Have you been wanting to create a Christmas Cookie Box but feel overwhelmed at the thought? Well have no fear, I will guide you through the very fun process of how to make a Christmas Cookie Box as well as share the recipes I used in this one. Oh, and I'm including my famous and highly beloved white chocolate peppermint bark recipe!
This post was originally published December 2020 and was updated on November 25, 2023 with a bit of new body text and recipe suggestions/links.
Recipes Featured in This Cookie Box
First thing's first, you have to decide on your cookie and treat varieties. I like to do at least 6 types - but don't stress - a few of the options can be no-bake or even store-bought candies. You want to have some little treats for filling in the cracks to make it look full, abundant, and enticing!
Grammy's Chocolate Cookies - Martha Stewart
Five Spice Snickerdoodles - Displaced Housewife
French Meringues - The Kitchn
White Chocolate Peppermint Bark - recipe below!
Pecan Snowballs - Ash Cuoco
Classic Molasses Ginger Cookies - Displaced Housewife (recipe from The Cookie Book)
To me, these hit all of my must-have Christmas cookie tastes and textures. But that's the great and FUN thing about making a Christmas cookie box; You have full creative authority! Choose your favorite cookies and treats - the special recipes that you wait all year to make - and have fun with it. I'll link a few more recipes at the bottom of this post that I think would be great additions.
Different sizes, textures, and flavors
When it comes to a Christmas Cookie Box, I like to add something classic, spiced, fruity, chocolatey - a variety of flavors. This box has something for everyone. I chose to fill the chocolate cookies with a super simple American buttercream that I spiked with peppermint extract and then rolled in crushed candy canes for an extra-special and festive touch.
One of my favorite things to do is use the same cookie recipe but make two different sizes just for some visual interest. You can see this with the peanut butter oatmeal cookies. It's super simple to make two sizes of almost any cookie dough. Just decrease the baking time by a few minutes.
I like to include some candy-like treats in a Christmas cookie box, like the peppermint bark and meringues. These are perfect for filling in cracks and just making everything pop. Not to mention they are super simple and perfect make-aheads (or feel free to use store-bought! You will get NO judgment from me!)
Bringing it all together
Finally, arrange the cookies in a large box - you don't need anything fancy. This was a box used to wrap a sweater in I think! Just put down some pretty tissue paper and a little wax or parchment paper. Then I like to alternate some cookies on their sides and some in stacks. I just love the way it looks to see the sides and the tops - especially those crackled molasses cookies. They just SCREAM Christmas to me and remind me so much of my grandma.
And last, but definitely not least, add a festive touch by using a few small ornaments and some ribbon or twine. Even if you are just making this for yourself for a Holiday at home, make it special - you deserve it. After all, this little touch is what makes it a Christmas Cookie Box!
A few more recipes I think would be great for a Christmas Cookie Box
And I can't post about a cookie box without sharing these two cookie queens! My friend Sam at Frosting and Fettuccine and my friend Becky at Displaced Housewife both have created such beautiful cookie boxes and I've linked to them below. They really show how no two cookie boxes are alike. Check out their blogs and their amazing cookie recipes too!
How do you package homemade christmas cookies?
To package cookies for shipping, you want to place each individual variety in a stack and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. If they are sticky, place small pieces of parchment between each one.
Make sure to place anything with a strong flavor like peppermint or peanut butter in a double layer and then inside a plastic bag to prevent the entire cookie box from taking on those flavors.
Use plenty of tissue paper and shredded paper to fill in all the cracks and prevent the cookies from moving around during shipping.
Check out my friend Amanda at Midwest Nice Blog and her post on How to Mail Homemade Cookies.
Well, those are my Christmas Cookie Box tips - grab my famous peppermint bark recipe below! I would LOVE if you'd share a photo of your cookie boxes with me. Tag me on Instagram @wild.thistle.kitchen so I can see! And make sure to save this to your Christmas Pinterest board!
More Cookie Recipes
To make a cookie box, choose a gift box (such as a garment box) or a box made specifically for cookies with small compartments for each variety. Decide on your cookie varieties, bake them, and allow to cool completely. Place tissue paper in each compartment and nestle the cookies in in a pretty pattern. Place the top on and give to a lucky recipient!
Place parchment or wax paper in the bottom of cookie box followed by seasonal tissue paper.
If you are not shipping the cookies, you can separate them with parchment liners, cupcake liners, or cardboard and/or craft wood that you cut yourself. If shipping be sure to wrap the cookies in plastic and use plenty of tissue paper and/or shredded paper to prevent them from moving during shipment.