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Housewarming Cookie Gift Ideas

Updated on March 9, 2014

The Smell of Home

Moving into a new home is an exciting event, but it can also be very stressful.

Not only do you have to worry about the details of moving all your belongings and filling out changes of address, you wonder if your new neighbors will be nice or if your children will like the area.

One of the best ways to put everyone at ease is with a fresh, homemade treat. Whether you are welcoming new neighbors or you are congratulating friends and family on a new home, housewarming cookies are sure to be appreciated.

Now of course there are many different ways you could give these tasty housewarming gifts, but presentation is everything! Here are some creative ideas to get you started.

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Home is Where the Cookies Are

Make a quick trip to your local craft/kitchen store or look online to find house-shaped cookie cutters. These are very inexpensive, and you can use them again and again for other housewarmings or even a quick, easy gingerbread house for the holidays.

Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe and stamp out your shapes. When the cookies have been baked and cooled, decorate them with candy bits, sprinkles, colored sugars, icing, or edible markers. For an extra-special touch, decorate the house to look like the recipient’s home.

If the housewarming gift is for a brand new homeowner, another great idea is to buy a set of tool-shaped cookie cutters for all those home repairs they will start taking on!


Housewarming Bouquet

A traditional gift for a housewarming is a bouquet of flowers or perhaps a new houseplant. Instead, why not give a bouquet of cookies? These will be just as beautiful and a whole lot more delicious. Buy or make sugar cookie dough and roll it thick; cut your shapes (they can be flowers, but they certainly don’t have to be), insert skewers or craft sticks into the bottoms and bake. When your cookies have cooled, decorate them with any of the supplies mentioned above.

Put a Styrofoam ball, florist foam, or play-dough into a flower pot or galvanized steel bucket. Insert the skewers into the foam or dough and arrange your housewarming cookie bouquet, covering the foam with tissue paper or shredded paper. If the cookies are not going to be eaten immediately (as at a party), wrap each one with cellophane and a ribbon.


Break in the Kitchen

As a twist of housewarming cookie gifts, why not a cookie-baking kit so they can make their own treats whenever they like? Here is a recipe for chocolate chip cookies in a jar from Nestle:

You’ll need:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 quart glass canning jar.

To make:

1. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

2. Put the flour mixture into the canning jar. You’ll likely get flour dust on the sides of the jar, so simply wipe it away with a dry paper towel.

3. Layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed above. Make sure to press each layer firmly before adding another layer.

4. Seal jar and decorate with a fabric square and ribbon.

5. Attach a card with this recipe:

Preheat oven to 375˚. Beat ¾ cup of softened butter, 1 egg, and ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the cookie mix. Form cookies and place onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

You can go one step further and make it a gift basket with essentials like a cookie sheet (or baking pan, which could be used in place of the basket), rubber spatulas, measuring cups and spoons, and a fun cookie jar. This is a wonderful gift that can be used again and again.

How-To Video: Cookies in a Jar



Next time you are searching for the perfect housewarming gift, look no further than your kitchen cabinets.

With a few basic ingredients and some imagination, you can make something that any recipient will appreciate and enjoy!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      I agree, the home baked cookies are the best gift ideas as they really come from the heart. Thanks for sharing, Pink Chic!

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      Janice S 5 years ago

      Usually I give new neighbors cookies or a bottle of wine to welcome them to the neighborhood. Both have worked well for us over the years, but I think home-baked cookies are a bit more personal since you take the time to bake them. Great idea!