It does seem a little early to be discussing packaging and the how-to’s of wrapping your cookies for gift-giving. But, I like to share this information in the summer. This way, as you are out shopping you can keep an eye open for tins, boxes and baskets on sale that you can store away and use when gift giving season rolls around. Funny thing, the holidays come exactly the same time every year yet we are some how ‘surpised‘ to see how fast they arrive. Nothing is worse than making some beautiful cookies and having nothing to deliver them in. I shop/buy year round for unusual containers, tins of all kinds, pretty boxes and totes to place my cookies in. Even the most humble homemade treats look fabulous in a lovely tin or little hat box. It’s like getting two gifts. #1, the cookies or treats you made and #2, the tin or container they arrive in. Many people re-use the containers to store items or pass it on to a friend.
Keeping the cookies fresh is really important. I always package cookies in airtight containers. Because home bakers do not use any type of preservatives, most cookies will last 4 to 7 days without loosing quality. After this, most cookies or baked goods start to dry out or become stale. The exception are highly spiced cookies like my gingerbread cookies. These cookies will last several weeks if kept in an airtight container.
It is important to keep crisp cookies together and soft cookies, (like chocolate chip cookies) in a different container. Do not mix the two types of cookies. The crisp cookies will absorb moisture from the soft cookies making both cookies taste less than perfect. If I am going to ship two different types of cookies together, I’ll place each type of cookie in different air tight containers. Then place the two types in the same box and ship it off. I know the cookies will taste great when they arrive. It is fine to place your cookies in large zip-lock type bags. Squeeze as much air out of the bag as you can before you seal it. I like to wrap decorated cookies in their own little cellophane bags and hand tie the bags with a pretty ribbon. This way, each cookie looks like a little “gift“. You can purchase these bags at party stores and hobby stores.