holiday awesomeness, holiday ideas

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  1. Valerie says:
    October 21, 2009

    I love this idea! Even better than the cookie dough mixes in a jar. And I love the way you wrapped them. I am filing this away at

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Jennie Bender says:
    October 21, 2009

    I like that idea, frugal and thoughtful! Thanks!

  3. Maria says:
    October 21, 2009

    Love it! Tried to check out the link to the previous post regarding ribbon bows but got an error? Anybody else?

  4. paperjunk-lc says:
    October 22, 2009

    How long do they keep frozen?
    Love this idea.

  5. DV-Becca says:
    October 22, 2009

    ooooo, perfection!

  6. brown paper packages says:
    October 22, 2009

    love, love, love this idea!!! This is perfect for our little family–

  7. Donna @ Party Wishes says:
    October 22, 2009

    Boy, are you right about starting early on gift making! I'm going to buy fleece scarves ($5 at Walmart) and decorate them with flowers out of fleece. I'm looking for a nice and easy pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think I will make the dough for neighbors!

  8. Cher says:
    October 22, 2009

    such a great idea. You packaged them soo well and so very cute!

  9. says:
    October 23, 2009

    We kept some cookie dough for ourselves: ) The dough lasted for several months in the freezer – just make sure the dough is wrapped well!!

  10. TidyMom says:
    November 1, 2009

    I LOVE this idea!!!


  11. Anonymous says:
    November 8, 2009

    So clever! I will try a variation of this for Christmas!

  12. Jennifer says:
    November 13, 2009

    I'm loving this idea, but I'm wondering how long they can be kept frozen? I try to make all my gift mixes the week of Thanksgiving to free up my December. That's not a problem with a dry mix, but I'm thinking that may be a little too early for a dough?

  13. Sandy - The Mommys Place says:
    November 13, 2009

    I love these, my kids will love making these.

    Thanks for a great idea

  14. says:
    November 14, 2009

    These cookie dough rolls lasted in our freezer for 2-3 months. Make sure they are well wrapped!

  15. Connie says:
    November 29, 2009

    I love this idea, it is such a great gift to give, after all who doesn't love cookies (or cookie dough)?
    Thank you for sharing.

  16. senovia says:
    November 29, 2009

    I LOVE this idea! WOW!

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    August 31, 2010

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  20. Anne@ silk wedding bouquets says:
    January 14, 2011

    This is a great gift idea, I wish I've seen this before the holiday. Thanks for the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. assicurazione moto says:
    April 23, 2011

    The problem is find some time to do this when they are not around!! I did something similar for easter, but it was hard because they are always at home when I am at home

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    April 23, 2011

    Ohh!!! this is a great idea! not only for my kids but for the neighbours too. Thanks for share this with us but I can't see the ribbon post ๐Ÿ™

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    July 3, 2012

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    September 12, 2012

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