4 Ways to Bake, Give and Keep Holiday Cookies

Make these goodies from HGTV Magazine and Food Network Magazine, then wrap them in festive packages, and save a few for yourself. Now that’s a recipe for a happy holiday!

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Photo By: Emily Kate Roemer (food styling by Christine Albano)

Bake: Pistachio Spritz Cookies

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Give: Faux-Log Packages

Find the complete wrapping instructions here. Two dozen pistachio spritz cookies fit in each tube. Tubes: Kraft 9"H x 3"-diameter mailing tubes with end caps, $24 for a set of 25, uline.com; Wrapping paper: Faux Bois wrapping paper, $3 per 19 1/2" x 27" sheet, papersource.com; Car tag: (customized with a white background) Retro Car holiday gift tag downloadable PDF, $3, revintagedart.etsy.com; Wood tag: (customized with stamped name) 2"-diameter wood slice ornaments, $20 for a set of 25, churchhousewoodworks.etsy.com; Twine: Bond jute twine in green, $12 for 200 feet, amazon.com

Keep: Colorful Tree Tin

Christmas Trees 7 1/2"H x 6 1/2"-diameter tin canister, $13, retroplanet.com

Bake: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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Give: Cozy Sweater Container

Find the complete wrapping instructions here. You can tuck a dozen chocolate sugar cookies in this mug. Tag punch: Clever Lever Extra Giga merchandise tag crafts punch, $26, uchida.com; Stamp: Snowflake 2" x 2" rubber stamp, $15, rubberstamps.com; Yarn: Bernat Mega Bulky acrylic yarn in radiant orchid and claret, $9 each for 64 yards, fabric.com; Mug: Cable Knit porcelain mug in blue, $9, stashtea.com 

Keep: Snowflake Tin

Snowflake 7 1/4"H x 7"-diameter steel tin, $6, e-cookietins.com

Bake: Candy Cane Cookies

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Give: Peppermint-Striped Cube

Find the complete wrapping instructions here. A box this size can stash six candy cane cookies. Box: 4 7/16" x 3 7/16" flush-lid amac box in clear, $3, containerstore.com; Washi tape: Little B 25-mm-wide decorative paper tape in candy cane stripes, $4.50 per roll, joann.com; Ribbon: 1"-wide satin ribbon in red, $7 for 10 yards, papersource.com; Gift tag: 2" x 4" red gift tag, $2 for a set of 10, containerstore.com 

Keep: Candy Cane Cookie Jar

9"H x 7 1/2"-diameter earthenware cookie jar in red and white stripes, $82, owlcreekceramics.etsy.com

Bake: Gingerbread Cutouts

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Give: House-Shaped Gift Box

Find the complete wrapping instructions here. You can pack about 18 gingerbread cookies in this box. Rickrack: 1/2"-wide rickrack in white, $1.50 for 2 1/2 yards, and 1/4"-wide rickrack in white, $1.50 for 4 yards, both simplicity.com; Gift box:  8"W x 4 7/8"D x 9"H gable box in chocolate, $2, containerstore.com; Ribbon: Offray 7/8"-wide taffeta gingham check crafts ribbon, $10 for 9 feet, amazon.com 

Give: House-Shaped Gift Box

Find the complete wrapping instructions here. You can pack about 18 gingerbread cookies in this box. Rickrack: 1/2"-wide rickrack in white, $1.50 for 2 1/2 yards, and 1/4"-wide rickrack in white, $1.50 for 4 yards, both simplicity.com; Gift box:  8"W x 4 7/8"D x 9"H gable box in chocolate, $2, containerstore.com; Ribbon: Offray 7/8"-wide taffeta gingham check crafts ribbon, $10 for 9 feet, amazon.com 

Keep: Gingerbread House Jar

Peppermint House 7 1/4"W x 7 1/2"D x 9 1/2"H ceramic cookie jar, $60, williams-sonoma.com

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