Types of Cookies to Fill Your Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are a great, easy way to let a friend or loved one know that you are thinking of them. A gift basket can be used to express congratulations or condolences, say thank you, or to celebrate a birthday or event. If you’ve decided to gift a cookie basket, you can either make your own or go to www.cookiesbydesign.com to purchase one. If you plan to make your own, the following are some different types of cookies you can choose to fill your basket with.

Drop Cookies and Bar Cookies

Drop cookies are the most common type of cookie and the easiest to make. After the dough is made, it is formed into balls and dropped onto a cookie sheet to bake. Common types of drop cookies include chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. Bar cookies are generally formed from the same recipes as drop cookies. However, instead of forming the dough into balls, it is spread in a rectangular pan to bake. After it has cooled, the pan is cut into squares, creating cookie bars.

Molded, Pressed, and Rolled Cookies

While sometimes categorized separately, molded, pressed, and rolled cookies are all similar because they are formed into shapes and designs. Molded cookies are formed into shapes by hand or using kitchen items such as spoons or drinking glasses (e.g. Peanut Butter cookies). Pressed Cookies are formed into different shapes when the dough is pressed through a cookie press or pastry tube. Some common types of pressed cookies are ladyfingers and spritz cookies. To form rolled cookies, the dough is chilled, rolled out, and then cut into shapes using cookies cutters, knifes, or pastry wheels. Sugar cookies are the most common types of rolled cookie.

No-Bake Cookies

The final type of cookie you can make for your gift basket is the no-bake cookie. These cookies are made from ingredients that can harden on their own and thus need only be chilled and not baked. These are a great alternative during the hot summer months when you don’t want to turn on the oven. No-bake cookies often use chocolate, peanut butter, and honey as sweetening agents and are often formed using oatmeal, cereal, and event nuts. To see some great examples of gift baskets you can give your loved ones, visit www.cookiesbydesign.com.