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Christmas Cookie Boxes

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Giving away Christmas cookies is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. My husband and I typically make about 4 types of cookies to add to our boxes. We try to make them at the beginning of December so people have them to enjoy before the holidays. once we make our cookie boxes we give them out to family, friends, and neighbors.

How to make a good holiday cookie box?

I think what makes a good box is a variety or cookies and treats that has something everyone will appreciate. Also, the amount of cookies in a box makes a cookie box better. I try to give large families more cookies than a single person.

Another way to make a Christmas box fun is to add other treats mixed in with the cookies such as chocolates or candy canes.

What types of cookies should you add?

There are a few categories I try to follow when creating a cookie box. A classic cookie, a cookie bar, a crisp cookie, and a funky cookie.

Classic Cookies

Your classic cookies are the ones you know people love. For me that is the chocolate chip cookie. This could also be a peanut butter or snickerdoodle. It’s fun to have one that you know everyone will enjoy.

A few of my favorite classic cookie recipes: Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies, Soft Peanut Butter Cookie, Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, Oatmeal Scotchies

Cookie Bar

In the last few years my husband has become famous for his millionaire shortbread bars so they are now always a part of the cookie boxes. A few other ones you could add are a chocolate chip cookie bar, magic bars, or even brownies.

A few of my favorite cookie bars: Millionaire Shortbread, Magic Bars

Crisp Cookie

I categorize this as any harder cookie. This can be your classic sugar cookies decorated with frosting, a simple shortbread, biscotti or even a gingerbread cookie.

A few of my favorites are: Classic Sugar Cookies, Salted Chocolate Chip Shortbread, Gingerbread Cookies

Funky Cookie

This category is for the cookies you wouldn’t typically make year round. Something special for the holidays.

A few of my favorite funky cookies: Brown Butter and Pistachio Sablés, Stroopwafel, Coconut Macaroons

Healthier Cookie

If you are making cookie boxes and you know some people have dietary restrictions, there are some cookies that appeal to a larger audience. You can even place these in a separate bag so they know which ones are for them.

Vegan and Gluten Free Cookies: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Lemon Cookies, Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Additional Treat Options

If you want to add an additional treat to your cookie boxes, I love holiday colored Hershey kisses, peppermints or candy canes, or any small pre-wrapped candy.

What’s in my cookie box

This cookie box has Millionaire Shortbread, Oatmeal Scotchies, Brown Butter and Pistachio Sables, and Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

round tin with an assortment of cookies

Christmas Cookie Containers

I try my best to reduce my plastic usage so when it comes to giving away Christmas cookies, that can become a little tricky. Here are a few ways to package your Christmas cookies without using plastic bags.

Holiday Paper Bags

I find these at target. They are a thicker paper bag so they can hold more. I love the festive colors and patterns.

Paper Bags (6 pack) - $3

Assorted Christmas Bags (12 pack) - $12

Tin Boxes

This is my favorite option, but definitely a little more pricey. This is great if you are only doing a few boxes. If it’s for close friends and family you can even ask for them back and then you can reuse the same holiday boxes each year. I also found the tin boxes at target.

Tin Box - $5 per box

BYOB

Bring your own box. This is a fun way to throw a party. Instead of giving out boxes, have everyone over for a cookie exchange. Each person brings their favorite cookie and their own container from home. You can each load up on cookies and enjoy each others company.

Cookie Box Packaging

Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is great to use to separate out the cookies. Especially if any of the cookies have frosting or a sticky icing.

Cotton String

This isn’t necessary but it is fun to wrap up some of the cookies with string to separate out the different cookie types. It makes each one feel like it’s own like package.

Wax paper bags

If you need to separate out cookies for allergy reason, I suggest putting cookies, such as ones with nuts, in a separate bag. You can even just make a separate cookie box depending on your needs.

Have Fun!

Making cookie boxes should be fun. Use this time to share some of your favorite recipes with friends and family. Do as little or as make as you would like and always remember to save a box for yourself!

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