‘Tis the season for holiday celebrations and last-minute dashes to find a treat to share or gift to a special someone you forgot to add to your shopping list! Or a scramble to come up with a clever way to show your extended family, coworkers, teachers, neighbors and other important people in your life that you are thinking of them this holiday season… without busting your budget in the process!
I’m sharing our experience with and ideas for creating quick and easy Christmas Cookie gift ideas with Krusteaz Bakery Style Cookie Mixes as part of a sponsored post opportunity with Krusteaz. As always, all thoughts, opinions and love of holiday baking are that of Rural Mom.
As you may already know, I’m an avid baker and often whip up farm fresh recipes from scratch, but with the hustle and bustle of holiday overload, I don’t always have time for scratch baking. I also love to create a wide range of cookie flavors for the holidays and rather than having to shell out an exorbitant amount on oodles of special ingredients, I love the ease of having a mix to help me out. It’s important, though, that the mix I choose delivers a fresh, homemade taste with quality results. This is why I rely on Krusteaz to be my cookie helper during the holidays.
Some holiday favorite Krusteaz cookie mixes are:
- Krusteaz Bakery Style Butter Vanilla Sugar
- Krusteaz Bakery Style Gingerbread
- Krusteaz Bakery Style Snickerdoodle
- Krusteaz Bakery Style Oatmeal Scotchie
- Krusteaz Bakery Style Shortbread
My personal favorite is the Shortbread, which I find to rich, delicious and better than any other shortbread mix I’ve tried before. My sons, family and friends all love the Gingerbread cookies (they turn out so soft and delicious,) that’s it’s also a go-to mix for me.
The Krusteaz cookie mixes are all fabulous on their own merits, but adding a little extra flair or cute packaging details really elevates the cookies from “yum” to “wow!” when it comes to gift giving. One of my favorite tricks is to melt chocolate and drizzle it over freshly baked cookies. It instantly turns the cookie into a gourmet treat and makes it look like you spent hours in the kitchen… it’ll be our secret that we didn’t!
This year I opted to make gingerbread cookie drops and drizzle dark chocolate in a basic swirly criss-cross pattern. The result (as you can see from the pictures) looks great, but it also tastes divine! And the best part, you can complete these cookies from mix to finish in less than a half an hour.
It’s easy enough to create your favorite holiday classics like thumbprint cookies, too, with the aid Krusteaz. It’s as simple as using the Shortbread cookie mix and raspberry jam. Using my favorite baking hack of adding a bit of drizzle decoration on the cookie, add a powdered sugar frosting to create special holiday flair.
Once you have your cookie creations baked, you can use decorative bags, tins or plastic containers to portion them out for gift giving. If you are in a hurry, use a little bow and some ribbon to spruce the package up. If you have a little more time, consider making a more personalized statement with custom packaging. The boxes below (customized at Zazzle.com) are the perfect size to house about a half dozen medium-sized cookies and certainly make an impressive presentation! They are perfect for family gatherings, cookie exchanges, co-worker gifts or to have on hand for impromptu gifting. Use them for party favors, too, at your holiday celebrations. Everyone would love to take a few cookies home to enjoy after Christmas.
My favorite all-purpose container is a mason jar. I use them for everything, even Christmas cookie gift giving! Dressed up with a fun custom gift tag with a little twine or ribbon, they make a charming presentation. You can even purchase colored lids for mason jars now in colors like red, blue and purple to elevate your gift fashion to the next level. When your gift recipient is finished enjoying the cookies stacked inside, they can use the jar around their kitchen or home. It’s a delicious and practical gift all in one!
I hope you found a few Christmas cookie gift ideas here to help you save time and money this season!
Are you looking for more quick and easy ideas and recipes? Check out our other Krusteaz cookie posts: