Edible Gift Boxes

If you want to do some of the work ahead of time, make the dough and cut out and bake the panels and freeze them until you are ready to[ assemble them.]

Total Time:
51 hr
Prep:
3 hr
Inactive:
48 hr

Yield:
6 boxes
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • One recipe Sugar Cookies
  • All-purpose flour, for rolling out the dough
  • One recipe Royal Icing
  • Cornstarch or vinegar, to thicken Royal Icing
  • Cookies or candy, for filling boxes
  • Ribbon, optional
Directions
  • Special equipment: piping bags with medium and small tips

  • Make the dough for sugar cookies: Dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour. Place the dough on top. Dust with more flour and top with another sheet of parchment. Roll it out to 1/8-inch thickness and chill until firm, about 20 minutes.

  • Cut the pieces: Measure and cut six panels for each box: a 4" x 4" top and bottom, two 4" by 2" sides and two 3 3/4" by 2" sides. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them out.

  • Bake and cool all pieces according to recipe instructions, reducing cooking time as needed. To create the perfect right angles after cooling, use a fine kitchen rasp to file the edges, making them nice and straight.

  • Thicken some royal icing: Thicken about 2 cups of the royal icing with either cornstarch and a couple of drops of vinegar, or extra confectioners' sugar, to get the consistency of caulk. Fit a pastry bag with a medium round tip and fill it with the thickened icing.

  • Make the boxes: Using royal icing, attach the four walls to the bottom and to each other. The longer walls will face each other. Leave the tops for the end. Let the boxes dry 24 hours before adding finishing touches. Store remaining royal icing with plastic wrap touching the surface.

  • When dry, use a paring knife to trim off excess overflowing icing so the outside of the box has a clean finish.

  • Decorate: Fit small round tips into piping bags. Divide the remaining royal icing into batches and color as desired. Fill bags with icing and pipe neat lines along the seams of the box first. Then go back and pipe little dots along the piped lines to create more interest. At this point, you can decorate the box and lid however you want. Do some pencil sketches on paper first to get an idea of what you might like. Then go for it.

  • Let the icing dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours. Fill with treats of your choosing, tie with a ribbon and present.


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