The best presents are those sent from the heart. What better way to surprise your friends and family than with some freshly-baked, homemade Christmas cookies.

One of Howard’s favorite childhood holiday memories is when his mom would make Christmas cookies to give to family and friends. It’s a beautiful way to show your loved ones how much you care. We’ll share our favorite way to gift these delicious goodies:

  • Select a cookie tin or box large enough to hold all of the delicious treats you’ve baked but not so big that you have too much extra space when filled. We like to use metal tins because they seem to hold up better, especially when being shipped.
  • We like to use white tissue paper to line our tin and separate the layers of cookies. Using your tin or box as a guide, trace and cut sheets of tissue paper to fit perfectly in your box. When our tins are square or rectangle, we line the bottom and sides with large sheets of tissue paper that we fold horizontally until they fit nice and snug inside. After we package our cookies, we’ll fold this tissue paper over the top of the cookies. This works great if your lid doesn’t have a window or if you plan on shipping your goodies.
  • Unless you plan on gifting the cookies right after they’re baked, we suggest freezing them until you’re ready to do so. Doing this will preserve their freshness and ensure that your loved ones receive the best-tasting goodies. We like to remove them from the freezer just about 15-20 minutes before packing them to allow them to thaw slightly. This helps avoid condensation in your cookie tin.
  • If you’ve stored your cookies in the freezer until you were ready to pack them, you might notice that select garnishes, such as powdered sugar, don’t look the same as they did when they came fresh out of the oven. Here’s your chance to restore them to their former glory with a dusting, sprinkle or other necessary touch up prior to packaging.
  • To start, make sure your tin or box is clean and ready to be filled. Your bottom layer should be a piece of white tissue paper cut or folded to fit perfectly.
  • Be generous with your cookies. You’ve worked hard on them and your friends and family will be excited to indulge in the treats.
  • To avoid damage, make sure the cookies are placed in the tin or box snuggly. This will prevent them from sliding or moving around too much. When arranging your cookies, be careful to not lay ones on each other that will crush or damage what’s underneath. Once you’ve filled the bottom layer with cookies, place one of your cut sheets of tissue paper on top and continue on. Repeat this until you’ve used all of your cookies or the tin is full, whichever comes first.
  • Whichever cookie or treat is the recipient’s favorite (or maybe the one you’re most proud of) should be placed front and center so that it’s the first thing they see when they open the tin or box.
  • If you’re mailing your tin, make sure you fill any remaining space with enough tissue to secure the cookies inside.
  • Finishing touches, such as ribbon or a bow, are the icing on the cake (or the cookie in this case).
  • Be sure to check with USPS or your preferred shipping provider for holiday deadlines to ensure your friends and family receive their treats in time. When selecting your shipping method, keep in mind that what you’re sending is perishable so you’ll want it to be delivered as quickly as possible.

ORANGE & FIELD TIP: A hand-written recipe card for the each included cookie is a great way to add a special little touch to your holiday gift.