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Packaging cookies

bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 05:57 AM

Ever since high school, my friend and I have been making cookies for all our local friends for Christmas. We typically make 10 different types of cookies over a two day period. The most difficult part has always been figuring out a way to package them and I was hoping you guys would have recommendations.

In the past, we've used:
- Tin buckets that we decorated
- Cardboard boxes (Not shipping boxes, but like the ones you get when you buy a sweater at Macy's)
- Chinese steamer baskets (the bamboo ones you get a dim sum places. These, by the way, were the best so far. You can stack the cookies three or four high in a basket and then add another basket on top, And when you're done, you have the cap that goes on top of the stack of steamer basket.)
- Festive plates (this was the worst idea, since they tend to slide, despite the entire thing being wrapped in colored cellophane)

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  1. maplesugar RE: bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 08:39 AM

    I agree, cookie plates aren't easy to transport... I typically use tins, the round ones with festive patterns...I pick them up at my local grocery store, they usually come in three sizes that nest inside each other when empty and look pretty stacked and tied with ribbon. If I were to go less expensive I'd use the Wilton "window" boxes that are cardboard with clear cellophane on top - I saw the Wilton boxes at Winners/Homesense recently for about 20% less than they go for at craft stores.

    Wilton: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/prod...

    1. Sooeygun RE: bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 09:19 AM

      I get Christmas boxes and/or tins from the dollar store. They have sturdy cardboard Christmas theme boxes with a lid. I line them with wax paper.

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        Tripper RE: bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 09:49 AM

        The most important thing about packaging cookies is keeping each kind separate from the others. If you don't, they all end up with the same texture and flavor. My cousin used to give us the most beautiful plates of holiday cookies...unfortunately she packaged them together and they always tasted terrible. We would toss them out...but never had the heart to tell her!

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          theuninvitedguest RE: bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 10:58 AM

          I have used Chinese takeout containers that have worked great (an idea from Ina Garten). Do you have a Container Store near you? I'm sure you can find something there.

          I know Ina also likes to give them in these bags - http://store.cassandraskitchen.com/fl....

          1. sarah galvin RE: bmubyzal Nov 24, 2008 02:28 PM

            I bought little waxed brown paper bags with a cellophane window and tie like a coffee bag. They are cheap in bulk and easy to label or decorate. A dozen small cookies fit in each. Then I slipped some into a gift bag (I was giving two per person).

            What about little wooden 'hat box' shaped boxes. They should be at Michael's.

            Clear or fancy cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon. Or fold closed and use a pretty sticky label.

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              spkspk RE: sarah galvin Nov 24, 2008 02:50 PM

              I once got cookies packaged in a large mason jar tied with a holiday plaid ribbon and thought that it was a really cute idea.

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                bmubyzal RE: spkspk Nov 25, 2008 10:55 AM

                The mason jar sounds really nice! how'd they seperate the different cookies? a piece of wax paper?

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                  Katie Nell RE: bmubyzal Nov 25, 2008 02:17 PM

                  I've done brownies in a square jar that I got at Target for $4- it had a stainless steel lid and I had two kinds and layered them every other one, but put a square of parchment in between- it looked pretty when I was done. I've also done wine bottle boxes and stacked cookies in those.

            2. geminigirl RE: bmubyzal Nov 25, 2008 03:41 PM

              I really like your chineses steamer idea, but my only worry is packaging all different types of cookies in the same container (well sort of)...for this reason I go with the decorative cellephone bags and keep one type of cookie per bag. Just stack them in and tie with a ribbon, biscotti look really good in these.

              last year I was giving a lot away for a volunteer job and since I didn't know who they were going to, I make decorative labels with the name of cookie and listed all the ingredients just in case .

              1. NYCkaren RE: bmubyzal Nov 25, 2008 04:00 PM

                I buy tins at the Container Store. One way to separate different kinds is to use cupcake papers and stack a few cookies in each one _ as if they were store-bought cookies like Pepperidge Farm.

                1. rworange RE: bmubyzal Nov 25, 2008 05:22 PM

                  Depends on how big a deal the gift is. I usually just use pretty cellophane bags. To be clear, I don't bake. But I do buy nice cookies to give out.

                  You can put separate cellophane bags, each with a differnt cookie in a Christmas stocking.

                  It depends on what you want to spend on the gift. One year I used some ornament storage boxes, removed some of the ornaments and filled the separate compartments with different goodies... cookies in some, candy in other, and a few ornaments for the tree. That gift got lots of raves and looked very pretty. This type of ornament box
                  http://www.victorianornaments.com/Dre...

                  This time of year they sell those disposable foil cake pans with holiday colors or shapes like christmas trees. Put cookies in these. Keep each type of cookie in a paper or foil cupcake holder to separate.

                  Put cookies in coffee mugs or milk glasses and wrap with cellophane.

                  I once gave someone a cookie jar full of cookies. They were pretty much the same type of cookie so the mix and match thing doesn't matter. In this case, the cookie jar was the real gift so it was more of a major gift.

                  Pretty bento boxes would be nice. They would be resuable and keep different types of cookies separate.

                  Places like Cost Plus also have nice straw baskets that could be used.

                  Just never use plastic or tupperware. I find that unless it is something like bar cookies or brownies, they retain too much moisture making the cookies soft rather than crisp.

                  1. Emme RE: bmubyzal Nov 25, 2008 11:23 PM

                    I've done jewelry boxes... like one type of cookie in one box, then stack a few and tie with a ribbon.

                    Chinese Take-Out boxes can also be fun.

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