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Cookie Party Favors

Updated on March 10, 2014

Favors are an important part of any party, but once you are past the age of five, do you really need bubbles, pencils, or cheap plastic toys?

You want to offer your guests a little gift to thank them for coming to your party, but you also want to give something they will enjoy.

The ideal answer: cookies, of course! You cannot go wrong with cookie party favors. Whether you are throwing a birthday party for kids or a wedding shower, these sweet treats are always a perfect touch.

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To Buy or To Make?

You can buy premade cookie favors, but you will achieve more personal – and tasty – results when you make your own. The first step is to decide which flavor you want and then find a recipe that you like. Chocolate chip cookies are the most popular, but the most versatile in terms of decorating are sugar cookies.

No-Chill Sugar Cookies

Try this recipe for no-chill sugar cookies from


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 400˚ F. You can also prepare your cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper, which makes it easier to remove the cookies after baking.
  2. Cream butter with sugar until light.
  3. Beat in your egg and the vanilla.
  4. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the butter mixture to the dry ingredients 1 cup at time, mixing each time.
  6. Divide dough into two balls. Lightly flour your work surface and roll each ball into a large circle.
  7. Dip your cookie cutters in flour and cut out the cookies. You can choose cookie cutters that complement your party’s theme.
  8. Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until lightly browned.


Let Guests Decorate

The “no-chill” recipe eliminates the need to refrigerate the dough for an hour or more so you can start cutting and cooking right away. Now, there are a few different ways to make sugar cookies into fabulous favors.

One is to store the cookies and leave them plain. You can then have your guests decorate their own cookies at the party. This is a good activity for kids’ birthday parties – or for friends with a sweet tooth.

Secure toppings like sprinkles, luster dust, candy bits, toffee, and other treats with royal icing (keep unused icing covered with a damp towel) or ready-to-decorate icings (these come with the decorating tip).


Decorate The Cookies Yourself

Your other option is to decorate the cookies yourself, which is a great choice if you want to go with a specific theme, want a polished look, or don’t want a big sticky mess to clean up after your party!

Use cookie cutters to cut out appropriate shapes for your party. You could make heart-shaped cookies for a wedding shower favors, for example. There are theme cookie cutters available online (including baby shower shapes). You can then “flood” the cookie with royal icing and create unique, personalized favors. Use luster dust, glitter icing, sprinkles, candies, and edible paint (so you can write names or dates). You can find endless examples online by doing a quick image search. You will find more than enough inspiration.

Creative Designs

A nice touch is to make a cookie flower bouquet. Use the no-chill recipe above. When you roll your dough, roll it thicker than normal. Insert a lollipop stick into the cookie and bake. Decorate, and voila, you have a cute favor.

photo credit: pillowhead designs via photo pin cc


Keeping Cookies Fresh

To keep your cookies fresh so your guests can enjoy their treats at home, make sure to wrap them well.

You can wrap them in plastic wrap and then put them into a small treat bag, box, or tin, or you can pick up a package of cellophane bags and tie them with piece of ribbon.

Cookie party favors are a perfect idea, no matter what the occasion and who the recipient. Make your next get-together even more special with these homemade treats.



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    • divacratus profile image

      Kalpana Iyer 

      5 years ago from India

      Nice ideas! I especially like the cookie flowers idea. It really looks cute. Voted up.

    • Nicole S profile image

      Nicole S Hanson 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Awesome ideas! What a great way to give guests something practical and affordable.

    • janices7 profile image

      Janice S 

      5 years ago

      Cookies make great party favors for just about any event. Great tips!

    • Julie DeNeen profile image

      Blurter of Indiscretions 

      5 years ago from Clinton CT I'm hungry...but you know what? I like your image at the bottom. That was clever. HP doesn't care if you do that? If so, I like it :)

    • Stephanie Henkel profile image

      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      Cute ideas for cookie party favors! I love the lollypop idea!

    • whalefeather2 profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice ideas. Thanks for sharing.


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