Crack open one of these pretty Christmas Gift Cookies to find candy hiding inside. These sweet treats are as fun to make as they are to eat.
Hi Everyone! It's Kim, The Partiologist. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are ready to start wrapping your Christmas Gifts. Meaning, edible Surprise Inside Christmas Gift Cookies.
Yes, I know the surprise inside cookie has been around for quite some time, however, NOT everyone has heard of the surprise inside cookie. I know this because, while on my last shopping trip, I started visiting with a sweet gal in the Christmas baking isle. She picked up a set of two cutters, both in the shape of a present, trying to figure out what they meant by the "treat inside". She said to me, "you must not bake anything chocolate in the cookie or it would melt, right?"
That was all I needed, a cookie question I could answer and pretty soon we were best friends. Which made me realize, NOT everyone looks online at cookies everyday. So for those, I decided to put together a tutorial of the Surprise Inside Gift Cookie.
Hanging in the isle were several sets of two cookie cutters.
The large cutter is for the base and the top and the small cutter is to cut out an opening in the middle cookie.
I told my new best friend, that she didn't need to buy that set if she already had a gift cookie cutter, which she did. All she needed was a rectangle cutter to cut out the opening in the middle cookie.
Not only would the gift work, how about a surprise inside snowflake cookie with snowflakes, or a surprise inside stocking with lumps of coal inside...oh the possibilities are endless.
The first photo is the set I found at Wal-Mart.
When I came home, I found these three that I thought would make super cute surprise inside cookies.
I used one of the rectangles to cut the center cookie.
Roll out the sugar cookie cough.
Cut three gift cookie shapes.
Cut the center out of one cookie. Either using a rectangle cutter or cut with a knife.
After baking the cookies, place one cookie on the counter.
Top it with the cookie that has the center cut out, by piping a little icing on the back.
Now you're ready to fill the cookie with a surprise.
I decided to use candy cane sprinkles and mini M&M's.
Again, showing how I stacked the frame cookie on the base cookie.
Filled the frame and piped a little more frosting around the frame to hold the top cookie on.
Place the top cookie on and your surprise is secretly enclosed.
Mix up a batch of royal icing and divide it into red, green, and white.
Pipe the base of the cookie with white royal icing.
After it dries a couple of hours, start piping red stripes diagonally across the cookie.
After you pipe all the red stripes, come back and add green stripes.
Fit the red frosting with a #101 petal tip to make the bow.
Now you've got the perfect gift!
Be sure to check out all my fun Christmas Recipes!