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Carmen S
Cookie Giving Done Right
November 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM

So, you've made the cookies for your cookie exchange. You debated exactly *which* recipe you'd choose. You made sure you had the right ingredients, the cookie sheets were ready, and you carefully marked out enough time. The cookies turned out perfectly, and you can't wait to share them with your friends.

Except, exactly, how will you distribute these cookies? You could hand them out individually, I guess, but it would be a bit time consuming, somewhat messy, and not very exciting. Instead, try out this amazingly simple and very impressive holiday wrap.

Pull off a section of parchment paper, about 8 inches long. On top of the paper, place a sheet of decorated tissue paper, specific to the holiday you are celebrating. Place a second sheet of parchment on top of the paper.  Using a iron on very low heat, carefully, carefully press the sheets together. When they cool, you'll have a beautiful sheet of paper in which you can wrap your cookies that is grease resistant and holds a crease nicely. Lay the cookies on the paper, fold it over the top and then under the bottom, and seal with a sticker.

Another option for an easy and impressive cookie delivery is to pack the cookies in layers of parchment paper inside a (clean, unused) Chinese take out container. Decorate the outside with stickers. Or let your children go crazy with the markers and crayons.

Remember, the display is part of the wonder of the cookie distribution - so let your creativity go wild!

What are your favorite ways to give cookies to your friends, neighbors and relatives?



  • powow65
    by powow65
    November 28, 2012 at 4:50 AM
    Chocolate chip
  • emilyrosenj
    November 28, 2012 at 6:11 AM
    What a cute and creative idea!
  • SweetLuci
    November 28, 2012 at 7:52 AM

     I usually use cookie tins, but this sounds great.

  • othermom
    November 28, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    I put diffrent types on a plate and bring the cookies to them. I also like to give small loafs of banana bread

  • lish2127
    November 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Cute idea! My DH brought home a variety of nice cookie boxes he got free from his job (samples of new product they are carrying) and I'm looking forward to using them!

  • Madelaine
    November 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Interesting!  We like to give cookies to neighbors, especially when they first move in.

  • MamaBear2cubs
    November 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    That's a cute idea!

  • GwenMB
    by GwenMB
    November 28, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I don't usually give away cookies since I'm gluten free so only bake gluten free.  This may sound bad, but I don't like "wasting" my gluten free ingredients on people who don't need gluten free since gluten free baking ingredients are so expensive.

    I do know 3 adults in my local area who are gluten free.  Two of them are men who don't eat sugar and/or dairy either.  The 3rd is a young woman who found out this past summer that she has Celiacs.  I should get my baking done & give her a sampler of gluten free cookies - it seems like the first gluten free Christmas is the hardest since you haven't had enough time to find all the wonderful ways to bake gluten free.

    I'll have to find a fun way to package them, too! These ideas are fun.

  • sanj1213
    November 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM
    Cute idea! I use tins most of the time.
  • LovesFredric
    November 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I have come to love parchment paper!!  Great idea!!

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