Christmas Cookie Gift Trays

Gift wrapped Cookie trays

    This is one of my favorite gift ideas, and one that we've done many times over the years. Some years have been quiet, with just my daughter Nicole and I getting together, while other years the whole family has been home to take part. No matter who is there, it's always a fun time of making memories.

A December baking day became a family tradition in our home many years ago. 

Mom and kids making cookies
  But much later, when Nicole was a teenager, she got a job making Christmas gift trays. She did such a beautiful job, we started making them at home to give as Christmas gifts. 
  A couple of weeks ago, Nicole and I decided to do some baking with the kids, so I figured I'd put on my Christmas socks to get in the mood.
Christmas socks

The kids had fun picking out their cookie cutters,

mixing up the cookie batter,

and cutting out their shapes.

  The cookies were so delicious, I only managed to get one picture before they were gobbled up! 

  This recipe is very easy, and makes a small batch, so it's perfect for baking with kids.

Here's the recipe:

Easy Sugar Cookies

1 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder

Mix ingredients to soft dough; not crumbly or sticky. Add more flour if necessary. Roll out on floured surface, 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies, place on cookie sheet, bake at 350, 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven before edges brown. Decorate or serve plain...they have a delicious shortbread flavour.

Now let's get on with making the cookie gift trays.

Materials Required:

  • Plastic plates and trays of various sizes
  • Ribbons, bows, gift tags
  • Scissors
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Heat Gun (good blow dryer might work)
  • Cookies, squares, fudge, peanut brittle....whatever you like!
  • Candy, Nuts are optional
Gift tray materials

assorted cookies for gift trays
A sampling of previous baking days.

assorted baking for cookie trays
And just a few more!

  • After the assorted cookies have cooled, place on plastic plates and trays. Nuts and candy may also be added.

  • Use heat gun to shrink          wrap the trays
  • Decorate with ribbons and      bows

  • Shrink wrapping cookie trays with heat gun

    Decorated Christmas cookie gift  trays
    Trays of different sizes; perfect for family, friends, coworkers, 
    and Sunday School teachers.

    Decorated Christmas cookie trays
    Finished trays, ready to be delivered.

    Video by Danica

      Does your family have any special Christmas traditions? I'd love to hear about them! To see more of ours, check out my entire Christmas Craft and Gift Series.


    Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

    I used to bake lots of cookies and take part in cookie exchanges when I worked, but now I just bake a couple of favourites.

    Deborah said...

    Yes, I've taken part in cookie exchanges through church in the past. It's a great way to get a nice assortment of cookies!

    Katharine Trauger said...

    My brother, bless his heart!, sends me an assortment sometimes, in the mail. Good old German cookies, hard as rocks, meant for dunking in coffee (kaffe?) and savored for the flavors of spices, citron, anise, etc., instead of super-high sugar content, and absolutely unbreakable in the mail, over 500 miles! :D It is a blessing, I must admit, to receive.

    Deborah said...

    Aw, well it's the thought that counts! Great to have a brother who cares. Thanks for stopping by.

    eileeninmd said...

    Hello, this is a yummy gift idea. Enjoy your day!

    Deborah said...

    Hi Eileen! Glad you stopped by!

    Terri Tiffany said...

    Oh wow you all are awesome to do that for so many! I can't believe the amount you made and the variety. I bet people were thrilled with their gift!