Pretty Ribbon Sugar Cookie Gifts

Posted on August 17, 2015 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments


I like to make simple sugar cookies into beautiful gifts by adding a pretty ribbon and assorted toppings....and, these are some of my favorites!

Here's how I did it...

1. Use your favorite sugar cookie recipe (I've included mine below found on and roll out your dough as usual.

2. Using a large round cookie cutter, cut out your cookies and then use a small round cookie cutter to cut out the centers.

3. Bake according to your recipe's instructions.

4. I used white confectionery coating and assorted candy toppings to create various color and textural effects.

5. When cool and dry, select any ribbon of your choice and have tying the cookies up.  You can add gift tags, jingle bells, and other embellishments to really make these cookies special. By just switching out the ribbon, these cookies can be perfect additions for your Christmas, Easter, or Valentine celebrations.




These ribboned cookies were made much the same way only instead of punching out a hole with a cookie cutter, I used a toothpick to make a hole in the dough about the diameter of a pencil before baking.  When they were done baking, the hole was just large enough to fit a piece of thin ribbon through.  This idea is great for hanging cookies on Christmas trees, festive garland, or even gift boxes!



Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

YIELD: 3 dozen cookies

30 minutes 6-8 minutes 38 minutes

Soft cut out sugar cookie recipe that keeps its shape and dough does not need to be chilled before baking- perfect edges every time!


  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 1 Cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in extracts and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be very stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface and cut. You want these cookies to be on the thicker side (closer to 1/4 inch rather than 1/8).
  6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

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Muffin Gifts

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

Few things get me more excited than pretty ribbon.  It's often the difference between something ordinary and a beautiful gift.  In this case, I took simple muffin loaves, wrapped them with strips of parchment paper and tied with pretty ribbon.  Voila! Breakfast is now really special!  Use this idea to make Christmas or Easter continental breakfast festive.  Or, tie pink or red ribbon for Valentine's Day for a simple breakfast in bed.  A picnic basket with ribboned muffins or sweet breads makes the outing so sweet. 




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Sweet School Days

Posted on August 10, 2015 by Melissa Stephens | 0 Comments

It's that time of year....why not sweeten things up for the kiddos with a back-to-school chocolate treat.  

We made this adorable sweet lunch with a simple sugar cookie recipe, a square cookie cutter (bent slightly to resemble a slice of bread), a bit of peanut butter and jelly, and our Teacher's Apple cordial cherry...all packaged up in checked ribbon and a miniature paper lunch bag (purchased from Hobby Lobby 


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