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.