Christmas Cookies

 

From the look of it, the holiday season has officially started.  That means it’s time to not only decorate the house and do some Christmas shopping, but it’s also time to start baking, lots of it.

 

I really love to give decorated Christmas cookies as gifts.  Everyone is always thrilled and very appreciative.

 

These Christmas cookies were gifts for my kids’ teachers a few years back.

 

As a teacher, I can definitely chime in on what makes a great gift.  Of course, any gift is appreciated and definitely makes a teacher feel special.  Yet, after a few years of teaching, I had so many coffee mugs, they took up two shelves in my kitchen cabinets.  And I love coffee mugs!

 

Cookies, any kind…not just decorated ones, are usually a hit.  Teachers (and anyone, for that matter) love to bring these home and share with family and friends.  And, since I tend to give them out right before the winter break, they’re able to save some for their holiday dinners or get-togethers.

 

Here’s a peak into my mess…I mean process.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

These cookies were made using my favorite cookie recipe, glace icing, and royal icing details.

 

Here are some packaging ideas below.  I like to use packaging that is useful and can be reused, like these tins.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Holiday themed boxes are great, too.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

I like that they can be reused for the recipient’s own gift-giving.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Trays are another option…

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Baskets of cookies can make a stunning presentation.  They’re also inexpensive if you shop the after-Christmas sales and store them for the next year.  That’s what I did with these baskets.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

Christmas Cookies

 

The baskets wrapped, with Christmas card inside, and pretty bow on top.

 

Christmas Cookies

 

I’ve also used holiday themed ceramic platters and yes, I’ve used a mug or two…I must confess.  I couldn’t resist, they were gorgeous.

 

Of course, the point is to show teachers, office staff, and let’s not forget all of the teachers who give extracurricular lessons, that we value them and are grateful for all that they do.

 

Teachers appreciate any gift…yes, it really is the “thought that counts.”  But, who can turn down a basket or tin of buttery, sweet, and completely adorable Christmas cookies?

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