Traditions of Christmas ~ Gift Trays

   This is one of my favourite gift ideas and one that we've done many times over the years. Some years have been quiet, with just my daughter Nicole and I getting together, while other years the whole family has been home to take part. No matter who is there, it's always a fun time of making memories.

Making Christmas Baking Gift Trays

A December baking day became a family tradition in our home many years ago. 

  But much later, when Nicole was a teenager, she got a job making Christmas gift trays. She did such a beautiful job, we started making them at home to give as Christmas gifts. 
  A couple of weeks ago, Nicole and I decided to do some baking with the kids, so I figured I'd put on my Christmas socks to get in the mood.
Christmas socks

The kids had fun picking out their cookie cutters,

mixing up the cookie batter,

and cutting out their shapes.

  The cookies were so delicious, I only managed to get one picture before they were gobbled up! 

Christmas Gift Trays

  This recipe is very easy and makes a small batch, so it's perfect for baking with kids.

Here's the recipe:

Easy Sugar Cookies

1 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tbsp baking powder

Mix ingredients to soft dough; not crumbly or sticky. Add more flour if necessary. Roll out on a floured surface, 1/8 inch thick. Cut out cookies, place on a cookie sheet, bake at 350, 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven before edges brown. Decorate or serve plain...they have a delicious shortbread flavour.

Now let's get on with making the cookie gift trays.

Materials Required:

  • Plastic plates and trays of various sizes
  • Ribbons, bows, gift tags
  • Scissors
  • Shrink Wrap
  • Heat Gun (good blow dryer might work)
  • Cookies, squares, fudge, peanut brittle....whatever you like!
  • Candy, Nuts are optional
Gift tray materials

assorted cookies for gift trays
A sampling of previous baking days.

assorted baking for cookie trays
And just a few more!

  • After the assorted cookies have cooled, place on plastic plates and trays. Nuts and candy may also be added.

  • Use a heat gun to shrink        wrap the trays
  • Decorate with ribbons and      bows

  • Shrink wrapping cookie trays with heat gun

    Decorated Christmas cookie gift  trays
    Trays of different sizes; perfect for family, friends, coworkers, and Sunday School teachers.
    Now time to get baking!

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    1 comment:

    1. It looks like your kids had fun baking and giving away all these wonderful Christmas cookies!


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