A Christmas Cookie Gift Box containing a selection of homemade meringue cookies and vanilla, chocolate and gingerbread biscuits. The perfect heartfelt Christmas gift!
Putting this gift box together was batch baking at its finest. I set aside a day to make the different biscuits and meringue.
Of course, it helps if you love baking but it's in no way a chore to have a house that smells wonderful and kitchen countertops strewn with freshly baked cookies!
My efforts resulted in well over 100 cookies and biscuits that I boxed up to give as gifts this Christmas.
Handmade Christmas Gifts
To make the cookie gift boxes I recycled empty boxes that I've collected over the last year. For decoration I added a couple of baubles I no longer need, making this a very frugal way of gift-giving.
I would estimate that I spent around £20.00 on ingredients and had enough cookies and biscuits to fill 4 boxes - and we still had some leftover for ourselves.
If you're anything like me and you love making gifts yourself have a look at the BBC Good Food website for more inspiration. There are so many brilliant ideas on there.
For now, follow the steps below to make your own Christmas Cookie Gift Box.
Choose Your Cookies And Biscuits
I went with three very classic biscuit recipes: Vanilla, Chocolate and Gingerbread. I have baked them all before and know how easy it is to turn the dough into lots of different shapes and sizes.
The biscuit recipes I used don't spread in the oven and result in lovely looking cookies that don't lose their shape.
It will be easier for you to use a simple base recipe then switch it up a bit. You can do this by colouring some portions of the dough, making different shapes and using a mixture of decorations.
For variety in the box, I made a really easy two-ingredient meringue which I used to pipe Meringue Christmas Trees and Christmas Wreaths. So easy to do yet really effective.
The reindeer biscuits and swirl cookies you see pictured below are made from exactly the same batch of simple vanilla biscuit dough but look very different.
Planning your biscuit and cookie recipes in advance will help make your cookie gift box look amazing and unique.
And who wouldn't want to receive a box stuffed full of delicious homemade Christmas cookies?!
Biscuits And Cookies For A Christmas Cookie Box
Christmas Tree Meringues
What Can I Use?
Don't rush out to buy a gift box. In the first instance, I advise looking around the house and I'll bet you have something suitable to recycle.
Here are a few ideas:
- Unused gift basket/toiletries holder
- Old biscuit tin or gift tin
- A cardboard box - you can always cover it with wrapping paper if it's shabby
- A box from an Amazon delivery
- A large mason jar will also work
If you can't find a neat looking box, don't worry, just cover it with festive wrap or brown paper. Tie a ribbon around a mason jar and use that as an alternative to a box.
How To Make A Christmas Cookie Box
- Decide which biscuits and cookies you want to include.
- Bake the biscuits and cookies.
- Find a suitable box.
- Divide the box into sections using pieces of card. Use cupcake cases or smaller boxes within the box to display the different cookies and biscuits.
- Old perfume boxes work perfectly cut in half and used as dividers.
- Place the biscuits and cookies in groups so that when the box is opened it gives a real wow factor.
- Stack some of the biscuits together and tie them with ribbon or string.
- Add a final flourish of decoration by popping in a couple of Christmas baubles and some candy canes.
- Write out a small label so the recipient knows what they're going to eat.
- Consider adding a note detailing any potential allergens, such as eggs.
- Tie the finished box up with ribbon.
- Use fresh cuts from a real pine tree or holly berries to tuck under the ribbon for a really festive feel.
If you make a Christmas Cookie Box, I'd love to know how it went. I would really appreciate it if you leave me a comment or share this idea with your friends. Thank you!