Christmas Cookie Packaging Tips for Allergy Safety

Holidays bring joy, cheer, and wonderful treats. While it is the best time of year to share your yummy baking, it is important to remember not everyone can enjoy them. Unfortunately, food allergies are very common and can be life threatening. But by baking allergy friendly cookies and decorating your packages with allergy labels, you can ensure everyone will get to taste your traditional treats!

Whether they have a food allergy or a restrictive diet, there are a few common foods that should be labeled for safety. These ingredients include –

  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts
  • Soy
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Wheat
  • Egg

 

Safe Cookie Packaging Ideas –

Depending on the severity of their allergies, certain people cannot eat food that has come in contact with their food allergen. In these cases, it is important to separate different cookies into individual containers. From school bake sales to holiday parties there are a few things to keep in mind when packing up your Christmas cookies. Below we have a few adorable ideas on how to safely store and share your homemade treats.

  1. After wrapping up your container, add a gift tag. Depending on the ingredients, imprint a “gluten-free”, “egg-free”, “may contain peanuts” warning on the tag using an allergy stamp.
  2. Type out your recipe on your computer and print it out. Use cute washi tape and stick the list of ingredients straight onto the package for all to see.
  3. Create your own food notice label with added holiday themes. For example – “Cookies made by Elves who carefully mixed out cookie batter with eggs, dairy, peanuts, and holiday spirit”, or “Mrs. Claus’s Favorite Cookies made with…”.
  4. Place your cookies in a box. Wrap the box with brown craft paper. Use this canvas to add festive drawings and sayings using colorful markers. Add adorable holiday craft stamps that display snowflakes, snowmen, and reindeer!

 

Allergy-Friendly Cookie Recipes –

As for baking delicious allergy-friendly cookies, we have provided two tried and true treats that will ring in the holiday spirit. These classic recipes are tasty and safe for people with food restrictions.

 

Classic Sugar Cookie – Egg Free

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks margarine, softened
  • 2 Tbsp regular or milk-free cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Knead dough in the bowl by hand a few times until it forms a cohesive mass
  2. Shape into two disks and put these in the refrigerator until they are cold – about an hour
  3. Heat oven to 375 °F
  4. Roll out one disk of dough in between two sheets of parchment
  5. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness and cut with cookie cutters
  6. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes on middle rack, or until light golden brown.

Recipe Courtesy of Anna McCarthy

 

 

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies – Gluten, Dairy Free & Nut Free

  • 1 and ¼ cups basic gluten-free flour mix
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup Earth Balance Original Buttery Spread
  • ⅓ cup Vanilla Rice Milk
  • ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and ½ teaspoons peppermint extract
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • Powdered sugar for rolling
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 and grease a baking sheet.
  2. Combine and mix flour, cocoa, xanthan, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer, combine the butter and rice milk, mixing on medium speed for until blended. Add the vanilla, peppermint and sugar. Mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix on medium speed
  5. Scoop out the dough.
  6. Once the dough is formed into balls, roll it in a small bowl of powdered sugar until well coated and then place on the cookie sheet.
  7. Baker at the center of the oven for 7-9 minutes.

Recipe Courtesy of AllergyAwesome.com

 

 

We hope your holidays are full of fantastic food and memories. Ensure your friends and family members are safe at all festive outings by making sure food is properly labeled. Whether you bake for your family Christmas party or a school bake sale, using ingredient stamps can prevent a holiday catastrophe. Hopefully, we’ve provided you with some baking inspiration to help you celebrate the season! We would love to see your decorated packages and delicious holiday cookies. Share your photos with us by tagging @SimplyStamps and be sure to follow us on social media for more of our creative ideas, and new products!

 


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