Cookie Box Prep Timeline

Photography, Food Styling, and Recipe Development by Erin Clarkson

The best way to impress loved ones at your next cookie swap? Bring along your own version of our Holiday Cookies cover star: an epic cookie box filled with a collage of homemade holiday cookies and sweets. In our latest special issue, crafty baking blogger Erin Clarkson, the brains behind the blog Cloudy Kitchen and our cover, guides us through the step-by-step process of designing, filling, and arranging a spectacular cookie box. Most importantly, she gave us an excellent timeline to show us how to turn three days of work into one incredible cookie box!

Note: Each of these recipes can be found in our Holiday Cookies Special Issue

Day One
Make Chocolate Cookies for Pinky Bar Cookies
Make Salted Caramel for Pinky Bar Cookies 
Make Raspberry Jam Filling for Shortbread Linzer Cookies
Bake Earl Grey Rollout Cookies
Make Marshmallow for Dark Chocolate Rocky Road and Pinky Bar Cookies
Assemble Pinky Bar Cookies (with still-warm Raspberry Marshmallow)

Day Two 
Bake Shortbread Linzer Cookies 
Make Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles
Make Sprinkle Macarons (rest in the refrigerator over night)
Make Dark Chocolate Rocky Road

Day Three
Assemble Shortbread Linzer Cookies
Make Hokey Pokey Candy 
Ice Earl Grey Rollout Cookies with Lemon Royal Icing 
Assemble Cookies in Box


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