The Sweetest Gifts

There’s no doubt that baking cookies is a time-honored holiday tradition, and Krusteaz cookie mixes make it easy to keep the tradition alive during the always hectic holiday season.

This year, I’ve provided the inspiration to make your holiday cookies as pretty as they are delicious with these sweet and simple cookie decorating and gifting ideas.

 

The crafting makes for a great family activity, and your mailman, teachers and next-door neighbors will appreciate the extra creativity this holiday season! 

1. Reindeer Pails
Rudolph may have the shiniest nose, but these sweet reindeer pails boast the cutest “antlers”! Fashioned from decorative paper straws, the sky’s the limit when it comes to patterns and colors. Cut one straw in half to form the main part of each antler, then hot glue 2 smaller pieces of straws to either side. Secure the antlers to the pail with tape or hot glue, then add paper ears, “sleepy” eyes, and a nose. You can use this printable template for the ears and nose, or just freehand cut the pieces from colored card stock.

For the cookies:

Fill the finished pail with Krusteaz Gingerbread cookies adorned with white chocolate covered pretzels and nonpareils. Bake the cookies as instructed on the back of the box, then press a pretzel into the center of each cookie while it’s still warm + sprinkle with nonpareils. For the finishing touch, add a printable “North Pole” or “Magic of the Season” gift tag.

2. Tacky Christmas

‘Tis the season to be TACKY… although in this case tacky is also pretty darn cute! Inspired by the popular “ugly Christmas sweater” concept, these DIY cookie gifts are made from snack sized Pringles containers covered in novelty Christmas socks.  Simply pull a sock over the cookie-filled container, tie it closed with baker’s twine, and trim the excess sock off the top.  Add a sparkly pom and a “Tacky” or “Fa La La La La” printable hang tag before gifting.

For the cookies:
Fill these playful containers with cookies that are just as fun! Stir ½ cup of rainbow sprinkles into Krusteaz Shortbread Cookie Mix, then add a few snowflake sprinkles to each cookie before baking. Make sure to keep your cookies around 2.5” or smaller so that they fit into the containers well.

3. Cookie Sleighs
Oh what fun it is to ride in a…. cookie-filled sleigh! You’ll need paper loaf pans, candy canes, sparkly poms, and decorative wax paper for this craft. Use hot glue to attach 2 poms + 1 candy cane to each side of the “sleigh”. Wrap your cookies with decorative wax paper or treat liners, and tie a printable holiday fun tag on top. (Tip: Use a 2” craft punch to make the tags circle shaped.)

For the cookies:

Give Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookies a quick, merry twist with red and green candy melts! Just press 1 candy melt into the center of each cookie while they’re still warm.

 

4. Cookie Bar Presents
These cute little gifts are further proof that simple can still be super cute! Just stack 4 holiday cookie bars on top of each other, then use clear cellophane to wrap the cookie stack up like a tiny present. Embellish with decorative ribbons, bows, and printable holiday gift tags.

For the cookies:

The cookie bars pictured here are made from Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix + chopped up Candy Cane Hershey Kisses. I used about 40 chopped kisses for one box of cookie mix.

5. Little Drummer Boy Tins
Inspired by the classic holiday song, this clever little cookie tin is sure to drum up some smiles! I used 14 oz round tin cans for the base of this project, which is large enough to comfortably hold several 3” cookies. Use this printable template of triangles for the sides of the drum, alternating colors as you glue them all the way around. For best results, use a 3” circle craft punch or circle cutter for the circular label on the top of the tin. Cut pieces of thin wood dowels down to act as the “drum sticks”, and secure them with hot glue as well.

For the cookies:

Bake Krusteaz Shortbread cookies according to the instructions on the box. Use the tip of a fork to add pretty impressions into the top of the cookies before baking them.

 

6. Mod Santa Takeout Boxes
Ho ho ho! A red takeout container, white paper mustache, and free printable tag are all you need to channel Santa in this fun cookie packaging design! I pulled the mustaches off of decorative party straws and added a coat of white craft paint to the back side to make them extra snowy-white. (You can also search for white paper mustaches or stickers, but the white paint does give this gift a nice “crafty” look!)

For the cookies:

Mix ½ cup of holiday-colored nonpareils into the dough of 1 box of Krusteaz Sugar Cookie Mix. Bake according to the instructions on the box. Press a striped Candy Cane Kiss into the center of each cookie right after pulling them from the oven.

 

7. Naughty AND Nice Cookie Pails
Naughty or nice? Sometimes it’s a little bit of both! And this cheeky cookie gift has your loved ones covered either way. One side is filled with snowball cookies and the other with “coal” (a.k.a. snowball cookies + black food coloring!). Use my free printable Naughty and Nice Labels to decorate both sides of the pail, and the matching printable pattern to add a splash of color to the lid. These pails are approximately 3x4” and can be purchased at craft stores or online.
 

For the cookies:
To make the snowball cookies, prepare Krusteaz Shortbread Cookie dough according to the instructions on the box. Roll the dough into small balls, approximately 1” in size. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm. Repeat the process for the “coal” cookies, with the added step of mixing black gel food coloring into the dough before baking and skipping the powdered sugar.

 

8. Snowy Berry Baskets
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow… especially if it “snows” in the form of tasty cookies! ;) For this gift, you’ll need colored berry baskets, which can be purchased at craft stores or online, plus white craft paint, a pencil eraser, and your favorite beverage-sized holiday cocktail napkins. Dip the pencil eraser in white paint and use it to stamp “snow” all over the berry baskets. Open the beverage napkins and use them as basket liners for the cookies. For the finishing touch, use glue dots or tape to attached a printable holiday scroll banner on top of each basket.

For the cookies:

To make the snowball cookies, prepare Krusteaz Shortbread Cookie dough according to the instructions on the box. Roll the dough into small balls, approximately 1” in size. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm.

9. Fancy Holiday Cookie Sleeves
Glassine sleeves are perfect for holding 1-2 larger cookies and a great choice when you have LOTS of cookie gifts to hand out! Give these plain & simple sleeves a fancy new look with the help of gold foil washi tape + bold black and white printables. Use the washi tape to add stripes and patterns to the sleeves – or as shiny “trunks” for  mod paper trees!
 

For the cookies:
You can really serve any Krusteaz favorite in these crafty sleeves, but Shortbread cookies with “fork tip impressions” look especially chic with the color palette!

 

10. Birch Log
Birch logs are always cool for the holiday season, but even more so when they’re filled with treats! This DIY packaging idea holds a LOT of cookies and is great for loved ones that deserve extra generous cookie gifts.  It’s made from an empty Pringles canister wrapped in printable birch texture paper and adorned with small gold Styrofoam “berries” + a paper leaf

For the cookies:

Fill the canister with Krusteaz Gingerbread Cookies adorned with white chocolate covered pretzels and nonpareils. Bake the cookies as instructed on the box, then press a pretzel into the center of each cookie while still warm and sprinkle with nonpareils.

 

 

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