Give the Fixings for Fun Cookies!

November 11th, 2010 by Beth Somers

A lot of “… in a Jar” recipes spring up around the holidays. Quick breads, cupcakes, and exotically flavored hot chocolates have all been divided into wet and dry ingredients, layered prettily into glass jars, and gifted with a small recipe card. I thought it would be fun to brainstorm cookie ideas around this idea, except instead of spooning dry ingredients into jars, I’d pour into fun and festive holiday treat bags for gifting. Each recipe includes a downloadable recipe card to be included with the dry ingredient pouch, as well as ideas for clever tools that elevate these cookies into gifts that any baker would be happy to receive.

Go the traditional route with Roll-Out Butter Cookies. Cut into all kinds of holiday shapes and decorate to your heart’s desire. Just remember to leave a few for Santa on Christmas Eve!

Roll-Out Butter Cookies in a Treat Bag

Fluffy Coconut Macaroons are perfect for Hanukah (but delicious no matter what time of year) because they don’t contain flour.

Fluffy Coconut Macaroons

Ginger Spice Cookies are the sassy sister of Grandma’s Gingerbread. The addition of cardamom, white pepper, and crystallized ginger will make you crave these unusual and highly addictive sweets, with a chewy center and crisp edge.

Put a little holiday color on your cookie plates with Cornmeal Christmas Cookies. They’re dotted with dried cranberries and pistachios, reflecting the red and green themes of the season, and the cornmeal creates the most buttery crunch. One of my favorites!

Cornmeal Christmas Cookies in a Treat Bag

Chocolate mint combinations remind me of blustery winter days. Bake a batch of Cocoa Mint Brownies, a perfect post-sledding snack with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate.

Cocoa Mint Brownies in a Treat Bag

Be sure to visit our recipes page for other taste-tempting ideas!

Beth Somers Beth Somers is the Senior Test Kitchen Manager and has taught at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art in Darien, IL. As a competitor on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars, she shined as a champion during season 6. Before joining Wilton, Beth honed her pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Chicago. Beth loves showing people how fun and easy it can be to bake and decorate amazing sweet treats with Wilton products.

13 Replies

  1. rossy says:

    IM FROM MEXICO AND I REALLY LIKE YOUR
    RECIPIES AND IDEAS THANKS VERY MUCH
    THEY REALLY ARE HELPFUL FOR MY.=)

  2. MArgarita says:

    Me encantan tus recetas, estan deliciosas ya voy a poner en practica un poco mas para que salgan lo mas perfecto y delicioso que sea.

  3. oby says:

    im a new person in this industry and i have just completed ur 1st and 2nd courses on cake decoration. im really interested in learning more in baking using ur wilton recipes. thnk u

  4. rosario says:

    he usado sus productos, tomado cursos y me gusta hacer pasteles y galletas, realmente es beneficioso esta pagina.
    los felicito y voy a volver a practicar sus recetas.
    rosario

  5. Renee says:

    I love baking so much. Love gifts in a jar for gifts. My family (sister inlaw) said she would rather me bake it for her tho. lol These would be cheaper than doing the jars. Thanks for the great ideas. Keep them coming.

  6. Cheryl says:

    Sorry to break this to you, but It’s the holiday of Passover, when we don’t use flour.

    • Beth Somers says:

      Thanks for correcting me Cheryl! You’re absolutely right about Passover – I had a momentary brain fail! I hope you’ll try the macaroons anyway. They’re one of my all time favorite cookies. Happy holidays!

  7. Maria says:

    I’m having trouble with the cookie press, it doesn’t last much. the last one I’ve tried is the Cookie Press Pro II, is there another one that I could use that lasts longer. I make cookies for my kids and twice a year to sell (40 lbs) each time, and they last for one of these times and then they get broken by the handle. Could you advice me on that.
    thanks

    • Beth Somers says:

      Are you using Wilton spritz cookie recipes in the cookie presses? Make sure that your dough is completely to room temperature before filling the press. If it is too cold, it’s very difficult to get through the press, and causes a lot of distress on the mechanism. If your handle is breaking, it sounds like the dough might be too stiff or too cold, and you’re having to press too hard on the handle to press it through. Try this recipe next time – it’s really tasty and versatile!

      http://www.wilton.com/cookies/making-cookies/spritz-cookies.cfm

  8. ANGELA ORTEGA says:

    GRACIAS POR ENVIARME IDEAS TAN BONITAS Y NOVEDOSAS.
    ME GUSTARIA QUE LAS ENVIARAN EN ESPAÑOL (SPANISH) PLEASE.

    TAMBIEN QUE LOS VIDEOS FUERAN MAS EXPLICATIVOS Y FILMADOS DE MAS CERCA PARA VER BIEN LOS DETALLES DE LA DECORACION.

    THANK YOU

    FROM C H I L E.

    SRA. ÀNGELA ORTEGA C.

  9. MABEL DIAZ says:

    ME GUSTA HACER COSAS NOVEDOSAS Y UTILIZO SUS PRODUCTOS PERO ME GUSTARIA MUCHO QUE LAS RECETAS Y CONSEJOS LOS MANDARAN EN ESPAÑOL.
    GRACIAS Y FELICITACIONES POR REALIZAR COSAS TAN NOVEDOSAS Y DELICIOSAS.

  10. Ainhoa Legardon says:

    Hello,

    I am really interested in taking baking and cake decoration lessons or courses, do you have any on line? I live in Los Cabos, México, Is there anybody over here who could help me out?
    Thanks in advance.

    Ainhoa

  11. Etsy E. Españó A. says:

    Etsy E. Españó A.
    18 Noviembre de 2010, 9:45 A.M.
    HOLA BETH
    Me encanta hacer galletas, dulces decorados, cup cake y dulces fríos.
    Le agradezco que me envíen diferentes diseños para estas fiestas Navideñas.
    Muchas Gracias,
    de Panamá
    Lic. Etsy E. Españó A.

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