by Joanne Hii

I always enjoy making baked goods and gift-wrapping them myself as holiday gifts and favours to my family and friends, especially shopping for wrapping papers and ribbons with different colours and patterns. DIY cookie gift-wrapping is one of my favourites as cookies are easy and quick to prepare. There are also many fun and creative ways for cookies gift-wrapping! Here are some simple, quick and cute gift-wrapping options.

DIY cookie gift packaging 1

Candy-look Gift-wrapping

  1. Wrap round cookies with a small sheet of clear cellophane. Tie both ends of the cellophane with gift-wrapping wire or sticky tape (Please note: size of cellophane sheet depends on the amount of cookies used).
  2. Cut a rectangular strip from a piece of paper/card with a pair of scissors and roll it around the wrapped cookies and secure it with a piece of sticky tape.
  3. Use a piece of soft wrapping paper, fabric or coloured gift-wrapping tissue paper, roll it over the wrapped cookies. Seal the end with a piece of double-sided tape. Secure both ends with ribbons (of any type and colour).

Option: Decorate it with paper flowers (I bought them from a local art and craft store). Have fun and play with your creativity and personalise your gifts – with ribbon and bow colour matching to your party theme, pearl string, tag with personalised message, sticker or any creative choices of your own!

DIY cookie gift pacakging 2Petit Jar Gift-wrapping

  1. Insert and arrange your cookies into a clear jar. (Gift and favour jars are available in many kitchenware stores or ordered online)
  2. Make your own jar label – Draw a circle on a piece of paper, roughly 2″ in diameter.
  3. Cut out the circle drawn with a pair of scissors and use a small hole punch to make a hole on it.
  4. Thread ribbon through the hole.
  5. Measure and cut the ribbon at length that best fits your jar. Stick a small piece of double-sided tape on both ends of the ribbon.
  6. Write your personalised message and make decorations on the label. Stick ribbon around the jar.

DIY cookie gift packaging 3

Paper Gift-wrapping

  1. Place cookies into a cellophane gift bags to avoid getting any oil spots on the pretty wrapping paper.
  2. Fold the open end half-way down and stick it with a piece of sticky tape.
  3. Cut a piece of wrapping paper into square and fold the four corners into the centre, making four folded triangles.
  4. Place wrapped cookies into the centre of the wrapping paper.
  5. Fold down the “bottom” piece of triangle and secure lightly with a piece of sticky tape.
  6. Fold down two opposite sides of triangles and secure with sticky tape.
  7. Stick down the last side of triangle on top.

Option: To decorate further – stick down a bow with a piece of double-sided tape, or use your personalised party sticker or any other decorations.

To make your own delicious cookie gifts for your families or guests as party/holiday favours, of course it is important to have some delicious handmade cookies inside all the gorgeous gift-wrapping. So here’s the recipes for Earl Grey cookies Potato biscuits:

Ingredients – Earl Grey Cookies (Portions: 30 pieces)

  • Earl Grey tea leaves, grounded 5g
  • Unsalted butter 140g
  • Caster sugar 70g
  • Egg yolk 1
  • Plain flour, sifted 185g

Method

  1. Using an electric hand-held mixer, cream unsalted butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolk and lightly mix together.
  3. Add grounded Earl Grey tea leaves and sifted plain flour. Mix at low speed until well-combined.
  4. Roll the dough into a long cylinder, wrap with baking paper and freeze for at least an hour.
  5. Take it out the freezer and leave it at room temperature for 5 minutes. Slice round pieces, 8mm thickness, with a sharp knife and place them on a baking sheet. Bake at 180ºC for approximately 10-12 minutes.

Ingredients – Potato Biscuits (Portions: 20 pieces)

  • Potatoes, mashed 130g
  • Plain flour, sifted 160g
  • Salt 1tsp
  • Caster sugar 20g
  • Vegetable oil 45g
  • Dried herbs 2 tsps

Method

  1. Prepare mash potatoes – peel skin and cut potatoes into smaller cubes. Put potatoes in a pot of water and cook over stove until potatoes are soft. Drain well. Using a masher, gently press onto cooked potatoes.
  2. Place sifted plain flour, salt and caster sugar in a bowl. Add vegetable oil into dry ingredients and stir well with a spatula.
  3. Add potato mash in and mix well.
  4. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin into 5mm thickness. Cut out with scalloped-round cookie cutter and place them on a baking sheet. Dock them with a fork (to let the steam escape so they do not puff up in the oven).
  5. Sprinkle some dried herbs over the cookie dough. Bake at 170ºC for approximately 20 minutes.

Test out your creativity and share your beautiful and delicious cookie gifts with your family and friends this coming holiday season or on your next party!

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