Oh you know how I love giving away sweet treats for Christmas. Just remember back to when I tried the Christmas Cookie Challenge. I hoped that sharing the experience with all of you would motivate others to give it a try, just as the original blog did for me. I loved the way they turned out and everyone that received one was so surprised at how much work I had put into making them. This year I was lucky enough to have the time to do it all again! So here I am to share it all again and give you a step-by-step guide on how to do this yourself for Christmas!
1. First you will want to make a list of all of the people you plan on giving a cookie gift box to. Mine came out to about 15 people. Don’t make too large of a list or it’ll cost you more time and money. I would say don’t go over 20 people.
2. Begin collecting your favorite cookie, bar, and candy recipes. I went with a dozen recipes, pulling some family favorites and trying several new ones. I had to force myself to stop collecting recipes because there were so many I wanted to make!
3. Stock up on ingredients and supplies for the gift boxes. Here are some items to look out for:
- Ingredients for baked goods (butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, nuts, etc)
- Large freezer-safe tupperware or gallon-sized plastic zipper bags
- Parchment paper
- Gift tags
- Bakers twine
- Tissue paper
- Gift boxes (I found a pretty good deal at Target in the Christmas section, less than $1 per box)
4. Begin baking, storing everything in tupperware or plastic bags in the freezer to keep them fresh. I recommend saving the more delicate treats for last so they spend the least amount of time in the freezer. I start baking during the last week of November.
5. Decide how to decorate and label your boxes. I found a pretty template to print “Baked With Love” labels and create a list of what kinds of cookies are included in the box here. I also decided instead of bakers twine, I wanted to stick Christmas bows on top of each box alongside the label.
6. Pick a day to assemble your cookie gift boxes and deliver them. For me this was the week before Christmas. I drive around to deliver my boxes, but if you’re shipping them, you’ll have to pack them so that they don’t spoil or get squished. It is probably best to ship them in layers of wax paper in sturdy tupperware containers.
7. Enjoy the gift-giving and seeing the excitement on your friends and family members faces! Turns out I had so many cookies left over, I gave my friends a lot of extras and made several cookie trays to pass out at work. As long as you plan ahead, this whole process should be easy-peasy!