It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The kitchen is warm with scents of gingerbread, dark chocolate, and mint. Ingredients piled high across your work surface – no doubt, taking up every square inch of available space in your kitchen. The plan of attack, meticulously calculated out in order to ensure every cookie gets the attention it needs. You’re feeling slightly overwhelmed, but excited to take on the challenge.
It’s holiday cookie box time!
Whether you bake them from scratch, purchase them from a local bakery, or keep things quick and speedy with a variety of your boxed favourites, putting together a holiday cookie box is as fun as it is delicious. Here are 3 of my top tips for putting together the ultimate festive cookie box this holiday season!
1. Homemade or Store Bought?
There is no rule that says you must bake all these cookies yourself, so do not feel the pressure to spend the next 12 days baking. Take on what you think you can handle. If that means 3 out of the 8 types of cookies you plan to include are made by you – go for it! There is no shame in filling in with bakery or store-bought cookies, after all, it’s the thought that counts!
2. Mix It Up!
Aim to have a variety of cookies and goodies in the box. This goes for both types of cookies and flavours. Shortbreads, oatmeal, crinkle cookies, sandwich cookies, chocolate dipped, drizzled or covered, biscotti, sugar cookies, wafers, or jelly-filled — the options are endless!
3. Make it Eye-Catching
Sure you could throw it all into a tin and call it a day, but there is something about a cookie box that is as pretty as it is delicious. Choose a box that is large enough to accommodate all the cookies you have planned. This can be a simple bakery box (like the ones you find in the grocery store next to the donuts) or something more unique, like a thrift shop or antique store find. If the box is not pre-divided you can use mini cardboard loaf pans, cupcake liners or small gift boxes to divide the box. Lastly, don’t shy away from including other festive items to “fill” the box; there’s no rule to say it has to be all cookies. Fill extra space with candies, chocolates, candy canes, marshmallows, or even special ornaments – it all adds layers, colours and interest to make it eye-catching!
If you plan to ship your cookie box make sure things are well packed! The cookies and treats should be nice and snug so they don’t shake, rattle and roll when shipped. Adding a layer of bubble wrap can help your box from getting crunched. And don’t forget that “Fragile” sticker!
And with that, I wish you all the best in your cookie baking adventures this weekend!