Cookie monsters are a special breed. It doesn't matter how old we get, or how refined our palates may be, we love nothing more than a petite treat (often with a glass of milk.) If you know someone who's part of the crew, then check out this gift guide. It's got something for every stage: the baking, decorating, eating—and proclaiming our love for—cookies.
With the amount of freshly baked cookies lying around my house, I'm surprised that I don't keep them in something nicer than Tupperware containers. These cookie jars would be the perfect solution, though I can't tell which I love more—the stylish dachshund in a sweater or the "Shaggy Yak Cookie Jar." Available at Anthropologie.
Grown Up Sprinkles
I'm a big fan of kid-friendly, colorful, fun cookies, but sometimes I like to make an elegant cookie plate for a dinner party. This trio of sprinkles, which includes 1/2 cup each of silver shimmer sugar, snowflake sprinkles, and white pearls, is the perfect gift for the grown-up baker in your life. King Arthur Flour, $12.95.
12 Days of Christmas Cookie Stamps
Maybe you know someone who's big on baking but doesn't have the time to hand decorate their cookies. This stamped cookie sheet will be the perfect gift: it imprints every cookie with an illustration for the 12 days of Christmas, no sprinkles required.
Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy
This is far and away one of my favorite cookie cookbooks. The recipes are all delicious and, best of all, they're divided the way I really think about my cookies.
Cookie Loves Milk Tee
This happy tee is for the cookie eating traditionalist, or the friend with an interesting t-shirt collection.
Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate Baking Chunks
The winner of our chocolate chip taste test a few years back was Scharffen Berger, at least in what we termed the "fancy pants" category. I still use this brand when I'm making chocolate chip cookies for guests (and heck, often for myself.) Plus, what's Christmas if not the time to give awesome gifts that people might not buy themselves? Available online and at many supermarkets.
Macaron Trinket Box
What's cuter than a macaron? A Limoge-style trinket box that looks like a macaron. From Etsy
Stacked Cooling Rack
I don't have a ton of counter space. But when I make cookies, especially Christmas cookies, I like to make them in big, giftable batches. That's when this stacked cooling rack would come in handy. It can hold multiple baking sheets in its vertical tiers. Good for bakers with big ideas and tiny apartments.
ClairesSquaresAbout the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios
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