Cards, DIY

Christmas Cookie Boxes!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Every year I bake cookies and package them up to give to my staff as holiday gifts. Each year the packaging changes and is something handmade by me! This year, I made a bunch of gift boxes to deliver the cookies in. The gift box is assembled using the Mama Elephant Gable Box die and some double sided tape. Before I could assemble them, though, I had to stamp some patterns on them and color them up!

Poinsettia goodie boxes
Some boxes were cut from white card stock and others from craft card stock. Some had poinsettias and others had pine cones. I stamped most of them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but others I stamped with VersaMark ink and white heat-embossed the images. I then used either copics or colored pencils to do my coloring.

Pinecone goodie boxes

While I was finishing up coloring all of the boxes, I had to bake some cookies to go inside! This year I made four different kinds:

Christmas cookies

After I’d finished coloring all of the boxes, I cut widows in one side of them, using the same die set. Some had simple scalloped circle windows while others had a more ornate window that I gave a little dimension to by layering it on top of some fun foam. I then added some vellum behind the window. I thought about using clear acetate, but I used some Press’n Seal to line the insides of the boxes so they wouldn’t get dirty or greasy on the outside, so a clear window would have been obscured anyway.
Christmas gift goodie boxes

Then it was time to start adding my mini gift tags – more about those here.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

In addition to the stamped and colored boxes, I also made some solid color boxes, just to change it up a bit. I wanted these solid boxes to be just as fancy as the others, so I added my jazzed-up mini tags onto those boxes.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I managed to fit about 6-ish cookies into each of the boxes. It generally went like this: One snowball, one chocolate chip, 4 holiday bites and several pieces of toffee, broken up. Sometimes I’d add an extra snowball, if there was room.

Christmas gift goodie boxes

I really love how they turned out, and I had a lot of fun making them!

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Christmas gift goodie boxes

Happy Holidays!

kimberly

DIY

Homemade Dog Treats // Peanut Butter Parsley Bites

Radar CookieLast night, Radar was in desperate need of dog treats. We were fresh out and he was behaving, so it really was becoming somewhat of a tragedy. So, not willing to go out and pay for treats, my husband and I decided we might as well make him some homemade ones. I’ve made some in the past (here) but hadn’t made any in quite a while and I’m not sure why because these were so quick and easy to make. They only have a few ingredients (although some of them you may not have on hand), and only took about 30 minutes to bake. Granted, some of ingredients are little strange, but he LOVED them.Totally worth it.

Knowing what’s going into the food that your dog is eating is so satisfying. Here’s the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 C brown rice flour
  • 1 C rolled quick-oats
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 C dry milk
  • 1/2 C water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C peanut butter
  • 1 egg white (optional, for coating)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 300°. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, oats, parsley flakes and dry milk). In a separate bowl, lightly beat the eggs, add the water and peanut butter and mix. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until it comes together and can be rolled out. Roll out the dough about 1/4″ thick and cut into desired shapes. Place the cookies onto a greased baking sheet for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown and crunchy. To give the cookies a shiny finish, brush a thin coating of egg white over each cookie before baking (optional).

Recipe adapted from here…(and be sure to check out that post for even more home made dog treat recipes).
kimberly
DIY, Recipes

Christmas Cookie Gift Boxes

Just about every Thursday, I play a round of team trivia with friends at a local bar. It always makes for a nice social night out. Sometimes I even know some of the answers. So, since this past Thursday was the last night of trivia before Christmas (and we joked that it might be the last trivia night EVER (but then the world didn’t end…) I decided to make some gifts to bring along. I thought cookies would be nice because, while they’re an inexpensive gift, it’s always nice to give something you spent time making yourself. Lots of love went into these cookies and the boxes I made to put them in!

DIY Cookie Gift Boxes

I made the boxes by cutting out the form with my silhouette cameo, then folding them up. I liked this style because they only took one sheet of paper and the petal shape at the top kept them closed on their own pretty nicely. I also used my silhouette to make the name tags.

cookie boxes in silhouette

Before, during and after assembling the boxes, I baked about 5 batches of cookies (oof!). The cookies I included in the boxes were:

Salted Caramel Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

The salted caramel chocolate chip cookies were the only ones I managed to take a photo of out of the oven, but all of the cookies were excellent (I have a ton leftover that I’m trying not to gobble up all by myself…).

Homemade Cookies in Gift Boxes

I packed all the cookies in the boxes (about 8 cookies or so fit in each box) then closed them and tied the name tags on with some baker’s twine. I’m pretty sure cookies are the perfect gift. :)