Gift Tag Cookie Recipe

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Make your edible gifts even more special with these gift tag cookies. I have used my buttery and delicious eggless shortbread cookie recipe to make these homemade cookies in the shape of gift tags, without using any gift tag cookie cutter. It is that simple.

These edible gift tag cookies are perfect to jazz up your edible gifts for holiday gifting. Plus you can bring out so many variations into this. I have used mini alphabet shaped cookie cutters to include the love messages for my Valentine’s Day cookie box. I think this is super cute and absolutely adorable as a personalized gift.

gift tag cookies for holiday gifting

Imagine the surprise of your friends and family when they receive their gifts and realize that the gift tag is edible! I am sure the excitement on their face will bring you so much of happiness.

You can use any of our favourite easy cookie recipes, but I stick to me every faithful eggless Shortbread Cookies. For one reason that it is a practically 3-ingredient-cookie recipe that needs butter, sugar and flour. Second, it is so versatile. You can add any flavour and get yourself a delicious butter cookie recipe.

In this post, I will explain to you how to make gift tag cookies using my eggless shortbread cookies at home. If you need details on my butter cookie recipe then I have a separate Blogpost on Classic Shortbread Cookies. There I have listed the recipe instructions in much greater details along with the special instructions for make-ahead and freezing the cookie dough.

Meanwhile let’s check out the ingredients for our homemade edible gift tag cookies.

How to make edible Gift Tag Shortbread Cookies – Ingredients list

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Butter – at room temperature
  • Sugar – granulated
  • Salt
  • Edible Red Food Colour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Peppermint Extract

in order to make the butter cookie dough, we will whisk the butter till it becomes fluffy and then incorporate all the ingredients till it comes together in a lump. The dough is then divided into two parts, one flavoured with vanilla and coloured red and the second flavoured with peppermint flavour. Honestly, it is your choice about the flavours here.

It is going to be a soft and crumbly dough which needs to be gathered and pressed down for resting and chilling. Chilling of the cookie dough is absolutely essential. Not only it relaxes the gluten bonds, but also makes the dough manageable.

Now, roll the cookie dough into 1/2 inch thickness and cut out rectangular strips of 2inches x 4inches. Using alphabet cookie cutters, cut out your message from both these rectangular strips as well as red coloured dough sheet. Replace the message cutouts from sheets with the red ones. Shape them like a tag and punch a hole using a straw. Place them on a baking tray and bake.

Make-ahead or Freezing Option for homemade shortbread cookie recipe

You can bake the gift tag cookies and neatly pack them in sealed plastic wraps beforehand. I would say you can easily bake these cookies 2-3 days ahead of gifting. You can make the butter cookie dough before hand and freeze the dough for later use. This cookie dough has a long shelf life and stays well frozen for at least a month.

In case you are looking for more easy cookie recipes, here are few from my Blog

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Gift Tag Cookie Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Cooling Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Make your edible gifts even more special with these gift tag cookies. I have used my buttery and delicious eggless shortbread cookie recipe to make these homemade cookies in the shape of gift tags, without using any gift tag cookie cutter. It is that simple.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Cookies Recipe, Christmas Recipes, Cookies Recipe, Holiday Baking, Valentine’s Day Recipes
Servings: 12 Cookies
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Red Food Colouring
  • 1 tsp Peppermint Extract
Instructions
  1. Bring the butter to room temperature. Now whisk it in a mixing bowl till it becomes fluffy.
  2. Now add the sugar and salt and whisk till the sugar has dissolved completely.
  3. Now sieve the flour into it and bring everything together using a spatula. If you think it is too crumbly and dry, then add a teaspoon of cold water at a time to bring everything together in a lump.
  4. Take half of the dough and add vanilla extract and red food colouring. Knead it and wrap it in a clingfilm wrap to chill it for 15 minutes.

    Add peppermint extract to the rest of the dough and wrap it to chill.

  5. Pre-heat the oven before baking. Roll it on a floured surface. Don't worry if it cracks, just push the edges inward to bring everything together. Roll till you get ½ of an inch of thickness.

  6. Now, roll the cookie dough into 1/2 inch thickness and cut out rectangular strips of 2inches x 4inches. Using alphabet cookie cutters, cut out your message from both these rectangular strips as well as red coloured dough sheet. Replace the message cutouts from sheets with the red ones. Shape them like a tag and punch a hole using a straw. Place them on a baking tray and bake.

    eep two inches of gap between the cookies. They don't spread but just to avoid crowding.

  7. Repeat with the rest of the dough or keep it in the refrigerator packed in clingfilm wrap till you are ready to bake. You can also shape the dough into a log and wrap in a clingfilm wrap for later use.

  8. Bake it in a pre-heated oven at 180°C or 325°F for 20 minutes. When done the top of cookies should be dry and the bottom should be golden. You will see that the edges are also turning golden.

  9. Take them out and allow them to cool on a wire rack. Later keep them in an airtight container.

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