It is almost Christmas! And during this time of year I often think about being a kid again. One of my favorite things to do as a child was bake cookies and sweets to give as gifts. My mom would even purchase bakery boxes to house all the goodies. We would use recycled Christmas cards (from the previous year), cut off the front portion of the card (with the pretty photo, graphic or holiday greeting) and glue it to the top of the bakery box. Then we’d fill the box with homemade cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, fudge and more and tie it with a ribbon. We were doing DIY before it was even cool. And it was always my absolute favorite time of the year, even though it was insanely hectic because I was always doing this the week before school got out for break. Obviously, I had to have all the boxes completed to hand off to each teacher before school got out. Little did I know it was just a preview of my life now.
So you could say I’m doing almost the same exact thing this year, minus the recycled Christmas cards (because let’s be real, no one sends Christmas cards anymore, they’re all emails). So, I thought I would make it easy for you to make up DIY Cookie Boxes for friends and loved ones if you want to gift them something delicious. All the recipes for the cookies I’ve used in the box are already on the blog. I chose these specific baked goods because when you’re giving someone a cookie box that is not air tight (like a tin), then you want to make sure you’re choosing cookies that will still be fresh if they are exposed to air. Soft and chewy cookies wouldn’t withstand these cookie boxes because they need to be in an airtight container. If you wanted to include a soft cookie, you might choose to do a tin instead of a box, that way you’re not gifting something that won’t be fresh by the time the recipient wants to enjoy them. Or if you live in a humid climate – choose soft and chewy cookies only! But, most places are dry and especially drier in the winter months like here in Mammoth Lakes. I have linked the recipes here:
White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels
Iced Maple Oatmeal Cookies
Christmas Sandwich Cookies
Chocolate Chip Biscotti
Whip up a batch of each cookie recipe above, purchase some bakery boxes, and get some festive ribbons, different colors or patterns of your choice. Once the cookies are made, all you have to do is box them up and tie with a ribbon. Plus, you should have some extra cookies for you to snack on while you do this. By making each recipe listed above, you’ll get four boxes of cookies to gift. You can double or even triple the recipes to get more boxes so you can gift to everyone on your Christmas list. I have a full checklist on how to make your own DIY Cookie Boxes below!
How to Make DIY Holiday Cookie Boxes
1. Buy bakery boxes, you can purchase the ones I have here.
2. Make sure to have parchment paper on hand, you’ll want to cut small rectangles to fit into the bottom of the box. This will help absorb all the grease so if your cookie boxes sit for a few hours or even a day or two, the grease won’t seep into the boxes and look ugly.
3. Buy tape and pretty Christmas ribbons. You can use any kind you like! This year I chose a white and black stripe ribbon that I’m obsessed with.
4. Make the cookies, let them cool, set, etc. I like to do this the day before, especially for the Iced Maple Oatmeal Cookies and the White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels, they do have to set.
5. Assemble your bakery boxes.
6. Line them with parchment paper.
7. Fill them with cookies! You can do this any which way you want, you can put them all sectioned off like I did in the photos here, or you can just throw them in all together and not separate them. Either way you do it, your friends and family will be enjoying delicious homemade cookies.
8. Tape down the boxes on either side. A small piece of scotch tape or packing tape will do. This will help make sure they don’t come open while you’re delivering them.
9. Tie ribbons around each one.
10. Insert a candy cane or a Christmas card. I buy the organic candy canes here, they have no artificial colors or anything and it’s a very festive touch.
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