A simple and thoughtful holiday gift. You can size it up for families, and personalize flavours to make sweet gifts that are low waste.
When looking for recipes to add to your cookie box, there are two key things to consider. Will they remain intact and fresh? It’s best to choose a few varieties that are hard, and a few varieties that are chewy.
Finally, if the icing on a recipe is sticky or doesn’t dry all the way, your cookies could get glued together before they are ever enjoyed.
The Anatomy of a Perfect Cookie Box
Choose 3 – 5 different recipes to divide amongst a few boxes. Play with texture, consider adding fudge, bark, rum balls, or bars of brownie.
Gingerbread and Shortbread are two classic recipes that are easy to play with and create multiple flavours. If you’re not in the mood for baking 100 cookies, make 3 types of shortbread; cranberry, orange and rosemary, and classic.
Where to Find Holiday Cookie Boxes
The best boxes to use are the ones you already have. Try thrifting some vintage cookie tins, and worst case you can find them at the dollar store almost all December.
If you plan ahead, you can find paper boxes at The Bulk Barn, Michael’s, and Etsy. Start looking for these in the second week of November, as they’re usually sold out by the first week of December
The Best Cookies to Include in Your Holiday Cookie Box
Half Baked Harvest has released cookie boxes for the last few years, and this recipe from last year’s box is simple and showy. To avoid cutting strips of parchment paper to segment your cookie box, consider using cupcake liners and coffee filters.
Hazelnut Maple Logs by Plated Cravings
Maple logs are a traditional Christmas cookie, and these ones with hazelnuts are so cute. Spruce it up more with edible glitter, or snowflake sprinkles.
White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies by The Chunky Chef
Macadamia nut cookies taste better than the ones at subway. Make an extra batch just to snack on.
Chocolate Brownie Bites on Food52
I made these ‘cookies’ by still using a muffin tin but only filling them with 2 tbsp of dough and still cooking for 10 -12 min.
Make these holiday cookies extra festive by topping with sprinkles, edible glitter, or crushed candy cane to the dough before baking.
The Best Sugar Cookies on Jenny’s Cookies
I’ve talked about these cookies before, and I probably will again. They’re so good and subtle.
To create a little variety in my box, I made 1/3rd of the dough with salted caramel chips. 1/3rd had a little tangerine zest (great for addling a little moisture to the cookie).
Making A Baking Plan
Trying to cook this many cookies may seem a little daunting at the beginning. Unless you’re like me who will voluntarily spend three days baking, you’ll want to map out your baking schedule to keep your holiday cookie box fresh.
Read all your recipes well. Sometimes there are hidden times the writer did not calculate into the total recipe time. This could be chilling dough that needs to remain cold, or letting the recipe hydrate overnight.
Some cookie dough keeps well for a few days in the fridge, so you can make a few batters before the baking day to get ahead. This also helps if you have limited equipment, or working without an machine mixer.
Bake your dough starting at the cooler end and working to the hotter temperatures. this will ensure your oven actually gets as hot as it needs to be for the higher temp bakes.
Whats your favourite cookie? Let me know in the comments below!