Christmas Cookie Box

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours

This Christmas Cookie Box is a complete holiday cookie box guide with how to pack and ship treat boxes plus a holiday cookie recipes roundup!

From Gingerbread Cookies to Shortbread Cookies to Chocolate Cookies, a basket full of your family’s favorite Cookies is the perfect gift for all the people you love this holiday season!

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There is nothing quite like getting a cookie tin full of festive holiday cookies. It’s a simple yet touching gift from the heart. And of course, we all love having lots of homemade scrumptious cookies without having to bake! This year, turn your holiday baking into a heartfelt gift for all your friends and neighbors, with our easy instructions for making a Christmas Cookie Box.

Gifting edible treat boxes can be overwhelming, From how to organize shopping lists and what to bake, to ideas for stylish boxes to how to keep those cookies fresh and intact during shipping, there is a lot to think about. Especially during the holidays! Our step by step instructions make it easy for you to create your own fabulous Christmas Cookie Boxes. This is your ultimate guide to cookie boxes with everything you need to know, plus our best tips and tricks, to make and ship homemade cookies this holiday season.

This Ultimate Christmas Cookie Box Guide Includes:

  • Planning for Your Cookie Box
  • Baking for Your Cookie Box
  • Assembling Your Cookie Box
  • Packing and Shipping Your Cookie Box
  • What Cookies We Used for Our Perfect Christmas Box

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Planning Your Christmas Cookie Box

If you are just running holiday baking leftovers over to a neighbor in a tin, you don’t need to pull together lists ahead of time. Making a Christmas Cookie Box takes a bit more work though, and we are all about easing that work as much as possible by planning everything out.

Choosing What Cookies to Bake

Choosing what cookies to bake seems like the simplest step, but there are things you want to consider. First off, how many cookies do you want to make? We suggest about 6-8 cookies because you don’t want to burn yourself out. Obviously our Christmas Cookie Box is over the top with more than 10 cookies, but you don’t need to choose that many! Choose cookies that share complimentary tastes and flavors, especially when using strong flavors like peppermint. We like to make cookie recipes that are different sizes and textures to add variety.

Figuring out the Timing

Honestly, giving yourself ample time is the secret weapon to making stunning Cookie Boxes. Everything else is (literally) just filler. Give yourself enough time to shop for ingredients and supplies. Baking, cooling, and decorating cookies all adds to the time. It takes time to assemble the boxes, especially if you plan on wrapping things individually, and pack them correctly for shipping. Finally, you’ll need to figure out how long shipping will take and plan on a few hours at UPS or FexEx during the holidays.

Tips for Planning a Treat Box

Print out the recipe cards for all your cookie recipes and read them through at least once before you go shopping.

Plan out the order you need to make each batch of cookies so they have enough time to cool completely and for any decorations to set.

Take inventory of what you have on hand both for ingredients and supplies, and separate them out. This includes any packaging for the actual boxes.

Get an idea of what else you want in your box besides cookies. Things like candy, roasted nuts, fudge, and cute little holiday knickknacks or ornaments, etc.

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Baking for Your Christmas Cookie Box

Before you start baking, obviously you need to make sure you have all the ingredients you will need. This is where your shopping list comes in handy, and it helps to make cookies that share a lot of ingredients so you can buy in bulk. One thing people often overlook is making sure they have all the baking equipment they need. Having a couple extra wire racks is a game changer when baking lots of batches of cookies.

Shopping for Supplies

This is where choosing which cookies you want to bake ahead of time makes a big difference. It takes a little prep work (and some math), but it’s worth it to only have to make one trip to the grocery store to get all the baking ingredients you need. I like to print out all the cookie recipes I want to bake. This way I can cross things off as I add them to my list and I don’t have to toggle between a bunch of open browsers.

Baking The Cookies

Now for the fun part, the actual holiday baking! I like to double check which types of cookies I want to bake and in what order, based on the timing to chill dough, decorate, etc. I set out any pantry ingredients and baking equipment the night before and first thing in the morning I pull out any ingredients that need to be at room temperature. Let the baking and decorating commence!

Tips for Baking Cookies 

Here’s a little secret: You don’t have to bake all your cookies on the same day or even on the same weekend. Many types of cookies can be frozen head of time, either as baked cookies or as raw cookie dough.

Leave plenty of time for cooling, especially if the cookies are frosted. Also, you want to use frosting that will harden, like Royal Icing, unless you don’t plan on stacking your cookies. Both our Classic Gingerbread Cookies and our Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies recipes have instructions on how to make Royal Icing. Swapping soft frosting with a drizzle of dark chocolate or white chocolate can work too.

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Assembling Your Christmas Cookie Box

After your cookies are cooled and ready, it’s time to assemble the box and add decorations. You’ll want to use a larger heavy cardboard box, big enough to hold your cookies plus any dividers and other treats you want to use. 

