This is a little bit different than my usual blog posts, but I'm excited to share with you this how-to guide on putting together a cookie box, or boxes for your loved ones this Christmas! We'll be using the cookies from this year's "12 Days of Christmas Cookies" and I look forward to doing this annually for you all!
In this post I talk about:
- Choosing what cookies to make
- Planning a baking day
- Choosing what cookie box to use
- Assembling a cookie box
- Shipping a cookie box
I give different options for making a cookie box to gift to someone local to you, and for shipping to someone far away. I hope these tips are helpful and encourage you to make your own cookie box(es) for your friends and family this year!
How to Put the Box(es) Together
1. Pick Your Cookie Recipes
See a list of different cookie photos at the end of this blog post for some inspiration!
My 12 Days of Christmas Cookies Include:
- Peppermint Bark Christmas Crack
- Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
- Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
- Brownie Cookies
- Spritz Cookies
- Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
- Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies
- Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
- Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies
- Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
If you're shipping your cookie box, I would suggest sticking with cookies that will hold up well through the process. I would count out the gingerbread whoopie pies for sure, and possibly the chocolate thumbprint cookies and peppermint bark Christmas crack. I'm afraid they may not ship as well, especially if you're in a warm climate like me in Florida hehe! If you're somewhere cold those two may be completely fine to ship! (I would still count out the whoopie pies though.)
2. Plan A Baking Day
Making all these cookies will take a lot of time! (Especially if you're planning on decorating sugar and gingerbread cookies.) You'll want to give yourself a few days to make everything. I think it's realistic to plan to make 4-6 different kinds of cookies in a weekend or two day time frame. Anything more and it may get a little stressful.
Most of the cookies in this blog post, with the exception of the whoopie pies, will be completely fine for 1-2 days in an airtight container while working on other cookies. (All the cookies, except the whoopie pies, will stay fresh around 4 days in an airtight container, but you'll want to make sure you include a day for shipping and then some time for the people receiving the box to enjoy the cookies while they're still fresh.) So, I would suggest making the cookies and then shipping them as soon as possible.
You can also store some in the freezer while making the others, and then let them thaw before packaging up. I would say the longest you'd want to leave the cookies in the freezer for maximum freshness is 3-4 days. If you do plan to freeze some while making the others I suggest storing the cookies in an airtight plastic baggie as soon as they are cooled, then popping them directly into the freezer.
3. Choose Your Box
Once you've chosen the cookies you want to make and have a baking plan it's time to choose a box to put them in!
If you're gifting the box to someone locally you can use a box similar to the one shown here. I found mine at Target for $5! It makes for a really pretty presentation and after a few cookies are eaten from it, your receiver can simply wrap it up with plastic wrap! You can also use metal cookie tins with lids they sell at many stores during the holiday season.
If you're planning to overnight ship a cookie box to a loved one, I would use a metal cookie tin with a lid, or a sturdy cardboard box with a lid. For both you can use cardboard dividers to separate out each cookie's spot.
4. Assembling the Box
Depending on how you will gift/use your box will determine how I would suggest assembling it. These photos are really just for show and do not reflect how I would actually put a box together to overnight ship. However, if you're just putting a cookie box together for a Christmas party or to gift to someone locally, as previously stated, you can totally assemble it like pictured!
To Gift Locally:
- Group cookies of the same sort together
- Lay some cookies on their sides and stack others together
- Use ribbon to tie some together to make it look extra cute!
- Diversify the box by putting small cookies next to big cookies and chocolate cookies next to gingerbread or sugar cookies etc.
- Include other Christmas treats like candy canes and chocolate to make the box look even cuter
To Overnight Ship:
- Group cookies of the same sort together
- Choose festive plastic baggies like these to wrap each cookie group in
- Tie each bag together with different kinds of Christmas ribbon
- Put tissue paper on the bottom of the box and then the cardboard dividers in, then the wrapped cookies between the dividers
- Include a hand written card for extra holiday specialness
5. Shipping Your Box
Once you have your box all ready to go with the cookies wrapped up tightly in their baggies for maximum freshness you're ready to ship! If you're using a metal cookie tin with a lid I would suggest putting some tissue paper on top to keep everything safe, and then the lid on. If you're using a card board box I would suggest doing the same and then using tape to keep the lid tightly secured on top. Place your cookie box in a larger cardboard box filled with packing peanuts or bubble wrap. Tape up the box and label it as fragile so that they get shipped as nicely as possible. You've spent so much time making these cookies, you want to ensure they get to your loved ones completely in tact! Now you're ready to ship! I would definitely encourage overnight shipping your cookies so they are still totally fresh when your loved one receives them!
I hope this guide was helpful. These are all the tips I can think of that I would personally do to put together a cookie box to gift to someone! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas full of love and cookies!
Cookies to Include in Your Cookie Box
Here are a list of cookies from this year's 12 Days of Christmas Cookies to inspire you!
Chewy, chocolatey brownie cookies with crinkly, shiny tops, gooey centers and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Find the recipe here.
Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
Extra chewy gingerbread cutout cookies have soft centers, are full of warm Christmas spices and are decorated super cute! Find the recipe here.
Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
These double chocolate peppermint cookies are full dark chocolate and peppermint flavor, with chewy centers and melty chocolate chips in each bite. Find the recipe here.
Christmas Kitchen Sink Cookies
Sweet and salty Christmas cookies filled with pretzel and potato chip pieces, M&M's, white chocolate chips and sprinkles! These are sure to be a hit this holiday season! Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate thumbprint cookies are rich and chewy dark chocolate cookies with velvety smooth chocolate ganache centers. Find the recipe here.
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies
Soft, buttery, chewy, melt in your mouth, cut-out sugar cookies decorated with simple icing. A true classic. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms
Fudgy and chewy dark chocolate cookies with white chocolate peppermint Hershey Kiss centers! Find the recipe here.
Gingerbread Whoopie Pies
Gingerbread whoopie pies are soft and fluffy gingerbread cookies, full of warm Christmas spices and are filled with luscious cream cheese frosting. Find the recipe here.
Easy, classic, buttery, melt in your mouth spritz cookies with simple sprinkle decoration. Find the recipe here.
Peppermint Bark Christmas Crack
Buttery toffee covered crackers, topped with a layer of dark chocolate and peppermint white chocolate, sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies
Soft, chewy and buttery peppermint sugar cookies dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with crushed candy canes. Find the recipe here.
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
These are the best chewy peanut butter cookies! They're super easy to make, with extra chewy centers, lots of peanut butter flavor, crispy edges and the perfect "bite". Find the recipe here.
If you end up using these ideas to put together cookie boxes please leave a star review! Also, tag me on Instagram @inbloombakery_ so I can see! Follow me on Pinterest for other dessert ideas! Merry Christmas to you and yours!