Baked goods are always a great gift around the holidays, so I want to share with you how to make a thoughtful Christmas cookie box. For as long as I can remember my family has made cookie plates for friends and family around the holidays, now that I have my own children, it’s a nice tradition to keep on.
For our cookie tins, we pick one cookie per family member to help create our cookie plate which we give to friends and family. It makes the box feel that much more special (although any baked cookies as gifts are always special). We include a little card describing each of the cookie selections.
Last year our family Christmas cookie box was:
- Nick: these toffee bars because toffee is a childhood favorite flavor of his.
- Phi: Sea salt turtle cups because they are oh-so-yummy and she did an amazing product collaboration with Fat Toad Farm caramel.
- Ben: thumbprint cookies, using his favorite blueberry and cherry jam
- Freddie: Animal gingerbread cut out cookies because lions say “Roar” and the kids absolutely love to help make these.
- Frankie: Meringues because they are a delicate cookie just like our little princess
And lastly, as a family, we shared a cookie called Lebkuchen, which is a German classic!
It’s so fun to pick the cookies – I cannot wait until the kids can each pick their own.
I already have great ideas picked out for this year and I’m so excited to make them and include a cookie for Sam! All of the kids love to help in the kitchen and this stool is key to making sure they feel part of the process.
Some of my ideas for this year are below.
Nick loves banana desserts, so this year, we’re making big batches of my bananas foster Chex mix.
And to keep things simple, I’m going with turtle Chex mix. It’s easy to make in bulk and the kids love it. And for me, seeing my kids happy is all I need! I may get ambitious and throw in some sea salt turtle cups again or my caramel chocolate thumbprint cookies as well; turtle flavors are another thing the kids love.
For Ben, we’re going to make a raspberry filled vanilla cookie called vanilice. These were his pick because he says he gets ‘two’ of everything. Since these are a sandwich cookie, he loves that this feels like he’s getting two cookies, instead of just one.
Frankie is our only girl and my little star, so we’re making cinnamon star cookies.
For Freddie, we’re making my recipe for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies because they have a surprise ingredient that’s red (hint: it’s cherries!) and he is still holding strong with a red tint to his hair.
And for Sam, we’re going to add cranberry bliss cookies because he’s blissfully sweet 🙂
The classic cookie standby is these sugar cut out cookies. And this recipe actually holds shape, so you can take all of those fun shapes and decorate them in any way that makes sense for your family. Plus, everyone loves chocolate chip cookies, so it can’t hurt to throw in a batch of these freezer chocolate chip cookies!
Do you have any special Christmas cookie traditions? I’d love to hear them, let me know in the comments below.
Ray Hren says
My favorite Christmas cookies are coconut macaroons. Can’t go wrong with sugar cookies either.
Oh yum, I totally forget about coconut macaroons, they’re delish!!
My favorite is Gingerbread cookies. It’s a recipe from my Grandmother that has been passed down. My Mom taught me how to make them, and each year when we make them, as soon as they came out of oven we would put butter on them and eat one. So so good.
My Mom passed this year, so when I make these, I’ll be crying and thinking of all the good times we had making these.
I would have to say my favorite is sugar cookies. I am planning on making some this weekend & then delivering them to others in a basket with frosting & sprinkles & all the awsome things to decorate them. I know it will be appreciated & a lot of fun to share. Besides what’s better than eating a cookie you got to decorate yourself? Merry Christmas!! Your family is so adorable!!
Mary W says
I love holiday cookies hand made by my baking friends. Asking to choose just one is like asking who is your favorite child! I love Mexican Wedding cookies, Gingersnap cookies and Ginger Molasses cookies.
Karen D says
I like butter spritz cookies
Christmas kitchen sink cookies always call for me, and I’m not much of a sweet tooth. Holiday M&M’s, mini marshmallows, pretzels, nuts, holiday sprinkles… sweet-and-salty, chewy-and-gooey!
My grandmother always made pizzelles every December. I inherited her pizzelle iron, so I try to make them each year, too. I love the classic anise flavor, although it does make the house smell like licorice for awhile 🙂
Wow, that’s such a sweet memory, thank you for sharing that. I didn’t even know what a pizzelle was so I googled, and wow, that seems so neat!!!
Susan L Craig says
My daughter and I bake cutout sugar cookies every Christmas. It is the best part of the holiday.
Aw I love that!!
Amy Cooley says
I love making biscotti at the holidays. It’s a fun treat to share. I’ve been making a recipe I found years ago in a Cooking Light magazine. The flavor is White Chocolate Coffee Cashew. Yummy!
ooooh what a delicious sounding flavor combination, I’m going to have to look up that recipe!
Amy Cooley says
Here’s the recipe if you’re interested!
Lisa Burkhart says
I have two favorites to make. Magic cookie bar. I made them with my mom every year, and even though it has been over thirty years since I lost her, I still feel her presence when I bake them. Also Peanut Blossoms, my brothers favorite, and even though I lost him seven years ago, I still bake them for his family.. Such good memories
Thank you for sharing that story about the magic cookie bars and the peanut blossoms, such a thoughtful gesture for baking them for his family, I bet they really appreciate it.
My favorite cookie no matter what time of year is the classic chocolate chip. I’m a dunker, so I prefer them to be a thick and chewy.
YUM! Yes, I too am a chocolate chip cookie enthusiast. Whatever the time of year or season, they’re just amazing!
We make 5 different Greek pastries and put them on plates to hand out to our friends. This carries on my husband’s family tradition. In addition I usually make 1 non Greek cookie “for fun”. After baking for several days, plating and wrapping so many pastries I love a cookie with coffee. Those finger cookies sound like they will do the trick this year.
Ooooooh what an absolutely lovely tradition of making the Greek pastries (I love that you add a “for fun” cookie too!). You’ll have to tell me sometime what all the different pastries are – I love different cultural recipes.
I love decorated sugar cookies best.
So simple and delicious!