Wednesday, December 2, 2020

How to Make A Christmas Cookie Gift Set...Without Baking

How to Make A Christmas Cookie Gift Set...Without Baking

When you think of Cookies at Christmas, what comes to mind? Probably a few good recipes and some great memories. What about a great Christmas cookie cookbook? A beautiful children's picture book? A Christmas apron or a cookie jar or a plate or even a coffee mug? That's what you'll find on this page. No recipe, just my tribute to the yummy Christmas cookie and a host of ideas for you to use to create a cookie themed gift set with no baking required though obviously fresh cookies would be a fabulous addition to any cookie gift set.

A COOKIE COOKBOOK


Rose's Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum

ROSE'S CHRISTMAS COOKIES


Let's start with this beautiful cookie cookbook by Rose Levy Beranbaum who is famous for her many beautiful baking books. Almost too beautiful to use, this one would make a very impressive Christmas gift for anyone who loves to bake. Find your copy of Rose's Christmas Cookies on Amazon by clicking here.

OUR CHRISTMAS COOKIES


One year I did the unthinkable. I didn't make our traditional Christmas cookies. My sister-in-law visited and she baked and that meant we had plenty of sweet treats in the freezer. I simply did not need to bake and so I didn't. I thought nothing of it and no one said anything, until a few months later when one of my sons referred to the Christmas when they didn't have any of their favorite Christmas cookies. I felt so bad and I will not be repeating that faux pas ever again though this Christmas, Christmas 2020, the year when we cannot have people drop by to say hello, I will definitely be cutting back since there are only two of us to eat cookies.

With the exception of that well-remembered year when I did not make any cookies, we normally have three kinds of cookies on hand at Christmas: the best-ever ginger crinkles, the best ever M&M cookies with Christmas colored M&Ms and the best-ever brownie bites. They're all easy, they're all yummy and they all freeze beautifully. Best of all, they offer a nice variety and when I put a plate of cookies out and I am fairly comfortable that I can please not only my family but anyone who drops in during the holidays.

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This best-ever M&M cookie recipe makes irresistible cookies. Don't bake them unless you are prepared to eat them until they are all gone. 

A CHILDREN'S COOKIE BOOK




Paul Galdone's The Gingerbread Boy

Here are three great cookie-themed picture books for children. The first is not actually a Christmas story as The Gingerbread Boy makes his break for freedom in a season that definitely is not winter at least in my part of the world. Paul Galdone's version shown here is one of the classic versions and was my family's favorite. Featuring a barnyard full of critters and one foxy fox, the gingerbread man is unfortunately and as always undone in the end. You can find my complete book review of The Gingerbread Boy here or read more about the book on Amazon by clicking right here.

Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The second book, Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, introduces your young child to new vocabulary words like 'tradition' and 'celebrate' in the context of good manners in certain social situations. It is a beautiful combination of wisdom and artistry. You can read my review of Christmas Cookies: Bite Size Holiday Lessons here or you can read more about it on Amazon by clicking here.

If You Take A Mouse To The Movies by Laura Numeroff

The third and final book, If You Take A Mouse To The Movies, is a special Christmas edition featuring that cookie-loving mouse that was created by Laura Numeroff in If You Give A Mouse A Cookie. The Christmas version has all sorts of extras including a CD and recipes. You can read my review If You Take A Mouse To The Movies here or you can buy it on eBay by clicking here. At the time of writing this post, I was unable to find it on Amazon.

A COOKIE APRON


Christmas Cookie Baking Team apron

An apron is such a practical and affordable gift idea. If you or someone you know spends a lot of time in the kitchen at Christmastime, you (or they) should definitely own a Christmas apron and there are so many great ones available. I love this Christmas Cookie Baking Team apron from Etsy and the fact that it can be personalized for all of the members of your baking team.  You can find it on Etsy by clicking right here.

