Let your homemade goody-gifts sparkle with great packaging and decorating!
Whether you’re trying to cut back on holiday spending or want to avoid packed stores this season, gifting homemade cookies is a fun and tasty way to share the love with your special circle – from friends and family, to mail carriers and teachers.
You could just toss some snickerdoodles in a box and call it a day – but why would you, when you can dress your goody-gift to impress?
Here are 5 easy ways to outfit your home-baked goods for the holidays:
1. Turn Your Goods into Art
Ever make a cookie so pretty that it makes you sad to see it eaten? If you’re gifted with icing, consider making sturdy shortbread, sugar or gingerbread cookies into gifts.
Here’s a recipe for Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing to get you started – the royal icing hardens nicely so you don’t need to worry about smudging your edible art. For an easy start, bake Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies and decorate ‘em into orbit like above.
To make homemade edible ornaments: Cut a hole in the dough before you bake, and after they’re cooled, decorate your cookies and thread some fancy ribbon through the hole.
2. Gift Your Goodies in Something Useful
Pack your baked goods – say, Holiday Thumbprints or Sriracha Chex Mix – in kitchenware, like baking pans, cake molds, food storage containers, even oven mitts, to give a gift that’s both edible and useful.
3. Variety is the Spice of Life
Make a few different types of cookies and create variety boxes for friends and family. Choose cookies or snacks that play well together – these Christmas Candy Cane Cookies, Cran-Pistachio Cookies and Christmas Tree Sandwich Cookies would make a perfect trio.
Snack mixes like Caramel-Apple Popcorn Snack Mix are always a fave, too, and are easy to pack up. Then tie it all together with a serving spoon and you’re done!
4. Music To Your Mouth
Use a cookie as a gift tag and you won’t even need a bow! Either make them tag-style as shown (similar to making ornaments — press a hole into the cookie before baking), or package a jumbo cookie, like our Peppermint Crunch Cookie, in a sandwich bag and tie it to your gift with a bright ribbon.
5. Go Homemade All The Way
Supply your little elves with boxes or containers and lots of decorations (glitter, stickers, pom poms, gems and other trimmings), then let ‘em go to work. Voila! Charming homemade boxes and containers to put those delicious homemade goodies in.
Or, print off a yummy cookie recipe, like these Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies, and wrap the cookies up in the recipe! (Pre-wrap the cooled cookies in plastic wrap so any grease doesn’t transfer to the paper, then use the recipe sheet as the outer wrap and tie ends with bows as shown.)
Cookies for Giving
Try some new recipes like these for your gifts this year!