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:
- For Nick, we made chocolate peanut butter pretzel bars because he always loves complicated desserts! Seriously, these were tasty, but super putzy to make.
- For me, I chose my toasted pecan snowball cookies because they are only 5 ingredients and I am all about easy 5-ingredient recipes!
- For Ben, we made this cookie (it’s for a smores chocolate chip cookie where the cookie dough is put on a graham cracker square.) He was (and still is) obsessed with graham crackers so this was an easy choice. He also loves this recipe for s’mores cookie cups.
- For Frankie, we baked pumpkin spice latte chocolate chip cookies because one of her first favorite food was sweet potatoes. She absolutely loved them. And, if you didn’t know, pumpkin and squash or sweet potato puree can be interchangeable. The canned pumpkin you get at a grocery store is actually butternut squash; pumpkin has too rough a texture lol. We made sweet potato puree and then used that in place of pumpkin puree in the recipe. Turned out great!
- And for Freddie, we made these ginger molasses cookies because he has ginger colored hair!
It’s so fun to pick the cookies – I cannot wait until the kids can each pick their own.
I already have our cookies picked out for this year and I’m so excited to make them. All three of the kids love to help in the kitchen; Ben more than Freddie and Frankie, but they are starting to show interest. This stool is key to making sure they feel part of the process.
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 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.
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.