Pretty Packaging for Cookies

Making pretty decorated cookies is a hobby I have been learning and growing in for the past couple years. Although I did learn the basics of baking as a child (from my mom), it wasn’t until I took a gourmet cookie decorating class in 2007 that I became completely obsessed with learning to perfect this art. There will always be new techniques and new designs to try, but I have been able to produce quite a number of cookies I’m happy with over the last few years (obviously I don’t take photos of the ones I’m not happy with!). But the process of making cookie dough, rolling and baking the cookies, making icing, and then actually decorating the cookies is a pretty time intensive project. Because I spend so much time on each cookie, I really want the cookies to be presented in a way that shows the off properly. Hand decorated cookies make beautiful gifts and favors, and some pretty packaging is the perfect way to really showcase your hard work. I think some thoughtful packaging can turn “just a cookie” into a beautiful gift.

One of the ways I package cookies is with custom fold-over tags, and some pretty ribbon. The tags can be made with most any heavy weight paper or cardstock (scrapbooking paper). Tags can be made with plain or patterned paper, and you may also want to add a printed message to further personalize the packaging. If you want a message, I usually print out the message (from my home computer) onto white cardstock, cut them to my desired size, and then paste them onto the larger tag (using double sided tape, a glue stick, or most any scrapbooking adhesive).

Below is the step by step assembly. I’m sure there are many other ways to get a similar look, this is just the way I do it.

1. Place cookie in bag and fold down the top of the cellophane bag twice.

2. Cover the fold with a prepared tag made from cardstock.
*I use my scrapbooking cardstock, and cut them 4 inches (the width of my bags), by 3 inches. Then I pre-fold the tags (using a bone folder) so that 2 inches of the tag will be to the front, and one inch of the tag is folded over. If I want a message on the finished tag (like the ones above), I print out messages on white cardstock, then glue that onto the colored cardstock tags.

3. Staple the folded tag over the folded cellophane AND a (pre-cut) strip of ribbon.

4. This shows the ribbon and tag stapled.

5. Tie the ribbon once, then make a bow. (I tie the ribbon before making the bow so that the finished bow lays straight)
6. Finished favor bag (just ignore the fact that the cookie isn’t decorated!) =)

I’ve also used this same basic idea to package other little gifts. Below are some bags of handmade gift tags I gave to some of my friends this past Christmas (well, actually in early December, so they could use them at Christmas).

The bags I almost always use for cookie packaging are the Wilton brand 4″x 9.5″ bags.  I buy mine at Michael’s craft store or Wal-Mart (in the cake decorating section).  There are many other bags available on-line, but I just like the feel of the Wilton bags.  Any other brands I’ve found are a much stiffer/crisper cellophane, but it just comes down to personal preference.

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18 Responses to “Pretty Packaging for Cookies”

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    HappyJacki — March 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Looks like I've found your blog just in time! It is beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for brightening my day!

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    Ashley — March 5, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I love your cookies and your packaging! Very, very cute!

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    Just Me... — March 24, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Could you please tell me where you buy your bags at? Thank you

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    Glory — March 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks Happy Jacki and Ashley for you sweet comments!

    "Just Me"- Thanks for reminding me to add that… I buy Wilton brand cellophane bags from Michael's craft store or Wal-Mart. Look in the cake decorating area. There are lots of other kinds of cellophane bags I could buy, but I really like the texture/feel of the Wilton ones. They are not as crisp and crackly as some (I hope that makes some kind of sense!).

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    Gabby — June 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    I love it! Great idea. So cute and simple.

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    Becka — February 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for all that you share! I now have the courage to try decorating with Royal Icing :)

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    Meira Lúcia — June 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I'm brazilian.
    Amei tudo que vi,principalmente a Festa da Joaninha!

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    karen — July 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    LOVE your site…such cuteness :) kAreN dUnN

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    lilica — September 3, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for sharing so much learning, I am Brazilian, I live in Brazil and am starting to make cookies decorated também.Tenho doubt on the mass, pq takes your baking powder and sovar.O biscuit is not hard and dry kneading the dough? This so will activate the gluten farinha.Todas recipes q I do not take baking and can not be handling the massa.Fico awaiting your resposta.Obrigada, bjos.

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    anamaria aviles — December 5, 2011 at 10:22 am

    is this-3 3/4" x 6" -the size of the bags ?

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    Rosalinda — December 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Hi, I just joined your blog and I want you to know that I love it!! Thank you so much for this tutorial, but have a quick question. On the steps it shows that you stapled the label, but where exactly? did you staple on top of the ribbon? I just don't see the staple in the finished product.
    Ok, thanks a million!!! :)

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    Wylene — May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I must say that I read this a couple of months ago and loved it….I've been thinking about your technique and couldn't get it right so I finally found your post again. Yay! Thank you so much!! 😀

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    Robin — August 28, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Hi, I was just wondering how far in advance can you make and package cookies?

    • Glory replied: — September 2nd, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

      Robin, In general, if you use the same recipe I do, the cookies will stay fresh and delicious at least a week.

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    MaryK — August 31, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Hi Glory, Can I ask what a ‘bone folder’ is? Sounds like it would make the task easier?

    • Glory replied: — September 2nd, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

      Mary- A bone folder is a tool that you can use to “draw” or impress a line on a piece of paper, and then the paper will fold in a nice, crisp crease along that line. They are sold in the paper crafting area in any major craft store.

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    pinky — February 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    hi,ur site is simply how u do all ur baking.i live in pakistan .and will definetly try these ideas.


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