There’s a big difference when you bake cookies for yourself vs for gifts. When you gift cookies you want to make them feel special, more than just a cookie, reflecting the care and thought and love that went into them too. I mean, really, there’s nothing worse than a naked cookie (ok, ok, I can think of lots of things that are worse, but you get my drift).
As part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap that I co-host every year with Julie, it’s become a tradition to do up some printable goodies for you every year around this time (be sure to check out the ones I did in 2013 and 2012). This year, in addition to the printable gift tags and stickers for you to jazz up your cookie boxes, I’ve also designed some blank recipe cards to share and cherish your cookie recipes. Not only are they super cute, but when was the last time you actually wrote down a recipe? I feel like we treasure the vintage handwritten recipe cards we’ve inherited from our grandmothers, and yet aren’t continuing that tradition of sharing. Such a shame. I say break out the pen and write down a few favorite recipes. God knows your penmanship could use some practice (because if you’re anything like me, you haven’t hand-written anything more than a thank-you note in the last 5 years now that everything is typed or texted or emailed).
Even if you’re not participating in the cookie swap you can utilize these printables for your edible gifts this holiday season. Simply download and print the files onto cardstock or sticker paper, then cut out and adorn. For the recipe cards, the PDF file is two pages, for front and back. If your printer does duplex printing, just fill it with cardstock and let it do its thing. If not, print out the first page, then flip over the cardstock and print the second page on the back. They should (emphasis on should) line up perfectly.
If you’ll be shipping your cookies to friends and relatives around the country, properly packing your cookies is of the utmost importance to ensure they arrive safe and sound at their destination. For example, the cello treat bag above is not sufficient padding for cookies. Nor is a padded envelope, for that matter (take it from experience, I’ve been on the receiving end of an envelope of cookies and they were less than appetizing when they arrived). Instead, I’d find a good sized box that offered at least and inch of empty space around the bag of cookies. Then I’d surround the cookies with something soft and squishy, like packing peanuts, filling the box completely so that the cookies wouldn’t budge during their trip. For even more protection you could also put the bag in a cookie tin or bakery box, and then pad and pack that box inside a sturdy outer one. It may seem like a lot of extra work, but you’re putting all this effort into baking and shipping your cookies, you might as well take the time to ensure they arrive in one piece.
*Steps down off
soap cookie box*
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