Are you a baker or cookie maker? I have created a couple cookie tray tags to give with your kitchen creations. This year I am going to be making cookies for gift-giving this holiday season. If you have a favorite cookie or recipe, please share it in the comments.

My inspiration comes from 2 beautiful people, Mary Jane Ford and Donna Schwarz. I have enjoyed their cookie trays for years and decided to embark (in a small way) on the cookie-giving tradition.

First, let me start by giving you an awesome recipe.


GINGER COOKIE RECIPE

I found this recipe for Ginger Cookies and it has become a staple every year. The recipe came from Silver Dollar City theme park baker, Joe Carson, in Branson, Missouri USA. They are sweet and crunchy on the outside and smooth and gingery on the inside. Super Yummy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 3/4 cup shortening (I use butter flavored Crisco)
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • Additional 1/4 cup sugar set aside to roll cookie dough in for coating. I use Turbinado sugar for that extra molasses goodness.

DIRECTIONS

In mixing bow, sift flour, soda, spices, and salt. In a 2nd mixing bowl, cream shortening and 1 cup of sugar until pale and fluffy. Add the molasses and eff. Beat the mixture for one minute. Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until combined. Shape the dough into 1-1/2 inch balls, then roll in sugar – dip them in water – then roll in sugar again. Arrange the balls of dough 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or until light brown on the bottom. Transfer to cooling rack. Yield: 30-36 cookies.


Now on to the tags.

TAGS

There are several ‘kitchen’ themed stamp sets and coordinating dies and embellishments to choose from. Here are my 2 tags for today.

cookie tags

Are you ready to make these for your cookie gifting? Let’s get started. Both tags are essentially the same. Only the focal cookie changes.

MEASUREMENTS & SUPPLIES

  • PAPER
    • Baked Brown Sugar cardstock (retired): 2″ x 4″
      • ALTERNATIVE: Crumb Cake cardstock darkened with Soft Suede ink
    • Thick Very Vanilla cardstock
    • Cherry Cobbler cardstock
  • STAMP SET
    • Nothing’s Better Than
    • Cookie Cutter Christmas (retired)
  • DIES / PUNCHES
    • Love You More Than dies
    • Cookie Cutter punch (retired)
    • Delightful Tag Topper
  • INKS & MARKERS
    • White Craft ink pad
    • Baked Brown Sugar ink pad
    • Soft Suede ink pad
    • Crumb Cake ink pad
    • Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad
  • OTHER SUPPLIES
    • Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack
    • White embossing powder
    • Black embossing powder
    • Checks & Dots embossing folder
    • Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine (retired)
      • ALTERNATIVE: Crumb Cake baker’s twine
      • ALTERNATIVE: Playful Pets Combo Pack (switch to Real Red instead of Cherry Cobbler cardstock if you choose this one)
    • Multipurpose Liquid Glue
    • Dimensionals
  • TOOLS
    • Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine
    • Paper Trimmer & Snips
    • Blending Brushes or sponges
    • Heat Tool
    • hole punch

CREATING AND ASSEMBLING

Tag Background

Punch the tops of the tags with the Delightful Tag Topper punch. Then emboss with the Checks embossing folder.

Cookies

Stamps the cookies as shown and die-cut or punch.

Use a Blending Brush to darken the edges of the round cookies. Add a snowflake embellishment from the Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack.

A white gel pen or Stampin’ Chalk Marker is perfect for ‘icing’ the gingerbread man.

Sentiment

Stamp the sentiment from Nothing’s Better Than stamp set with white ink on Cherry Cobbler cardstock. Add white embossing powder and heat emboss.

Cookie Cooling Rack

Are you wondering about this one? My cookie cooling rack is black and I think it stands out better on the tag. So, how do we make the silver rack black? Easy Peasy. Stamp the entire surface with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Repeat until you have a cooling rack that you like.

change the color with ink and embossing powder

I got 4 racks from the 1 rack in the Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack. Do you want more? Check out the Forever Gold Laser-cut Specialty Paper (retired)? One of the panels looks like a cooling rack mesh. Make it black with ink and black embossing powder.

cookie tag
cookie tag

Have I inspired you to bake cookies and create these cookie tray tags? I sure hope so. Have fun. Invite a friend over to make tags. Maybe get together with family or friends to bake or exchange cookies this year. The important part of all is to have fun, share the joy, create memories, and be thankful for life.

Do you want to see my cookie tag from last year? I was in my gnome phase. LOL! Here is the link.

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A little known fact about me: My nickname growing up was ‘Cookie’

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