Dividers for the Cookie Box

A lot of the time the little boxes and bags that are too small for an actual gift box are perfect for packing a box and separating smaller kinds of cookies. From festive plastic bags to tiny treat boxes – you’d be surprised at what you can get at the dollar store. You can also use holiday ziploc bags, plastic wrap, and cellophane to separate cookies. Foil tins, small cookie tins, cupcake liners, mini loaf pans, or even cardboard ornament dividers are also great to create sections in your cookie boxes.

How to Decorate a Cookie Box

Cookies are the star of a cookie box of course, but half the fun is in the decorating. Adding tiny ornaments, ribbon, gift tags, mini pine cones, and tissue paper will really make your box pop. Use twine around a stack of cookies or tie the ends of cellophane wrap with festive ribbon for an easy decoration.

Filling a Cookie Box

Don’t store soft cookies and crisp cookies next to each other because they will soften the crisper cookies. Line your cardboard box with parchment paper or wax paper to keep the cookies fresh. Make sure your cookies are completely cooled before packing them in the box. Finally, use parchment paper or wax paper between layers of cookies to keep them firm and prevent them from sticking together. Only wrap cookies in food safe paper and use tissue paper for decoration only.

Other Treats to Include

Try festive favorites like candy canes, chocolate kisses, candy coated chocolates, peppermint candies, candied nuts, roasted nuts, fudge, chocolate covered pretzels, or Chocolate Covered Pretzel Rods. We have over 50 Christmas Candy Recipes that would make great additions to your treat boxes!

Packing and Shipping Cookie Boxes

How to Pack a Cookie Box To Ship

You want a large enough box to fit your actual cookie box in with room to add fillers to keep your cookies from breaking and the box from jostling around. Use fillers like bubble wrap, scrunched up newspapers, cardboard paper towel tubes, shredded paper, or folded up cardboard pieces. Tape up your box with packing tape and make sure to write FRAGILE on every side in big bold letters.

How to Ship a Cookie Box

You’ll want to double check your local shipping times and costs for where you want to ship your cookies. We recommend shipping through UPS or Fed-Ex and paying for 2 day air shipping so they get there as soon as possible, but again go with your budget and time needs.

What’s In Our Cookie Box this Year?


Spritz Cookies

Buttery and beautiful, Spritz Cookies are a holiday classic made easily with a cookie press. Keep them simple or decorate for the holidays.
Check out this recipe

Gingerbread Men

Gingerbread Men are a classic holiday cookie filled with warm spices like nutmeg, molasses, and clove. Royal Icing recipe and decorating tips included!
Check out this recipe

Chocolate Gingerbread Men

Chocolate Gingerbread Men are a sweet twist on classic Christmas cookies. Sugar and spiced cookie dough with ginger, cocoa powder, molasses, and brown sugar.
Check out this recipe

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies are rich chocolate cookies topped with marshmallows, chocolate drizzle, and crushed candy canes. Christmas in a tasty bite!
Check out this recipe

Christmas Wreath Cookies

Christmas Wreath Cookies (No Bake!) are quick and easy festive marshmallow treats with crunchy cornflakes and mini chocolate coated candies.
Check out this recipe

Peppermint Meringues

Peppermint Meringues are crispy, chewy holiday cookies. Melt in your mouth Christmas treats made with egg white, candy canes, peppermint extract, and sugar.
Check out this recipe

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are the perfect holiday cookie recipe. Crispy, buttery vanilla cookies with rich chocolate and peppermint filling.
Check out this recipe

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are the most festive holiday cookies with bright red and green swirls and filled with buttery peppermint flavor!
Check out this recipe

Peppermint Filled Cookies

Peppermint Filled Cookies are perfect buttery cream cheese cookies with cool peppermint patties in the center and melted chocolate topping.
Check out this recipe

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies

Christmas Pinwheel Cookies are the most festive holiday cookies with bright red and green swirls and filled with buttery peppermint flavor!
Check out this recipe

Cherry Snowballs

Cherry Snowballs are easy holiday cookies with only 4 ingredients! Buttery cookies with a maraschino cherry center rolled in powdered sugar.
Check out this recipe

Peppermint Meltaways

These easy Peppermint Meltaways are going to be your new favorite Christmas Cookie! Melt in your mouth peppermint shortbread dough with only 5 ingredients!
Check out this recipe
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Christmas Cookie Box

This Christmas Cookie Box is a complete holiday cookie box guide with how to pack and ship treat boxes plus a holiday cookie recipes roundup!
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. You rock, Sabrina! I was wondering what to do with the cookies I have to make and bring down to the grandchildren for Thanksgiving! Your idea is brilliant! Thank you!