How to build the perfect holiday cookie box

Cookie boxes are perfect holiday gifts. Here's how to build one to impress.

Cookie boxes packed to the brim with sweets are my favorite thing to give during the holidays.

For 11 months of the year, I’m not really a baker. But as soon as the calendar flips to December, my kitchen turns into a bakery. All the mixing bowls, pans and sprinkles I’ve neglected are thrust back into commission and my oven churns out batch after batch of cookies such as delicate spritz cookies, jam-filled thumbprints, mouthwatering ginger molasses, and heavenly peanut butter blossoms. Sure, my family eats some of them, but most cookies are destined to be packaged into festive boxes for friends and family. It is the season of giving, after all.          

Over the years, I’ve learned a few things about building the perfect cookie box. They should have a mix of flavors, be packaged with care and delivered early in the season to help spark holiday cheer.

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When I make cookie boxes, I pick at least one recipe from five categories:

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