Do-It-Yourself-Gifts Chocolate-Almond Bath Cookies
Finally two great pleasures in life come together...a hot tub and cookies! Bath Cookies smell so yummy...what woman wouldn't love them?
They are perfect to drop into a tub after a long day of teaching. The best part is, you can make a whole bunch of these really cheap, and give them to multiple teachers! This recipe is for Chocolate-Almond Bath Cookies, but you can experiment with other scents (mint chocolate, chocolate peanut butter...).
Materials You Will Need:
3 Cups Sea Salt
1 Cup Baking Soda
1 Cup Cornstarch
6 Tablespoons Corn Oil
10 Drops Chocolate Essential Oil
10 Drops Almond Essential Oil
Tools You Will Need:
Small to Medium Mixing Bowl
Large Mixing Bowl
Large Wooden Spoon
Fork or Whisk
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
2. In the large bowl, beat the eggs together with a fork or a whisk. Beat in the corn oil and all 20 drops of the essential oils.
3. In the medium bowl, mix together the sea salt, baking soda, and cornstarch.
4. Slowly add the ingredients to the egg and oil mixture, about 1/3 of the dry ingredients at a time. Once all the ingredients are mixed together, continue to stir until they are well blended into a cookie-dough consistency.
5. With a large tablespoon, scoop a spoonful of the dough and roll it into a ball. Put the ball on the cookie sheet and lightly press it with the bottom of the glass or with your thumb until it flattens into a cookie shape. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
6. Put the sheet full of bath cookies into the preheated oven and bake for 6-7 minutes. The bath cookies will not turn brown, but they should be firm when you take them out of the oven.
7. Remove the bath cookies from the sheet and set them on a piece of wax paper to cool for a couple of hours (I put a "Please Don't Eat" sign on them to keep my little ones from trying to eat them).
8. Store them in an airtight container. To give as a gift, you could put them in an old cookie jar, a pretty glass jar, or a mason jar. Make them bigger and individually wrap them with plastic wrap or baggies tied off with ribbon. Make sure to make labels with instructions of how to use them:
To use, drop a couple of cookies into the water when you're filling up the tub for a relaxing soak. They'll gradually dissolve in the water, releasing all their skin-softening goodness into your bath!
You may want to wear an apron when you make these--the dry mixture can be pretty messy.
I baked one batch with a shiny metal baking sheet, and one with a dark coating. I found that the shiny metal takes a little less time--about 6 minutes, whereas the darker metal took about 8 minutes (ovens vary, of course). They should be firm to the touch, but not browned.
No need to coat the pan--they are easily removed after baking.
You can find a lot of great tins and jars with covers at thrift stores or dollar stores.
I made the above batch a little on the thick side, and maybe even a little too big. If you can, try to make yours about the size of a vanilla wafer cookie (they dissolve faster in the tub).
I found the scented oil at Michaels (they are available at most craft stores) in the soap making aisle. You can search the web for other scents--there are so many to choose from!
You can put hash marks across the top of these if you are making peanut butter scent (I did it on some in the above photo to show you), or use cookie cutters to make different shapes.
I have to admit, the concept of dropping cookies into your tub may seem a little weird--it even feels a little strange sitting in the tub watching cookies melt into it! After all, didn't your mom ever tell you not to play with your food? However, these make your skin feel SO soft and smell SO wonderful...they really are a treat!
I found this recipe in My DIY: The Sylin' Girls Guide to DIY Projects-from Sassy Crafts to Thrifty Gifts by Kimberly Potts