It was a busy week at work, an INSANELY busy week, which had lots of departments doing lots of extra hours above and beyond. So, of course, on the weekend, I baked.

The certain persons made a massive contribution to getting the project together, so I decided to make some slightly more exotic cafe-style cookies to show my appreciation.

Both recipes were from this book, which as cookbooks go is pretty elegant. I made the Blueberry & Almond Cookies:

And, because as we all know, one batch of cookies is never enough, I made the Lime & Sour Cream Cookies as well:

These were divine, and I even made them with low-fat sour cream! The recipe called for 1.5 tablespoons of lime zest, but I only had one lime – I think it was the perfect amount, the flavour was just right. I had plenty of appreciative comments from the giftees. And don’t you love it when you make cookies that look like cafe cookies?

Then I made some cute little gift bags to put them in. (The cookies themselves went into ziplock bags first, of course). The smaller bags came from here, and I used that basic principle to make the bigger ones, just using my printer and some digital scrapping stuff by this lady, who appears to have retired from digital scrapping. (I can’t remember which scrap shop I downloaded from or I would link to them as well. Terrible me.)

I didn’t have any heavy paper or card in the house, so I printed on normal copy paper and them whipped out my trusty glue stick and glued them onto a sheet of brown paper, then made the bags up with the resulting reinforced paper, which was just about the perfect weight for a half-dozen cookies.

I spent Sunday morning goggling around the Organic Food Expo, and ever since then I have been trying desperately not to scoff all of the choc-coated licorice I got from Green Grove Organics. I would have bought the ginger and the almonds as well but that would have been just greedy….

PS. A tip for the unwary. If you decide to (finally) make a lining for the handwoven wool satchel you bought in Peru, remember to take the pins out. Otherwise you will grab the bag in the wrong spot while you’re getting on the bus, and stab yourself in the hand.

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