Cookies That Make Great Gifts

Christmas Cookie Gifts

What’s better than making cookies during the holidays? Cookies that you receive or give as a gift! For gift ideas that’ll make heads turn and recipes sure to make taste buds tingle, keep reading.

What Types of Cookies are Best?

Start by finding some of your favorites; if you love them, other people will love them too. Will you wrap them? Stack and tie with a ribbon? Hand deliver them on a plate? Put them into a lidded container and ship them? These are all things to consider as you decide on the kinds of cookies you’ll make.

If you’re planning to ship cookies, choose those with a firm, dense texture, sturdy enough to withstand a little jostling. Stay away from delicate cookies, cookies with soft frosting, or anything that needs to be kept cold.

There ARE great options for sending cookies through the mail. Think about crunchy biscotti, sturdy gingerbread, dense and chewy peanut butter or oatmeal cookies, and bar cookies like blondies. Adding a piece of bubble wrap on the bottom, between layers, and on top to protect them is added security. 

How to Package & Present Cookie Gifts

You could simply put some cookies on a plate or pile them in a box with tissue paper and call it a day. If you want to up the ante a bit though, even including something simple like a hand-written tag adds a personal touch. For a little extra pizzazz, think about arranging cookies in a pretty lidded canister or box or maybe dividing them among muffin tin compartments. Not only does this make a nice-looking gift, the recipient can reuse the container. A two-gift present is always appreciated and a bit unexpected.

If your container doesn’t have a lid, securely wrap it in plastic or cellophane first. Add ribbons, twine, gift tags, and other decorative touches to give your gift even more flair. 

Homemade cookies have a very personal touch and are a true labor of love. The very best gifts come from your kitchen!

Don’t Put a Damper on Cookie Making

If you like to lick the bowl or eat spoonfuls of raw cookie dough while you’re stirring up a batch of your favorites, please think twice. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/why-eggs-are-not-the-only-danger-in-raw-cookie-dough/

However… you CAN mix up a little batch of EDIBLE cookie dough. You can keep this tucked away in the fridge for your own snacking enjoyment, without the worry of eating raw flour and eggs. Here’s a great recipe.

Edible Cookie Dough
⅓ C. flour*
2 T. softened butter
½ C. brown sugar
⅛ tsp. vanilla
1½ T. milk
A pinch of salt
A handful of mini M&Ms or chocolate chips

Put the flour on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds; set aside.

Mix the butter and brown sugar until creamy. Add the vanilla, milk, salt, and set-aside flour; stir until well combined. Fold in the M&Ms or chocolate chips.

*Be sure to heat treat according to recipe directions.

Candy Cane Cookies

INGREDIENTS (Serves 8)

½ C. shortening
½ C. butter, softened
1 C. powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1 egg
1½ tsp. peppermint extract
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ tsp. salt
2½ C. flour, plus more for rolling
Red food coloring

DIRECTIONS

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

With a mixing spoon, beat together the shortening, butter, and 1 cup of powdered sugar just until well combined. Add the egg, peppermint extract, and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the salt and 2½ cups of flour.

Transfer half the dough to another bowl and stir in food coloring until well blended. Chill both bowls for 15 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll about ½ tablespoon red dough into a 1‑inch ball and then roll it into a rope about 5 inches long; do the same with the plain dough. Lay the ropes side by side and twist together. Set on prepped baking sheets and curve the top to look like a candy cane. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Bake for 6 to 9 minutes, until cookies are set and are just barely turning golden brown underneath. Let cookies cool on the pan for a minute or two. With a spatula, transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar.

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