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Create Your Own Cookie Basket
Everyone Loves Cookies!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for someone special?
Whether it is a friend or child at college, slaving away during exams or a coworker who is on maternity leave, a cookie basket is a wonderful, and delicious, choice.
You can buy a basket full of baked treats, but why not create your own?
The cookies will be ultra-fresh and made with love – and they will cost you a fraction of the price of a pre-made, commercial basket.
Which type of cookie is your most favorite to eat?
A basket with two dozen cookies can cost quite a bit, but you can make your own for only a few dollars per dozen. The savings are terrific, of course, but another benefit is that you can create cookies you know your recipient will love.
You can customize them, arrange them yourself, and deliver them with a smile. The first step is deciding which type of cookies to put into your gift basket. Some of the most popular cookies are:
- Chocolate chip
- Peanut butter
- Oatmeal raisin
- White chocolate/macadamia nut
If you know your recipient has a clear favorite, feel free to stock the basket with a heavy dose of that particular type. A selection, though, is always nice, especially if the basket is to be shared.
Choosing a Container
Next, think about the container you want to use. Wicker baskets are a great choice, and they can easily be found at home and discount stores. But you can also use cookie jars or even a baking pan. A fun alternative to the basket is to give your recipient bar cookies in the pan, accompanied by a whisk or wooden spoon. Write or print the recipe on a card and wrap the entire package in cellophane.
Buy Containers Online
If you are hand-delivering your cookie basket, you can bake a day or so ahead of time.
Line a basket with colorful tissue paper or plain waxed paper to make it pretty, and to avoid cookies sticking to the bottom.
You can also add shredded paper to fill out the basket. When the cookies are completely cool, arrange them in any way you choose.
If you have different varieties, you can arrange them by type or mix them up.
Have you shipped cookies before?
Mailing Your Basket
If you are mailing your basket, it is a good idea to individually wrap your cookies. You can do this with foil or plastic wrap, and you can also find cute individual bags online for a smooth, professional look. You can also place a piece of bubble wrap on the bottom of your basket and then lay down a sheet of parchment paper or cellophane. Arrange cookies layer by layer, putting a sheet of parchment paper between each layer. Make sure the cookies fit snugly but are not over-packed. Tuck the cellophane over the top, cover with another piece of bubble wrap, and seal up your container.
Make a Cookie Bouquet
A great variation on the cookie basket is a cookie bouquet. Who can resist such a delicious arrangement? To make a bouquet, roll and cut your cookies a bit thicker than usual to allow room for the lollipop stick. Before you bake, insert a lollipop stick into each cookie. Bake as usual and decorate when cookies are completely cool. This is a great opportunity to let your creative side out by using glitter, luster dust, or edible paints and markers. When the cookies are completely dry, wrap them in individual bags or cellophane.
When you are ready, put a piece of floral foam or Styrofoam on the bottom of your basket (a flower pot, galvanized steel bucket, or giant coffee cup are also good choices), and arrange your cookie flower bouquet. Put shredded paper, raffia, or crumpled tissue paper on the bottom of the container to cover the floral foam.
Send Some Yum
Cookies make the perfect gift for virtually any recipient on virtually any occasion. You can be assured your gift will be appreciated and enjoyed – and remembered long after the last cookie is eaten.
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