I came across this idea from Design Dazzle last month and knew it would be perfect for holiday gifts for neighbors, the Board of Directors at the nonprofit I work at, and other last minute gifts. They would also be great for teachers, nurses, and those that give a lot of their time in special ways.
I made 2 different cookie doughs - peanut butter oatmeal and chocolate chip (exotic, I know) - and packaged one of each in a tube for a little variety. Luckily, the diameter of the tubes I purchased were 3.5 inches across, so there was still quite a bit of dough for each type. If you have a smaller tube, you might stick to just one variety so that your recipient has enough for a good-sized bath of cookies!
I ended up making 3 double batches of the peanut butter oatmeal and chocolate chip and this was enough to make the 12 tubes. The tricky part is wrapping the dough in such a way that it will fit easily in the tube - practice makes good enough! I wrapped the tubes in old wall paper samples from a friend's interior design store and printed out a simple paper label with instructions for baking each dough.
In addition to the instructions, my label also read: "Thank you! Because you give so much of your time, here's a tasty way to save some in the kitchen this holiday season."
When you're ready, put all of the dough in the freezer (to be honest, I stuck mine in a box and put it outside overnight since it's been -20 degrees here!) and take out as needed for gifting. At a cost of around $4/tube, it's a simple and well-appreciated gift!