It’s a May Day tradition to sneak up to a neighbor or a loved one’s front door and surprise him or her with a basket full of flowers, candy and other fun treats. Celebrate the first of May this year by making these fun, simple May Baskets that your family and friends will love!
Step one is to decide what you want to use for the basket itself. It can be anything you like so this is a chance to get creative. One of the easiest and most popular May Baskets is made of colorful paper rolled into a cone shape and stapled or taped along the sides. Make a handle using ribbon or string and easily hang it on a doorknob. Another easy idea is to decorate clean, empty yogurt containers (Like these from Greek Gods®) with two holes punched in each side for a ribbon handle. Left over Easter baskets also work great, and you can customize them by gluing on silk flowers, bows, and paper cutouts.
Once your have decided what you want to use for your basket, it’s time to fill it. Traditionally May Baskets are filled with flowers and sweets, but you can personalize it for whoever you are giving it to with little notes, toys, and their favorite snacks (Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery™ Cherry Almond Bars perhaps?) Your filling also depends on the type of May Basket you choose to use. If you are using a paper cone, make sure the flowers and candy or treats you put in it are not too heavy that they will cause it to tear or break. If you are using a store bought basket that is shallow, trim your flowers so that the stems fit inside the basket and aren’t sticking out everywhere.
If you are making a May Basket for your fellow gluten-free friends, fill it with some chocolates, your favorite gluten-free candy, and these super simple coconut almond chocolate chip cookies:
- 1 cup MaraNantha No Stir Coconut Almond Butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth
- Scoop a small dollop of dough onto a greased cookie sheet, making sure each cookie is 1-2 inches apart
- Bake for 8-10 minutes and let cool for 4-5 minutes before serving