6 Giant Cookies That Are the Ideal Edible Christmas Gift
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It just isn’t Christmas without cookies. From frosting-covered ones to jam-filled ones, cookies are one of the most universally loved holiday treats around. While baking a traditional batch of your favorites is a must this holiday season, we also love the idea of surprising your nearest and dearest with a giant cookie creation like the ones listed below. Not only are they completely unexpected, you can also pack them up in a pizza box and write a heartfelt message on each one in icing. Now how’s that for season’s greetings?!
Santa Skillet Cookie (pictured above)
Your friends and family are sure to be amazed when they spot the eight cleverly hidden Kris Kringles in this playful skillet cookie. You’ll use prepared sugar cookie dough to form the chewy base and a fun assortment of red sanding sugar, colored icings and pearl dragees for the decoration. Follow our expert tip and slice the cookie into eight pieces before decorating it to give yourself a visual reference for where to place your tiny Santas. Trust us — it’s an ambitious way to guarantee yourself a spot on this year’s “nice” list.
Each bite of this larger-than-life gingerbread cookie contains hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ginger to make those fretful winter nights all the more delightful. We love the idea of pairing it with a big bag of Molly Yeh’s delectable Gingerbread Snack Mix and a jar of Food Network Kitchen’s festive Gingerbread Spice Mix to create the ultimate spicy gift set.
If you have someone in your life who prefers cookies that have both sweet and salty elements, look no further than this giant oatmeal cookie. Not only is it loaded up with yummy mix-ins like hearty rolled oats, sweet chocolate chips and crunchy honey-roasted peanuts, it also contains tart bursts of dried cranberries to give you a fun, seasonal take on the traditional “kitchen sink” cookie.
If you know someone who can't get enough of this classic treat, this nutty and buttery Peanut Butter Blossom cookie is sure to be a hit. Though our test kitchen uses a giant Hershey Kiss in the center like this one, we also love the idea of replacing it with a few generous handfuls of green and red chocolate-coated candies too.
Since there’s a very high probability that classic-sized snickerdoodles are already on your Christmas baking list, this jumbo version is a must-make. Before baking, you’ll cover your giant cookie in a mouthwatering blend of sugar and cinnamon, which will give it the signature crackly and chewy texture we all know and love.
Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are your (cookie) branches — that’s the first thing that’ll come to mind when you pull this adorable tree-shaped cookie cake out of the oven. Not only is it a great way to combine several desserts in one — you’ll use any leftover cookie dough scraps to make your tree’s edible ornaments — decorating it is also an extra-special way for kids of all ages to show off their holiday cheer.