Wednesday, December 14, 2011

the great food blogger cookie swap continued...

I'm going to continue talking to you guys about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 that I was a part of, for one more blog :) I hope you don't mind. If you are following along, I recently posted a recipe featuring the cookies I sent to my recipients. This next blog is going to be about how I packaged everything up, and what delicious cookies I was shipped from other food bloggers!

Maybe it's just me, but I felt A LOT of pressure being a part of this. Not only did I feel like I needed to make some pretty delicious cookies, but I also wanted to make sure they were packaged up like awesome little presents. Is it just me? Or did any of you other food bloggers feel the same way? On top of things looking and tasting wonderful, I also needed to take into account that they'd be shipped all over the country! My three recipients were scattered throughout, so my packaging (and cookies) needed to hold up to being tossed around.

Here's what I used to package my cookies up!

  • 6- 4"x4"x4" Brown Boxes from Bake it Pretty
  • Butcher's Twine
  • Cardstock in various Christmas-ie designs
  • Double Stick Tape
  • 6- 2.75" x 1.5" Tiny Shipping Tags from Bake it Pretty
  • Ribbon
  • 6- 5.75"x7.75" Cellophane Bags
  • 3 Homemade Cardstock "Tags" made for me by my awesome husband
  • Tissue Paper
  • "Merry Christmas" Stickers (from Target)

I'll be honest, the boxes were an accident. I wanted to ship in brown boxes, that I knew- but I ordered the wrong sized boxes :( It wasn't until they arrived that I realized that. So, instead of one nice large box of cookies, each of my recipients got two. No big.

I placed 6 Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies in a cellophane bag, and wrapped AIR TIGHT with butcher's twine adorned with one red gift tag. I chose to hand write on the tags, "Enjoy!", to give them a more intimate personal feeling.

Included in each shipping box was a custom made larger tag adorned with ribbon, made know ;) He's so good to me.

I saw cookie boxes like the ones I made, on Pinterest a while back. I just loved them so much- so I knew that's how I wanted my boxes to look. Good thing too- I just so happened to have some pretty perfect cardstock laying around.

I measured the tops of the boxes and then subtracted 1/4" from each side. I wanted the brown color to still show around the sides. I then adhered the cardstock squares to the tops of the boxes with double stick tape. Getting super creative (and not wanting any cardstock scraps to waste) I then cut 1/2" strips and adhered with double stick tape to one side of the top of the box. I chose to use different printed strips to top the boxes.

The boxes were closed and sealed with a "Merry Christmas" sticker, which I really loved!

I then padded each shipping box REALLY WELL with tons and tons of decorative tissue paper. 2 cookie boxes went into each shipping box surrounded by more tissue. Finally, each box was finished off with a business card and little (err BIG) greeting tag letting them know what they were going to enjoy!

I did hear back from all 3 recipients, they LOVED them! Here's who I was asked to ship my cookies out to- make sure to check them out if you love food blogs. Lot's of yummy recipes coming from here:

  1. Kate Snapp from Ideas I Can't Keep to Myself
  2. Mackenzie Foster from Susie Freaking Homemaker
  3. Eleana Chou from Chou Down

Ok now for the cookies I received in return!!!

The first cookies I received were these Vienna Cookies or Citrus Butter Cookies from Annalise of Completely Delicious. She didn't lie in her blog name...these were absolutely delicious! Not too sweet, lightly citrus-ie, and so darn good. I had them for "breakfast" a couple of times and they were great with tea!

Next were Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookies from Jewel over at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. Her packaging was too cute for words! I actually giggled when I opened her package! Not only were there little individual cookies all with the cutest "homemade" stickers on them, but also included was a cute sparkly red spatula!

And lastly, but certainly not least, were these super yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chip Cookies from Tanvi of The Hathi Cooks. Whenever peanut butter and chocolate are together, you can not go wrong (in my humble opinion). These were just  really really really darn good chocolate chip cookies! Crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle...and so dang great!

My husband and I could not be more happy with the cookies we received! Each was so unique and so good!

Make sure you check out the blogs of each of the cookies I received (and those whom I gave cookies too) for their recipes of the cookies they sent out! So fun!!! Can't wait for next year's Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!


  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed my package! You cookies and pretty packaging look great, the three bloggers who received them sure are lucky! :)

  2. OO YAY! Those cookies that you made and the ones that you got in the mail all look great!!

  3. Thank you!!!!! The cookies we received were SO good. Perfect for us!! ;)

  4. Yay! I'm so glad that you liked the cookies! Your cookies look incredible as well and so does the packaging! So cute!

  5. Tanvi- your cookies were SO dang good! My husband's favorite ;) Shhhh...

  6. Your packaging looks so cute. I wanted to make my cookies look like presents as well. I understand the feeling. And the cookies look delicious as well!

  7. Jewel- I loved yours! I had them every morning for "breakfast". They went awesome with my black tea. :)

    Michelle- THANK YOU! I'd love to see a picture of your cute packaging!

  8. Hi Christina,
    The memory of your cookies last year still makes my mouth water! Thanks so much for a great blog - and showing us how cute the package you sent me looks! I loved receiving it!
    Your cleverness & care really came through! A treat at the holidays! xoxo Kate


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