Cookies Recipes

Gift box cookies

By on 19.12.12

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Christmas is coming soon, way sooner than I hoped as deadlines and exams are also way too soon now. At least this is my last week and I will have two weeks off to bake, create and eat a lot! I have made Christmas present box cookies for under the mini tree and my cookie box. I hope you try them out, I think they will be a crowd pleaser on Christmas!

Gift box cookies

I made a very large pile of gifts hihihi

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The gift boxes belong under the Christmas tree right?

If you liked my panda cookies I think you will like these also. These are definitely a lot easier than the panda cookies, so worth a try I’d say!

Gift box cookies

Here I show you the progress of making these gift box cookies. The way to make the cookies with the bow around it, is to make logs with a cross as it’s cross-section. Roll out both doughs, stack the brown dough in between two strips of white.

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Cut the log in tree strips again and stack a brown strip in between the striped strips.

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This is what you should end up with. Refrigerate for a while, then cut the logs and make bows for the boxes.

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Place on a baking tray and bake!

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The result.

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The bottom is golden brown, I baked the cookies not too long as I wanted high contrast between the bow and box itself.

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Close up of the pile.

I hope you like them, try them and share them with your friends and families! Happy Holidays 🙂

Gift box cookies
  • 100g butter
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 130g all purpose flour
  • 115g all purpose flour + 15g cocoa
  1. Mix the butter and sugar until soft and creamy.
  2. Add the egg and mix until incorporated.
  3. Divide the mixture in two and set one part aside in a bowl.
  4. Add 130g flour and mix until a dough ball forms. Wrap the dough in plastic.
  5. Now to the other half of the butter/sugar/egg mixture add the flour and cocoa and mix until a dough forms. Wrap the dough in plastic.
  6. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
  7. Roll both doughs with a rolling pin. Set aside some cocoa dough for the bows to make later. Roll the white dough 6mm thick and the cocoa dough 4mm thick. Cut the white dough lengthwise in four strips. Cut two strips of cocoa dough with equal width as the white ones and place in between two white strips. Cut the two logs in three, ending up with six striped strips. Cut the remaining cocoa dough in 3 strips with equal width as the striped ones. Place cocoa dough in between two striped strips. Wrap the three logs in plastic and refrigerate for at least half an hour.
  8. Preheat your oven to 175ºC / 350ºF.
  9. Cut the logs in 1 cm thick pieces and place on baking tray with baking paper. Make a bow of the left-over dough by cutting small squares diagonal in triangles.
  10. Bake 15 min on 175ºC / 350ºF.
Inspiration: cookpad
  • Soooooooooo darn cute! Gotta try these!

  • These are so so so cute omg. I always have a problem with baking such cookies (ive tried baking checkerboard ones previously) cos they tend to spread out so much even aft I’ve taken the time to chill the dough thoroughly…I’ll def by trying this out some time! 🙂

    • Gail

      I chilled this dough also thoroughly, it didn’t spread at all 🙂 After making it into logs it was still manageable, just needed some more chilling for cutting nice slices. Let me know how it works out for you!

  • those are darling!

  • How adorable! As I have run out of time, I have to pin these for next year! So cute….

  • I love them!!!!!! Im gonna try it tomorrow. When I try this, I’ll post a pic for you 😉 Thanks a lot.. Lots of love from Turkey 😉

    • Gail

      Yay! Love to see them 🙂 have fun making them

  • Nat


  • They are super cute – and your cross-sections of chocolate and vanilla dough are absolutely perfect. Well done.

  • these are adorable!!

  • agnes

    how do you stick the bow on it?

    • Gail Ho

      You can stick it on by pressing it a bit. The dough should be sticky enough.

  • mmsdesigns

    There could be more instructions explaining more about the bow and the thickness you role the dough too.. What I find about cookies like these is they lack of flavor…. I was wondering how we could make them tastier. No bacon or pepper LOL.. I better say no hot sauce either.. Maybe it is possible to add some clear orange extract to the vanilla cookie..If you like peppermint you can add a clear peppermint extract.. same for strawberry.. Any flavor that goes with chocolate just make sure it does not color the white cookie dough.. If you are going to post recipes in grams it would be nice to have the conversion done for everyone to understand. Is that being a snob.. yes I can look it up .. LOL

    • Gail Ho

      I’m sorry to disappoint you with the lack of instructions and flavor. For taste I would suggest adding a vanilla bean and a pinch of salt. As for the measurements, grams are just a lot more precise than cups and spoons and I would suggest every home baker to buy a scale.

  • Ann

    How do you easily cut and shape the bows? And what are the white dots on top made of?

    • Gail Ho

      Roll out the dough approx 3mm thick, chill it for a while in fridge or freezer and it should become easy to cut in triangles to make the bows. The white dot is just the white dough

Gail Ho
Mahé, Seychelles

Hello! My name is Gail, I'm a pastry chef currently working in Seychelles. I've studied industrial design engineering and the french art of pâtisserie in Paris. I've been working in Amsterdam, Paris, Biarritz and now in Seychelles.