Homemade for the Holidays: Christmas Cookies

Welcome to Homemade for the Holidays! I’ve heard from a lot of you, that you have tried some of the recipes in this series. I’m just thrilled that you are all enjoying them!

Today I have Christmas Cookies for you, not just your ordinary cookies but some that you add to these adorable containers.

Let me tell you! You will be the hit of the neighborhood if you take some homemade goodies in these containers! They will still be talking about you at the Fourth of July Parade!!

Here is what you will need for the Rudolph Container

  • 1 rectangle plastic container (I bought Ziploc, 3 in a package at Target for $3)
  • 1 piece of brown felt
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • 1 plastic headband
  • eyes – either google eyes or buttons (I used white buttons with a smaller black button for the pupil)
  • nose – I used a large red button, you could also use a red pompom ball or something like that


I started with the face, measure your container (width) and cut a square from the felt, then fold it in half and cut on the diagonal to form the triangle. Put the eyes and nose on, I used my hot glue gun. Then glue the whole face to the container. Next, cut one of the pipe cleaners, you will need 2 – 3 inch pieces. Wrap the full length pipe cleaner around the headband, then wrap the small pieces (one for each antler)

Fill your container with cookies or other goodies, add the lid, then add the headband.

Here is what you will need for the Santa Container

  • 1 rectangle plastic container
  • scrapbook paper – hat, brim of hat and mustache
  • cotton balls


Cut the hat, brim of hat and mustache out of the scrapbook paper and glue onto the container lid with a glue stick. Add the cotton balls for the beard and hat, I used my hot glue gun.

Fill your container with cookies or other goodies, add the lid.

Sugar Cut-out Cookie Recipe:

  • 4 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon  Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1-2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Butter – real
  • 1 + 2/3 cups Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs


Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla. Cream in eggs. Whisk together dry ingredients. Alternate dry ingredients with sour cream, ending with sour cream.

Chill dough. Roll out thick and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Peanut Butter  Blossom Cookie Recipe:

  • 3/4 cup Peanut Butter, creamy
  • 1/2 cup Butter Flavor Crisco or Butter
  • 1 + 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 + 3/4 cups Flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda


Combine Peanut Butter, Crisco, Sugar, Milk and Vanilla in large bowl. Beat until well blended. Beat in Egg. Combine dry ingredients, add to creamed mixture. Chill dough. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

While the cookies are baking, unwrap the Candy Kisses. Immediately add a kiss to the top of each cookie.

In case you run out of time, like I usually do, I also wanted to share these cute cookie boxes that Wilton sells.

Are you new? Let me catch you up on the Homemade for the Holidays Series

Homemade Peanut Butter CupsCranberry BreadCupcake Wrapper Tutorial ~ Christmas Cheese Ball

Homemade Christmas OrnamentsSanta Pretzel Rods ~ Cupcakes in a Jar ~ Christmas Cookie Containers

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  1. Very cute reindeer container!
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  2. Great holiday ideas! I cheated and bought tins from Walgreens this year instead of making my own:-(

  3. How cute. These homemade decorative containers are the best. So cute and so inexpensive. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
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  4. Great idea for a gift box, so practical. After Christmas, you can take off the decoration and use the container.

  5. Your containers are adorable!!
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  6. These are adorable! Thanks for the great ideas on packaging.

  7. Donnie says:

    Those ideas are so cute and easy. Loved your recipes.
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  8. Lindsi B says:

    Oh my gosh was a GREAT idea to decorate and dress up simple plastic containers! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html
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  9. Rachel says:

    What pretty packaging and the cookies look so yummy! We are having a project party and would love for you to come link up your great ideas! http://www.bubblynaturecreations.com/2011/12/project-party-weekend-come-link-up-your.html#comment-form

  10. Kalib says:

    We are going to try the take out boxes tomorrow.

  11. Maria Susan says:

    Thanks for the recipes.Your containers are adorable and thanks for giving ideas of gift packing.

  12. Milli says:

    Thank u so much for all your receipes and ideas which have been quite useful when having to entertain family, friends amd coworkers on special occasions. I’m a Spaniard, married to an Italian who now live in Turin but who has spent time in The USA. Despite the fact our cuisine is said to be one of the top in the world, I sometimes miss the US flavour, which I enjoy sharing with my people here. That is why I found your blog so handy and fun. THX again!!

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