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Christmas Cookie packaging

Hi everyone!

There are some amazing ideas on this board for Christmas cookies. I will likely be making them for 20 people and would like to package them for each person. Do you have any packing ideas? I would like something more formal than simply arranging them on a plate. Do you put all different kinds of cookies in one box or tin? Do you do something to separate the different kinds? Or do you just put them all together?


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  1. I use cardboard shirt boxes lined with pretty patterned papers and tin foil and lay the cookies in rows. I place a layer of flat bubble wrap on the bottom and top of each box to cushion and prevent movement during transport. I don't ship cookies this way but I do bring cookies to family and friends using this method. I make dozens of cookies btwn Thanksgiving and Valentine's day so this method works for me. But cardboard boxes come in all shapes & sizes; easy to embellish with paper and handle cookies well. Happy holidays!

    1. I ship most of my cookies. I go to Target and buy a few of those airproof containers (like tupperware, but it clips down on four sides). The, I make layers. Each cookie gets a layer with wax paper liners. On a post it note, I write the kinds of cookies, by layers, so this way the recipient knows the kind of cookie in each layer.

      For locals, I usually throw the cookies in separate zip lock baggies. Not the prettiest, but it will make the cookies stay the freshest.

      1. My cousin makes beautiful plates of assorted cookies. Unfortunately, because she doesn't wrap each kind separately, they all get soft and absorb the flavors of the other cookies. It is sad, but we just toss them. Although it may not be as attractive...wrap each kind individually if you want them to be enjoyed. Wish we had told my cousin years ago :)

        1. I buy round tins and cellophane bags with twist ties from the dollar store, and put tissue paper on the bottom and then the bags on top. But bags only work well for sturdy cookies and candies. Putting them in muffin liners looks nice too, if you're not shipping. If I'm shipping I'll stuff the tin with bubble wrap too.

          1. Regardless of their ultimate container (mailed in boxes, gifted in tins or baskets or plates, etc) I package up baked goods individually first. I use the plastic bags sold as "bread and food" storage bags, which are the flimsier plastic bags that you secure with a twist tie rather than a zip closing. Insert a drinking straw into the bag and hold tight while sucking the air out, then twist tie. The food and storage bags aren't as sturdy as zip lock freezer bags but they make a more airtight seal around the baked goods, like a sort of shrink wrap. This technique works well when freezing baked goods. You will, of course, look like the Ruler of Dorkland; don't let anyone else catch you in the act.

            1. Years ago, I went to a Chinese resto supply store and bought a sleeve of cardboard takeout containers--250 was the smallest lot I could buy. Over the years, I've used various colors and designs of tissue paper, fluffed ribbons on the handle, etc. This packing method works best for small, dense food items such as truffles or fudge because of the odd shape plus the fact that items are packed 5 or 6 high. These boxes also work for small gifts.

              I also go to garage sales, Goodwill, etc. and buy up pretty plates. The plate is part of the gift and in fact is ready to be re-gifted!

              1. Most of my cookies are shipped out-of-town in cookie tins.

                This year I found small tins, which I use for single people, at 99 cents at my usual super market and larger plastic tubs, which I use for larger households, for $2 at Target -- all made in America.

                I line the tin with wax paper or paper towels and then combine varieties within the tin, sometimes separating layers with more paper towels, and sometimes not.

                I place the tins in corrugated boxes surrounding the tin on all sides with styrofoam "peanuts" and ship them by UPS. I try to save boxes over the year for this purpose, as well as reusing the styrofoam peanuts from packages that we receive. If I run out of boxes, I buy them at the UPS store (actually my local hardware store) at the time that I ship the boxes. If I run out of peanuts or packing tape, I bring my boxes and the tins to the UPS store, and they will help me pack up the boxes for free.

                1. I usually re-use those butter cookie tins since I prefer to not buy brand new tins at the store. Around the holidays, people usually bring a tin or two to work to share with everyone, so I ask to keep those. I also have several friends who know that I like to give cookies and will usually give me their tins (or best yet, give me the tins back that I gave them full of cookies last year). I usually only put one kind of cookie in the tin, but if I give an assortment, I do wrap the different flavours individually.

                  If I'm giving only a small amount of cookies, I'll also reuse glass jars and tie a ribbon around the neck. This really only works if you're giving people less than half dozen and the cookie also happen to fit the diameter of the jar. This also works well if you give someone homemade granola or maybe the cluster-type treats (like nuts rolled in chocolate) that tend to be smaller.

                  I've also gone to the craft stores like Michael's and bought crinkly cello bags and wrapped cookies in those and tied with a twistie tie or string for gifts. Depending on the bag, I've also just used tape and neatly folded and taped down the top. I prefer to use the reusable containers since I'm into recycling and stuff.

                  1. Michael's and any arts and crafts stores sells Christmas-themed Chinese take-out boxes, aluminum tins, and assorted boxes you can use. I used those, and I've also used boxes and bags from cake supply stores.

                      1. re: greygarious

                        That very first article that pops up about not combining crisp and soft cookies is spot on! Such good advice.

                      2. I'm with those who pack each variety separately, whether I am shipping or giving locally, so as to preserve individual textures and flavors. I use cellophane bags (from cake/candy/craft-supply stores), and either close them with a metallic twist tie or fold the top down a couple of times and secure with an adhesive label on which I write the name of the contents. Then the assortment of bags goes in a tin, box, or gift bag lined with colored tissue, or straight in a box filled with padding of one kind or another for mailing.

                          1. Steph648, were you asking this packaging question because you are shipping cookies or hand delivering them to each person?

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                            1. re: HillJ

                              I am giving them by hand. I usually like to make three or four types of cookies including one bar cookie such as a pecan bar, perhaps a mini whoopie pie as well as probably two round cookies. Last year I used the martha stewart boxes but the divisions made it hard to fit everything. I want to be able to give more than one or two bars to each person, but I wasn't sure how to package them.

                              I attached some photos from last year. I would like to do something similar but with larger items such as bar cookies.

                              Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

                            2. I also thought that perhaps this year I should put each type of cookie in a separate bag tied with a ribbon and give each person a little shopping bag with perhaps three or four little bags.

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                              1. re: Steph648

                                Love the photos!! Such colorful cookies! You could try the shirt box and reconfigure your separations using cardboard strips to fit a bar cookie. Or cut your bar cookie to fit a large cupcake paper and fit those in your box style from last year. Either way (& even using the bags you describe above) would make a lovely presentation.

                                1. re: Steph648

                                  Steph, that is exactly what I do when handing people cookie (and other baked treat/candy) gifts for the holidays: small bags closed with ribbon, metallic twist tie, or sticker, together in a gift bag. That way, shapes of the various items don't matter, and everything fits.

                                  Kudos on your pretty cookie assortment from last year!