A holiday stand-by

I haven't started my Christmas baking yet, but I'm sure I will make at least 1 dozen package cookies sometime this month.
I love this cookie...it's cheerful and makes a great gift for just about anyone. I've made THOUSANDS of this cookie over the past nine years...take a peek at some of the variations...
The squiggly lines were made by dragging a toothpick through wet icing. For the holly leaves (I like the ones in the top pic best), I piped dots of royal icing onto the dried flood icing and then added leaves with a food coloring pen (Americolor Gourmet Writers).
And, of course, there are dots! To learn more about adding dots, click here.
Last year, I decided to change up the bow a little and add sanding sugar. Here's how to do it. I thought plain packages with the sugar would be cute, but ended up reverting back to dotty ones. :)This year, I think a light blue and red package would be really sweet!


  1. You know, I have a birthday this month and would LOVE some Present cookies. ;) *hint hint*

    Oh! and a great winter color combo is brown, deep red and light blue. SO FREAKIN' CUTE!!!

    I might just have to try my hand at these cookies.

  2. Oh my, these are so charming! You can package them and go into business. Sign me up for an order!

  3. I love your information.
    I was so motivated, I went out and got some gourmet writers, decorating bags and tips. I did some Thanksgiving ones. Pilgrims, leaves, and pumpkins. I took some pictures, I'll link you to my blog when I post them. They weren't too bad for my first try.

    Thank you so much for sharing all of your information!


  4. You are so talented. I love those presents and the ones you did with toothpick decorating technique is awesome. As usual, I love the polka dots.

    They would make great cookies at a Cookie Exchange. Have you ever done one?

    Your cookies are so cute, I mean really professional, it gets you in the Christmas spirit.

  5. Jen...yes! Definitely let me know when you get those posted. I can't wait to see them! :)

    Treasure Ann...thank you! No, I have never attended a cookie exchange. I would love to, though!

  6. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  7. What to say except that these, along with everything you do, are ADORABLE. They also look extremely edible which is almost more important. I love seeing what you come up with next!

  8. See I'd need two presents because if I only had one I'd feel really guilty for eating it. And I would have to because they just look so incredibly yummy. But if I had two then I could eat one (maybe one that was a little less perfect) and then save the other for all of eternity or at least until it broke, by accident, of course and then I'd gobble that one up too. :-)

    I need to learn how to do cookies too. BTW, did you enter that contest that I sent you?!

  9. Those are so cute. I love the ones with the holly.

  10. Bridget these are so cute :) You are sooooo creative. I think I am making a huge batches of Christmas sphere's of joy- or Christmas balls. I made sugar cookies the other day and they didn't turn out right :(

  11. Julia...I entered yesterday, but got an email saying my entry wouldn't be up until the 9th. Thank you for the reminder!!! Man, would my son love to go back to Epcot! Fingers crossed!!!

  12. I love the presents with the holly.
    So cute!1

  13. ahh I love your blog!! It came at a great time too.. I'm studying for finals; so I forced myself to break from baking... but your site is filling the void...(:

    Happy Holidays,


  14. all those packages are so cute! i wish i was as talented of a decorator as you are!

  15. I wish you would just sell your cookies already!!

  16. Amber at ClassicHousewife linked to you... LOVE them! Just made mittens last night for a mom's group... I like using the royal icing that you use vs. the kind I was using without the meringue powder... Thanks for the tips! :) Merry Christmas!

  17. perfect gift for the kids i'm sure they will like it.


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