Three Ways to Package Cookies for Gift Giving

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Does your last sprint to the Christmas finish line involve baking? If cookies are on your list of gifts to give this holiday, you’re going to need a nice way to package them. With all the love and care you put into baking them, how they’re wrapped needs to be just as nice. To help you out, here are three ideas on how to box up your baked goods.

SAMPLER BOX

As a hostess gift, a sampler box of cookies is a nice way to please both the host and the guests.

The size of box you choose will determine how many batches of cookies you’ll need to bake — don’t go too big or you’ll be mixing dough forever. You can pad the bottom of the box a bit with tissue, both to protect the cookies and also to cut down on how many you have to make. (Don’t pad too much though, or it will look like you’re cheaping out.)

MATERIALS + TOOLS

  • Square or rectangular box
  • Cardboard
  • Tissue
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon, tag and decoration as desired

HOW TO

1. To make the divider insert, measure the inside diagonal of the box and the inside height; this is the length and width, respectively, of each of the two divider pieces. Using a ruler and pencil, mark out two pieces with these measurements onto the cardboard. Then use the ruler, craft and cutting mat to cut them out.

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2. Next, make a slit halfway up the middle of each piece: Measure and mark the halfway point of both the length and width of each divider piece, then cut a slit equal to the width of your cardboard.

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3. Slide the two pieces together to create an X, then place the divider in the box to create four sections.

4. Line each section with tissue paper, then fill with cookies and replace the lid. Add a ribbon, tag and embellishment.

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Round Box

A small round box is a sweet way to package a sampling of extra-precious cookies — ones where the decoration is the shining feature.

The trick to this packaging is to find and choose your box before you start baking: The cookies need to be cut into a round shape just slightly smaller than the size of the box. You’ll want a roll-out recipe that doesn’t expand much in the oven; the cookies you cut will need to be basically the same size uncooked as cooked.

MATERIALS + TOOLS

  • Round gift box
  • Wax paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ribbon and embellishment as desired

HOW TO

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1. Cut a strip of waxed paper to line the inside wall of the box: The width of the strip should be just a few millimetres shy of the inside height of the box. The length of the strip should be a few centimetres longer than the circumference of the box. Once you have your measurements, measure, mark, then cut the waxed paper using a pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat.

2. To make the dividing sheets that will sit between each cookie, measure the diameter of the box, then cut squares using this measurement as the square’s sides. The number of squares you need will depend on how thick your cookies are, the height of your box, and how many cookies will fit into the box.

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3. Fill your box with cookies: Place a square piece of waxed paper on the bottom of the box, then a cookie, then alternate between waxed paper and cookies until the box is full. Finish with a final piece of waxed paper.

4. Finally, place the lid on the box then decorate with ribbon and an embellishment.

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Sleeve Box

This method creates two boxes out of one, and is inspired by macaron packaging — where all those pretty confections are lined up in a row. This “drawer” box slides out like a matchbox from an enclosing sleeve to reveal the cookies inside.

Fill with macarons, roll-out cookies cut to size, or even truffles — whatever your choice, you’ll want a cookie that you can control the size of so it will fit into the box.

MATERIALS + TOOLS

  • Ice wine box (or any long, narrow box)
  • Cardstock
  • Flat binding, twill tape or ribbon
  • Double-sided tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glue
  • Label

HOW TO

1. Measure the circumference and length of the lid of the box. Add one to two centimetres to the circumference measurement, then use a pencil, ruler, craft knife and cutting mat to cut a piece of cardstock to this size.

2. Measure the height and width of the box lid. Divide the width of the cut cardstock piece (the measurement that’s equal to the box’s circumference) into four sections — two sections equal to the box’s height, and two equal to its width, alternating between the two measurements. You should be left with a fifth section of one to two centimetres; trim the corners off at an angle using the craft knife or scissors. Fold along each scored line to create the sleeve, then attach double-sided tape to the fifth section and secure to the first section.

3. Measure to find the centre of the box end, then use craft knife to cut a slit through which to thread the binding. Create a handle loop, gluing in place on the inside.

4. Line the box with tissue, fill with cookies, then slide into the sleeve covering. Attach a label if desired.

5. Repeat all steps with the bottom of the ice wine box to create a second Sleeve Box.

Photography by Stephanie Kretzschmer | Special thanks to my sister for baking all the cookies