I love this question, except that now I want a cookie.
I’ve sent you other questions and you have given the best advice, and you are so pretty!
Here’s my latest…I moved into a new are in June and I have the nicest possible neighbors. I want to do something around the holidays, I want to bake cookies and deliver a batch to each of my neighbors (about 7 in all). My question is, what type of containers can I give these cookies out in that won’t break my wallet? I have fancy tins that I keep my own cookies in but I bought them a while ago and they were expensive. Any suggestions?
You can solve this problem by mailing all of your cookies to me. I don’t care what you put them in.
Oh, fine. Be that way.
First of all, here’s the most important thing to keep in mind: In today’s busy, pre-packaged society, homemade treats are a special gift. You are taking the time (and energy and love) to bake for these people. The gift is your thought and effort, and the delicious results. No one really cares what you put the cookies into.
That said, I understand not wanting to just stuff them into a paper bag; a pretty presentation is a nice crowning touch. My point is only that you needn’t fret overly about it.
Here are some options for you:
Colored saran wrap and pretty bows over a paper plate. It’s simple, it’s cheap, and it’s festive. You need a fairly sturdy plate for this, obviously, but the overall cost is very low. And when the cookies are gone, they can throw the wrappings away. This is the low-clutter, low-cost solution.
Colored saran wrap and pretty bows in a basket. This can be as Martha Stewart as you wanna be, if you know what I mean. I’m not terribly crafty, so I tend to avoid this sort of thing. But you can pick up baskets at a thrift store for under a buck, then turn it into a work of art. Or you can endlessly loop ribbons around the handles and wonder why it still looks stupid. Not that I’d know anything about that.
Disposable food storage containers. Everyone makes these containers, now. Ziploc, Glad, generic brands. You can get them at the supermarket or at the dollar store. Hit it right and you’re paying less than a dollar per piece. They’re not super-fancy but they get the job done.
Cookie tins. As you’ve already discovered, cookie tins can be pricey. But they don’t have to be. Here in New England we have a chain called Christmas Tree Shops; they sell everything dirt cheap, but they always seem to have nice tins for about a buck. If you don’t have that particular store, you may have someplace else with the same sort of pricepoint. Check dollar stores, Big Lots, stores like that. You may be surprised at what you find.
Whimsical containers. Who says cookies have to come in a tin? Depending on what I’ve found cheap, I’ve given cookies in plastic buckets, little crates, and shower caddies! Okay, I’m a weirdo. But if you get your head out of the “it must be in this sort of container” mode, you might come up with something brilliant, that’s cute, too!
I hope that gives you some ideas to go on… and that my reward will be cookies.