If you've decided to give the gift of cookies this holiday season, I applaud you. I'm always ready to cookie-it-up all season long. By that, I mean make them, bake them, and, if all goes as planned, give most of them away. (Although, if you're like me, the act sometimes becomes a game of "one for you, one for me.")
And while just the act of making and baking something homemade for your friends and family is enough, I tend to think wrapping them up is half the fun. There are a variety of gift-worthy presentations to help make parting with all those cookies that much more joyful, but these are five of my very favorite. And if you happen to nab a few before applying the final swipe of the tape, no judgment here.
1. In a Box
This is one of the easiest ways to wrap your baked goods and is especially good for sturdy cookies. I keep a stash of small slider boxes on hand during baked gift season. (The ones shown above are from Paper Mart.) Line them with parchment paper, stack cookies inside, slide on the top, and wrap a few lengths of twine around the entire box.
2. In a Jar
Another option for sturdy cookies like the chocolate chip sort and others? Tall, narrow jars. Wash and dry the jar, stack, and seal. A simple piece of ribbon brings it all together. I prefer to use the Weck 1/2-liter cylindrical jar for this purpose, but any tall, narrow jar works.
3. In a Paper Bag
Larger cookies deserve their own bag, and food-safe brown paper bags can be picked up anywhere. You may opt for one with a fancy design, but I think the plain craft sort always makes everything look perfect.
4. On a Plate
Just bringing cookies to your neighbor? Grab a clean plate, maybe line it with a square of parchment paper (although you don't have to), and pile the cookies on top. Then, for a bit more protection and presentation, wrap it all up in a clean kitchen towel with white twine.
5. In Newspaper
Forget the fancy gift-wrap: Pretty news wrap from a colorful section of a printed paper is just as nice (not to mention affordable and eco-friendly). Wrap your cookies first in parchment or wax paper, and, for a splash of color, use Washi tape instead of regular Scotch tape.
Your turn: What's your favorite way to wrap up holiday cookies?