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Try some of these creative ways to wrap and package Christmas cookies and treats. From tins and jars to festive bags and paper containers, we offer fun and interesting ways to create easy-to-make gifts out of holiday sweets -- plus the irresistible recipes that accompany each one!
A couple of bite-size Nut Ring cookies fit perfectly into a envelope crafted from a square doily, brown parchment paper, and ribbon. Fold the doily and secure with glue to make a pretty pocket; fold another pocket from parchment paper and tuck cookies inside. Tie a festive ribbon around the center of the doily envelope to attach a tag.
Editor's Tip: For a glimmery look, use a silver or gold doily and white parchment paper to create this frilly envelope.
For a gleaming holiday dessert gift, dress up a 13x9x2-inch foil baking pan -- full of our creamy Peanut Butter-Chocolate Squares -- with two 12-inch foil doilies and a holiday-color ribbon. Using crafts glue, attach the edge of a doily to the center of the pan bottom; repeat with the second doily. Fold the doilies over the top of the pan and tie a satin ribbon around the package to secure.
Editor's Tip: To keep the gift fresh, cover the baking pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper before adding the doilies and ribbon.
A tin that spells out holiday cheer with lettered game pieces is the perfect way to package our Giant Cappucino Crinkles. Cut a strip of festive scrapbooking paper and adhere it around the tin using crafts glue. Attach the lettered pieces to the side of the tin, and add a scalloped gift tag to the top of the lid. Tie a holiday-color ribbon around the tin to finish the gift.
Layer the ingredients for our delicious Coconut Crunch Cookies in a quart jar and fasten the lid with a holiday-pattern napkin for presentation. Include the recipe and easy baking instructions on a card, and tie on with a festive ribbon for an oh-so-sweet holiday hostess gift.
To make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl stir together the contents of the jar. Add 1⁄2 cup butter, softened; 1 egg, lightly beaten; and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until well combined. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
For smaller cookie gifts or holiday party take-homes, carefully place a layer of our festive Glazed Bizcochito Stars in waxed-paper or cellophane bags. Wrap the bags with colorful ribbon or string, and write a cute holiday message on a metal-rim gift tag for a simple gift.
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Our sweet Maple Cookie Sticks stand tall inside a plastic paint-style can (available at crafts stores). Decorate the outside of the can with ribbon or netting; glue or tape in place. Secure a large decorative button to the outside of the container with twine.
Editor's Tip: In place of a plastic paint-style can, you can use any type of tall, clear plastic or glass container with a lid.
Pair our Classic Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies with their best friend -- milk! Cut away one side of a quart-size paper milk carton, and line the inside with brown parchment paper. Tie together fun patterned straws with a gift tag and tuck inside the carton with the cookies.
Editor's Tip: For a smaller gift, use a pint-size container.
So perfect for Christmas gifting, our Red Velvet Whoopie Pies have a delightful peppermint and cream cheese filling. Add them to a holiday-pattern printed box lined with waxed paper. Using crafts glue, embellish the box top with tulle and ribbon, or layer on flattened paper bake cups, a holiday coaster, and rhinestones.
Green and red chocolate pieces add holiday cheer to our easy-to-make Monster Chocolate-Toffee Cookies. Pack a short stack of cookies in a cellophane or waxed-paper bag; fold over bag opening and staple closed. Cut pieces of decorative holiday crafts paper; fold and attach papers to tops of bags with glue. Decorate the paper with stickers or other fun additions.
So-cute sandwich cookies are holiday classics. We filled these oatmeal cookies with marshmallow creme for a fresh take on the store-bought treat. A foil pie pan dressed up with ribbon and an ornament creates an ideal -- and easy! -- cookie cradle.
An inexpensive glass refrigerator dish (available in the cooking section at discount stores, flea markets, and tag sales) is the perfect home for our Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies. Arrange the tasty treats inside the dish and cover with the lid. Cut a strip of scrapbooking paper to wrap lengthwise around the dish, attaching the ends together under the dish using crafts glue. Create the button and scalloped tags with a die-cutting tool; stitch an X through the four holes with colored string. Center the button on the paper strip and secure it with crafts glue.
Ribbon and parchment paper turn a simple muffin tin into a beautiful container for baked gifts. Here, we pair two classic favorites -- Ginger Cookies and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies -- for a gift everyone will love.
Our tasty Peanut Butter Truffles are snug and cozy inside the cups of an egg carton. Cut an egg carton in half and cut off the top. Line the slots with mini paper bake cups, add the truffles, and wrap the carton with cellophane. Tie the ends with a festive ribbon, and write a message on a sticker tag to affix to the top of this picture-perfect gift.
The secret to the irresistible flavor in our Golden Butterscotch Icebox Cookies is finely chopped pecans. Place the cookies in a decorative tin and tie with a satiny ribbon for a pretty holiday package.
Almond and nutmeg cookies feel holiday-perfect when stuffed with apricot jam and placed on a narrow rectangular platter. Slide the platter into a pretty silver wine-bottle gift bag, and include jingle bells on the strings for a merry gift.
These tiny Italian chocolate cookie sandwiches are filled with a creamy blend of white chocolate and hazelnuts. Place a few in a waxed-paper bag, and add a simple card for a personal touch.