Baking cookies to give as favors at a wedding, shower, or other event can be a great way to get people involved. Instead of trying to do it all yourself, divide up the work so that it becomes a party in and of itself! It’s actually very simple to create cookie favors that look like they took much more time than they did. Here are some tips to get you started.
BASIC SUGAR COOKIES
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
The nice thing about sugar cookies is that you can make the dough ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. Make up a few batches so you can get several dozen cookies made at once. If you need wedding favors for a larger wedding, you’re going to have to bake 12 dozen to get 144 cookies. So base your estimate on how many guests are coming and plan for several extras in case some are burnt or broken. If you store the cookies in a tightly lidded container, they will last several days. Better yet, freeze them and you’ll be safe for several weeks.
When it comes time to wrap your cookies for presentation at the party, go with materials that are sturdy and elegant. Clear cellophane wrap is available for basket wrapping. You can find it at craft stores. Don’t use regular plastic wrap as it will not make a nice presentation and may smash the frosting you’ve worked so hard on. Take a small section of basket wrapping cellophane and wrap it loosely around the cookie. Gather the extra at the tip of the cookie and tie with an upscale ribbon. You will only need one cookie for each guest when the presentation is bold and beautiful.
Of course there are other cookies you can make for a wedding or party. Chocolate chip is always a favorite. Follow the same procedure for freezing and wrapping your cookies, but instead stack four or five cookies in each pack. If you’re going with a more rustic cookie, you’ll want at least a few for each guest. Delicately decorated sugar cookies are more like works of art, so you can present just one each. Variations on the chocolate chip cookie include chocolate chunk, double chocolate, and white chocolate macadamia nut. Just be sure to make a tag or sticker that alerts guests that nuts have been used in case they are allergic.
Cookies make delicious favors that everyone is happy to receive. Brighten up your next party with a basket of cookie favors.