Dressing up your cookies

It sounds like a silly question, but have you ever tried to dress up your cookies? 
I'm talking your classic chocolate chip, peanut butter, & oatmeal? 

This is one of my favorite gifts to give because...well, who doesn't love a chocolate chip cookie? Especially a delicious one with a twist!

Today, at church, I was in charge of bringing a little treat to all of the teachers and leaders of the children's Sunday School (we call it Primary), and then also bring a treat to a meeting later this evening.

I had a busy weekend and wanted to bake something that would be fast and delicious. Oatmeal Cookies it was. I love a good oatmeal cookie- add a dip of chocolate or frost with cream cheese frosting and it takes it to a whole new level & satisfies adults and kiddos alike. [See my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip recipe under Bakehouse recipes & leave out the chips]

To Dip:
Microwave 1-1/2 cups of your favorite semi-sweet chocolate chips with 2 tablespoons of Crisco in a glass bowl for 1 minute. Stir vigorously and microwave in additional 15 second increments until melted. Take your cooled cookies and dip until your heart is content. I added some Guittard real Chocolate sprinkles and I placed the dip cookies on parchment paper to set.

To Frost: Make Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick of butter at room temperature
1 8oz block of cream cheese at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
Mix until creamy, then add
3 cups of powdered sugar
Mix and scrape sides and make sure you have no clumps.
Frost or Pipe on cooled cookies, then place in the refrigerator to set.

Place Cookies in a cute parchment bag, add a little "Thank you" label to close the bag- then tie a little baking twine- for no other reason than it's cute (but just as delicious without). I was having this internal struggle at 12:30am knowing that the cookies would be appreciated just fine without the twine, and yet the twine prevailed (so much for simplifying). Baking twine is just one of those things that makes me happy- and I'll gladly own the craziness that is

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