A CHRISTMAS COOKIE JAR


A Christmas Cookie Cookie Jar

Nothing could be more fun than a cookie jar especially when it is full of cookies. I found this beautiful but simple glass cookie jar on Amazon. I love the idea that it will hold your Christmas treats and, when they are gone, go in your dishwasher for easy clean-up. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here. Gift it empty or even full of your favorite Christmas cookies.

A COOKIE PLATE


Waechtersbach Santa's cookies plate

This Waechtersbach Santa's cookies plate is perfect for leaving cookies out for Santa or simply serving cookies throughout the month of December. It would make a fine tradition for any family.  We love using the same plate every year. To find this plate and a few other Christmas-cookie themed ones, look to eBay  by clicking right here.

A COOKIE MUG


Disney's Mickey Mouse Cookie Coffee Mug

Yes, there's such a thing as a cookie mug and I don't mean a mug with the image of a cookie on it but rather a mug that has a pocket for holding your cookie. This is a fun one featuring Disney's Mickey Mouse and promising to deliver holiday cheer. Find it on Amazon by clicking here.

A COOKIE BAKING SET

Fun for Christmas or anytime of the year for someone who loves to bake cookies!


Finally, I will close with this fun child-sized baking set, which you can find on Amazon by clicking here. Whether you offer it on its own or team it up with some of the other great gift ideas on this page, the choice is yours. Maybe you could create a set for the family with this set for the children.

So how about it? Is there something sweet in this batch for you? Are you a smart cookie who likes to assemble gift sets cookie themed or otherwise?  

Life is
what you bake of it!
Brenda, Treasures By Brenda

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12 comments:

  1. Brenda, all these gift ideas are so good, it's hard to choose a favorite! Baking - and eating - Christmas cookies is a beloved holiday tradition for many of us. Rose Levy Berenbaum is one of my baking idols, and I own several of her wonderful cookbooks, including Rose's Christmas Cookies. The Christmas Cookie Baking Team apron would have delighted me when I was younger and baking holiday treats with my mom and sister. And those kids' books look fabulous. Anyone who celebrates and doesn't already own a special cookie jar would likely be delighted to receive one as a gift. Thanks for so many great gift suggestions!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Margaret. I hope that some people will enjoy the Christmas cookie themed gift ideas.

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  2. Brenda, this is a delightful review of Christmas cookies and everything related! And, your article is perfectly timed because this Friday, December 4th, is National Cookie Day!

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    1. Thanks, Elf for your kind comment and your eagle eye in finding my problem with eating cookies. I had no idea Friday was National Cookie Day.

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  3. Oh these are all such wonderful ideas Brenda. I love the baking set and I'm sure that my grandchildren would love it too. Thanks for all these wonderful ways to make Christmas extra special.

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    1. You are welcome, Olivia. I hope you get to see your grandchildren this year in some way that is safe.

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  4. What a wonderful gift basket idea! I love the cookie jar you found. It has a nostalgic look that really appeals to me. Of course, I would NEED the "Mouse to the Movies" book. I tend to collect mouse books for children which probably doesn't surprise you. That cookie baking set is totally awesome! I'm not the Christmas cookie chef in our family, but I'm sure all of the above would work well with my Christmas candy too. Although, the jar does make me want to bake cookies just for it! I really do love the idea of making a cookie gift set.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia. I love the jar, too. It is simply perfect and you know, you can BUY cookies to fill it with.

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  5. Oh I love these gift ideas! I especially like the Christmas Mug, the Apron, the cookie jar....!! Suffice to say these are all excellent ideas and I can see how they would work both individually as gifts or a few together in a gift basket. I also have to say your cookies sound so delicious!

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    1. I agree with you about some of the fantastic cookie-themed gift ideas that are available and if I can say so myself, my cookies are delicious, LOL.

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  6. I love this idea! A cookie gift set without cooking - what a terrific collection of ideas to feature in a basket. The cookie baking book, mugs, and apron - love this!

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  7. Thanks, Barbara. I agree - a cookie set without any baking required - though if you were a baker you could add some homemade cookies and no one'd complain!

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