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Homemade Cookie Gift Guide from Pillsbury™

Created November 17, 2023
‘Tis the season to eat cookies! When it comes to giftable holiday goodies, nothing inspires festive feelings quite like homemade cookie gifts. A homemade cookie platter makes a perfect present, a tasty take-along for all those holiday get-togethers or a sweet surprise for Santa. Whatever the occasion, Pillsbury™ Sugar Cookie Dough makes it super simple (and super fun!) to take your cookie spread over the top.

From warmly spiced gingerbread to buttery Russian tea cakes and everything in between, cookies may be the epitome of homemade holiday happiness. They’re the delicious, giftable goody that will put a twinkle in anyone’s eye. But you know what they say, ‘tis better to give than to receive. That’s why Pillsbury has made it unbelievably easy to bake up homemade cookie gifts for everyone on your list.

Give a Holiday Cookie Platter

If your calendar is jam-packed with parties, you’ll need something fun and festive to bring along. A holiday cookie tray is a welcome addition to any cocktail party, family gathering or secret Santa soiree. It is guaranteed to up the jolly factor while earning you compliments on your top-notch baking skills.

When assembling a lavish-looking cookie spread, you’ll want to have at least three different types. A good approach is pairing a couple of simple classics (these Easiest Ever Russian Tea Cakes or Quick Peanut Butter Blossoms are both great options) with a more eye-catching cookie like these Iced Sugar Cookies. All three use refrigerated Pillsbury sugar cookie dough as a savvy starter that makes baking a breeze, so you get maximum merriment for minimal effort.

Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough
The best gifts start with Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough. Your homemade cookie gifts are easier than ever when you start with this yummy pre-made dough.

Homemade Cookie Box Gifts


Searching for a fun way to hand out homemade cookie gifts this year? With its low-key presentation, a cookie bento box is a sweet and simple way to spread holiday cheer. All you need is a basic clamshell takeout box or other disposable container and you’re ready to fill with tasty treats, like these Easy Gingerbread Cookies.

Give one to your mail carrier, friends, teachers, neighbors and every cookie lover on your list (because, let’s face it, that’s everyone!). A box full of homemade cookie gifts is bound to make their holiday brighter. And what could be more fun than watching someone open the unassuming box, only to be dazzled by the array of home-baked goodies inside!

Shipping Holiday Cookies


Cookie bento boxes are great for those who are near us. But what about long-distance gifting? The best homemade cookies to ship as gifts are as tasty as they are sturdy. Favorites like these Peppermint Crunch Cookie Bars or 3-Ingredient Chocolate Swirl Cookies are easy to make, delightfully delicious and they aren’t too fragile to make it through the mail.

Try putting your homemade cookies in a pretty, holiday-themed tin to dial up your presentation and protect them on their travels. A tin of cookies also works well if you want to give a larger assortment of homemade favorites to someone local.

Cookie Gifts on the Go

Have dough, will travel. Even if you’re headed out of town for the holidays, you can still put together a fun cookie gift once you reach your destination. Pillsbury sugar cookie dough makes recipes like these Easy Italian Sugar Cookies and 3-Ingredient Marbled Sugar Cookies as easy as can be. You can pick up your supplies after you get where you’re going, then enjoy baking with your out-of-town friends and family.

Cookies for Santa


And when you’re making your holiday baking plans, don’t forget the most important cookie gift of all! That’s right, we’re talking about the big man. With the help of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, you can put together a cookie tray worth squeezing down the chimney for.

Kids will love to help out with making this super fun cookie tray with all of Santa’s favorites. (You can tell them we have it on good authority these Swirly Christmas Tree Cookies are one of his favorites.) And don’t worry, no one will add you to the naughty list if you sample a few for yourself!

Cookie Gifts for the Holidays

Sometimes the holidays can get hectic. But remember, the best homemade cookies to give as gifts don’t have to be difficult to make. It’s the thought that counts, but if the cookies are delicious and ultra-easy to make, then all the merrier. Happy home-baked holidays!