This post has been sponsored by Becel
I live in a small community in rural Canada. A town where everyone knows everyone, even if to just wave hi as they walk by. The community feeling I experience here is like nothing I have ever been around before. People still go to their neighbour for a cup of milk here. When someone is in need, we all rally together and do what we can to help them. The holidays are a magical time for many, but here I see the (kind of) love and support (remove – given to many that) you usually only see in the movies. A few people on my street are widows, elderly, or just not in a position to spend a lot of money over the holidays. I want to put a smile on their faces and let them know they are cared for and loved. So this holiday season I am making up treat plates for my friends and neighbours. I am going to gift with love this holiday season and Becel makes that so easy to do. As an added bonus, a recent survey conducted by Becel found 3 out of 4 Canadians agree that DIY gifts are more thoughtful than their store-bought counterparts.
The other night I enlisted my youngest to help me get baking in preparation for our gift giving.
We whipped up a few batches of the Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough recipe (recipe below) then added a variety of items to make the cookies. This yummy cookie dough is fully customizable and so easy to make.
Becel Anything Goes Cookie Dough
- 2 1/4 cups (550 mL) all purpose flour
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) salt
- 1 cup (250 mL) Becel® Buttery Taste margarine* or Becel® Original margarine
- 1 cup (250 mL) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla extract
Step 1 Preheat oven to 375°F (190° C). Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
Step 2 Beat Becel® Buttery Taste margarine with sugars in large bowl. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Gradually add in flour mixture; beat just until blended. Add your choice of mix in’s (i.e. chocolate chip, dried fruit, seeds, toffee bits, etc.). Drop by tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets, 2in. (5 cm) apart.
Step 3 Bake 7 minutes or until edges are golden. Cool 2 minutes on wire rack; remove cookies from sheets and cool completely.
For variations you can see a great selection at www.becel.ca
One batch we did not add anything as my daughter is a bit fussy. Another we added mini M&Ms to the mix, then candy cane to the third and cranberries, cocoa and chocolate chunks to the last. They all turned out amazing!
I am doing up small platters as well as gifting some in jars made up with ribbons and tags.
I hope this small gesture will show the members of my community they are not forgotten this holiday season. I still have some more baking to do to add to the gifts. I am thinking of doing some squares. The great thing about Becel is you can add it to any recipe. Becel margarine can replace butter 1:1 in any of your favourite holiday baking recipes for an alternative, that is ready to use straight from the fridge!
Head on over to Becel and tell me below what cookie recipe you would like to make this holiday season