Christmas gift giving can get complicated when you have more than just a few people on your Christmas shopping list. When you are choosing presents, you want to find something they will not want to return, but if you don’t know the recipient very well, that can be next to impossible. So when you start to plan your gift giving for teachers and coaches, distant and not-so-distant relatives, remember, cookies are the perfect Christmas present.
Finding a great Christmas cookie recipe is not that hard. Figuring out how to wrap those Christmas cookies, however, is something you will need to spend some time planning. You want to make sure that the cookies arrive fresh and in perfect shape.
Choose Your Recipe
When choosing your recipes, avoid baking crisp cookies. They are difficult to keep from crumbling, especially if they are going to have to be delivered by mail or other delivery service. Soft cookies, bar cookies, and drop cookies hold together much better when traveling. If you have a crisp cookie recipe you love and must use, make sure that you do not package them with a softer variety. Packaging crisp cookies with a softer kind will cause the crisp cookies to get soft.
Also try to avoid making your cookies with frosting or creamy fillings unless you can assure they will remain cold until they are delivered. You would not want your cookies to melt and arrive in less-than-beautiful condition.
Before you start baking, take a little time to gather up your packaging materials.
Choose Your Container
Decorative tins and containers are easy to use. They are generally easy to find at any store selling Christmas items, and they are already decorated for Christmas. You can also present your cookies in specially printed paper bags, tied with brightly colored ribbons. Woven baskets and decorated plates work nicely if you are going to be hand delivering your cookies. Cardboard boxes are good too.
Choose Your Packaging Material
To package your cookies, you will need waxed paper, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, cellophane paper, colorful gift tissue paper, a sturdy box if you will be having your cookies delivered by mail or delivery service, and bubble wrap or shredded paper.
Packaging Your Cookies for Delivery
Line your container with waxed paper or foil and gift tissue . Put a couple layers on the bottom to give it some cushioning. If your cookies are fragile, place them bottom-to-bottom and wrap them in plastic wrap or foil. Other cookies can be wrapped individually and placed into the container. Place your cookies so that they fit snugly around the edges of your container. This will prevent them from shifting around and crumbling. Between each layer of cookies, place a layer of waxed paper. Put some extra cushioning in the top of the container for extra protection. Last, but not least, put in a copy of your recipe, and seal your cookies.
If you are packing your cookies into a woven basket, follow the steps outlined above for packaging. Then sit your basket on a square of cellophane, and pull the cellophane up and around the top of the basket. Gather the cellophane at the top and tie it off with a pretty ribbon.
Now, if you will be shipping your cookies, put a layer of bubble wrap or crumbled or shredded paper into the bottom of your shipping box. Place your cookie container on top. Now place the packing material all the way around it, so that it will not shift in transit. Seal your box and mark it as “fragile”, “perishable” or “handle with care”. So your cookies arrive fresh, choose a quicker method of delivery.
Now that you have delivered or shipped all of your cookies, it is time to reward yourself. Pour a big glass of milk, get a plate of cookies, and enjoy the fruit of your labor. You earned it. Merry Christmas!