My sister does a lot of baking, and she makes more than she could ever eat all by herself. So she treats her coworkers, friends and family (lucky me!) to tasty sweets every now and then.
The thing is, standard resealable baggies are pretty dull and boring. My sister was looking for a nice way to transport cookies that looked good but not too fussy – these aren't gifts, after all.
So, Sis, this one's for you: Three pretty-but-easy ways to wrap cookies for sharing. (Thanks for helping me bake these tasty triple chocolate ones, by the way!)
1. Cellophane Bag
Instead of a plastic baggie, use a cellophane bag and tie it with a nice ribbon. I used satin ribbon here, but velvet, grosgrain or organdy would look lovely too – any beautiful ribbon you like would work. You can find packages of cellophane favour bags at dollar stores, usually in the party decorations aisle. If you have trouble holding the bag closed and tying the ribbon tight enough at the same time, cinch the bag with a twist-tie first, then tie the ribbon over it.
2. Paper Bag
Available from the grocery store, brown paper lunch bags are another option for transporting treats. After filling the bag with cookies, fold the top down and seal with a sticker. Use a decorative seal or pretty sticker, or write the type of cookie on an adhesive label. If your cookies are a little greasy, wrap them in wax paper before placing in the bag so they don't leave oil marks on the paper.
3. Gift Box
A decorative, cardboard gift box will protect more delicate cookies. A 4"-square box (as shown here) is a good size in most cases, but you can find boxes in many sizes to suit your needs. Gift and paper stores often carry nicely patterned boxes, online retailers such as Creative Bag have a good selection, or a place like Uline sells plain ones in bulk.
Before putting your cookies in the box, line it with wax paper. You can fold a sheet of wax paper to line the box, or use two cut strips like I did for a tidier package.
For a 4"-square box, each strip should be a smidgen less than 4" wide and approximately 19" long. The strips need to be long enough to line the sides and bottom of the box, with enough to overlap atop the cookies. To determine how long your strips of wax paper should be for any size box, measure around the box, then add a few inches to allow for overlap.
For example, strip 1 should be the same width of the box, and be long enough to line the box from front to back, with overlap. The width of strip 2 should be the same as the depth of the box (from front to back) and be long enough to line the box from side to side, with overlap.
For an extra touch, cut your wax paper with pinking shears, a scallop-edged rotary cutter or other decorative scissors.
Once your wax paper is cut, place one strip so it lines the box from front to back, and the second strip so it runs from side to side. The strips should cross each other on the bottom, like a "+" sign.
Fill the box with cookies and fold the flaps of wax paper over them. Close the box and seal with a sticker or label. You're now ready to impress your friends and coworkers with yummy, beautifully wrapped treats!
A small note about freshness: None of these three solutions will keep the cookies as fresh as a resealable bag. If you are concerned that the cookies might not get eaten right away and you want to ensure they stay fresh, opt for a decorative tin instead.