Sparkly Holiday Gift Tag Cookies

I’m not a baker nor would I ever aspire to be one. I’d rather author a book, design my own house, or shop for a living than to bake everyday (although that could be fun). But that doesn’t mean I can’t make the CUTEST gift tag cookies EVER! And if I can bake these adorb cookies w/o a rolling pin, cookie cutter, baking sheet, or even a working oven…so can you!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve baked some sparkly holiday gift tag cookies. I’m sure you can’t finish reading this post w/o either salivating or thinking that these are the cutest edible things you’ve ever seen. 

Here goes…

gift tag cookiesI told you so…

gift tag cookies4I made vanilla-sugar cookie dough from a mix. I cheated, it’s not from scratch (told you I’m not a baker). Once you complete the mixing step and allow dough to chill, roll dough out to 1/4″. I didn’t have a rolling pin so I used a tall round glass. Works just as well!

gift tag cookies6To create the gift tag shape, place a gift tag on top of dough and cut along the edge. I used a pizza cutter. 

gift tag cookies7To create the gift tag hole, I used an olive oil nozzle. 

gift tag cookies8Voila!

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Cookies are ready to be baked. I didn’t have a cookie baking sheet so I used the flat bottom surface of a pie pan. AND b/c our oven was broken, I had to bake these in our tiny pizza oven toaster which is quite temperamental. 

gift tag cookies92Once your vanilla-sugar gift tag cookies are done baking, take them out to rest and allow to cool. Time for frosting (candy glue). Making frosting is super easy- just add powder sugar w/ lime or lemon juice. No measurement just eye ball it. If it’s too runny, add more powder, vice versa. This candy glue is also great for gluing candies onto ginger bread houses. 

gift tag cookies93First add round sugar pearls to the border of the tag hole. Don’t add the frosting onto the entire cookie b/c it dries too fast. Once you are done w/ the pearls, the frosting may be too dry to stick to the sugar crystals. One step at a time. 

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Silver sugar pearls + gold shimmer sugar.

gift tag cookies95Spread the frosting onto the remainder of the cookie. Ignore that the edges of my cookies are burnt. Told you that my tiny oven toaster was temperamental! 

gift tag cookies3Add gold sparkling sugar. Obviously, you can add whatever color you’d like or even leave it blank and write To and From’s on it (with writing icing). Allow to set and harden in the fridge. This may take up to 2 hrs. 

gift tag cookies5Add gift tag cookies to those special holiday gifts!

gift tag cookies96Yummy and gorgeous!

gift tag cookies2And of course I can’t overcome all those obstacles to bake these gift tag cookies and not enjoy them! So delish!!

What’s your favorite goodies to bake for the holidays?

If you want to be an overachiever & bake these vanilla-sugar cookies from scratch, here’s a great recipe. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…

Happy Friday!



26 thoughts on “Sparkly Holiday Gift Tag Cookies

  1. what a neat idea! I’m going to have to try this next year…very creative and a good way to share your christmas cookies.


  2. That’s a great idea ! I guess I could even write names on the back with a cooking pen or something 🙂


  3. Omg I’m hungry after reading this. Those cookies look so good and a very cute idea. I’m not much of a baker. However that might be something worth trying this weekend. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. Awesome idea! And I totally relate to the “not baking” thing. My husband turned to me out of the blue the other day and said “you know the one thing you DON’T do?” I waited with anticipation…this ought to be good…”you don’t BAKE during the holidays. You don’t bake ever”. That’s it? After 5 years of marriage, THAT’S your ONE complaint? Is that I don’t bake? Damn you are a lucky man! I’m gonna try your idea…perhaps this is the key to me being PERFECT in his eyes! Thanks for the idea!


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