7 Cookie Packaging Ideas

These cookie packages are as sweet and thoughtful as the baked goods they hold.

Whether you’re handing out favors at a party, thanking a gracious hostess or surprising a kindhearted co-worker, a fresh-baked batch of cookies is all you need.

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Go one step further and create a lasting impression with one of these unique cookie packaging ideas.

1. Kitchen textiles

For a gift that keeps on giving, wrap baked goods in tea towels, dish towels or cloth napkins. Start by putting the goodies in a resealable plastic bag, and then place the bag in the center of your textile. Gather the corners at the top and tie them into a decorative knot.

2. Repurposed containers

Turn an empty potato chips can into a customized cookie canister! Gently wipe the interior and exterior clean with a barely-damp cloth, and then beautify the tube with contact paper, decorative tape or wide ribbon (adhere with double-sided tape). Line with tissue paper, and then fill with small and sturdy cookies like biscotti.

3. Mason jar

This idea will give your goodies a fun, folksy feel. Layer sweets in a mason jar and seal. Wrap the neck with natural fibers like raffia or twine, and finish with a handmade gift tag. This homespun treatment works wonderfully with shortbreads.

Tip: Make your own gift tags from brown paper bags. Trace a cookie cutter onto the paper and cut it out. Punch a hole near an edge and secure to gift with ribbon, or use double-sided tape to turn it into a sticker tag.

4. Paper cones

Bring back a tradition from the Victorian era by filling decorative paper cones with petite sweets like dainty drop cookies. Give friends and family tissue paper-lined, cookie-filled cones as a party favor, or surprise overnight guests by hanging full cones on their doorknobs.

5. Clear cellophane

Instead of hiding hand-decorated sugar cookies and other colorful confections, why not show them off? Buy a roll of clear cellophane, wrap a piece around each cookie, twist the ends, and then tie with ribbons (the final look resembles a wrapped hard candy).

6. Basic box

Even a plain store-bought box can be spruced up in special ways. Line the box with tissue paper, and then add your sweets. Adorn the box with a beautiful bow made from colorful ribbon. Our favorite color combination? A plain brown box wrapped in bold gold or sparkling silver ribbon.

7. Handcrafted envelopes

For your next get-together, slide single cookies into brown lunch bags, fold over the tops, trim with scallop-edger scissors and seal. Finish the look with decorative trim (try doilies) and homemade tags. Or place one cookie in the center of an 8-by-8-inch square of tissue or wax paper, fold in the sides so the points meet at the center, and then repeat for the top and bottom. Secure the flaps with a festive or monogrammed sticker.

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