Christmas Cookie packaging
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?
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!
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.
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 :)
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.
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.