As much as I love to bake, I also love the creative process of packaging said baked goods — and, nothing does it better than a cookie box!
Cookie boxes have been around for a long time, including old-fashioned tin boxes, cardboard bakery boxes, holiday-themed boxes, and basically any container you can get your hands on.
But, have you ever assembled a cookie box that contains separate compartments for cookies and other treats? They’re so easy and fun to put together, and the presentation can be quite spectacular. You just have to check Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration!
Here are my tips for assembling a stunning cookie box:
- have a theme. It’s so much easier to know how to compartmentalize and what to include when you start with a theme
- keep a large shoe box or other large shipping box on hand for special occasions. You can even use in-season packaging, like a wooden clementine crate, or an old cookie tin to which you add compartments or smaller boxes
- wrap a plain box with kraft or wrapping paper. You can also paint a wooden box, or use a deep dish baking pan. If the plain box is sturdy and elegant, like the one I used here, then there’s no need to adorn it
- collect smaller boxes and containers from around the house, such as: cardboard jewelry boxes, tins, jars, old drinking glasses, bowls, etc
- choose boxes that are different shapes and sizes
- use tissue paper to add color and height to the box and treats
- wrap cookies in bakar’s string or place in clear cello bags
- use a combination of store-bought and homemade goodies, as well as in-season fruits
- if you’re transporting or shipping the box, make sure you have a lid or safe way to cover the cookies
- wrap with twine for a rustic look, or use ribbons
Yesterday I assembled this cookie box for a New Year’s Eve party at our friends’ house.
Here’s How To Assemble A New Year’s Cookie box:
- make or buy cookies with the new year number piped on
- add sprinkles on top of plain Matzoh Crunch (blog post and recipe here), to make this easy dessert look extra special
- include clementines because, after all of the holiday eating, fruits are always a welcome option
- purchase gold covered chocolates or allergen-free products to provide an option for chocolate lovers and to accommodate food allergies
- include some holiday baking such as chocolate chip shortbread and chocolate shortbread, to give the box a festive tone
So, have you ever put together a cookie box? I’d love to hear the different ways you’ve assembled a cookie box.
Happy New Year!