Do you have as difficult of a time as I do figuring out what to get people for Christmas? I spend so much time thinking about it, yet often times am not able to find something I think they will like. That is one reason I like to give food gifts. Everyone seems to enjoy getting something you have created and tastes delicious. This Cast Iron Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit is so simple to create, yet will be much appreciated by the recipient. All they have to do is put it in the oven for a warm, chocolaty dessert, perfect for this time of year. Then they will have the skillet to make more of them in the future if they want to. I found the 6-inch mini cast iron skillet at Cost Plus World Market for $5.99. I have also seen them on Amazon, and Cabela’s has square ones that would be cute too.
The kit includes a mini cast iron skillet, a hot pad, and raw chocolate chip cookie dough with instructions for baking. Wrap it all up in some cellophane and cute ribbon and/or raffia, and that is all there is to it. You can make up the cookie dough ahead of time, divide it into 4 equal round pieces to fit in the skillet (for 4 different gifts), wrap it in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer until you need it. Then when you need it, place one of the rounds in the skillet, and wrap it up with the cellophane and ribbon. In the picture above I was sending the skillet to a friend from out-of-town, so instead of making the dough, I included a bag of chocolate chips and the instructions for making the dough. You can find the instructions for making the cookie dough in my previous post Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie or just use the Tollhouse Recipe on the back of a package of chocolate chips.
As I was making the dough for this, I was reflecting on the fact that all 3 of our children know how to make chocolate chip cookie dough, even the boys. It is something we did often together when they were little. I’m so glad they learned the important things in life. They may not have learned how to keep their rooms clean or how to maintain their cars, but they can whip up a batch of cookies in a flash whenever necessary. You never know when you will be called upon at a moment’s notice to fulfill your cookie making destiny. My kids will be ready. As a mother, it is a satisfying feeling to know you have sent your children out into the world prepared.