Hey Besties! Today we are tackling the easiest way to master cookie platter packaging to present your cookies beautifully and stay fresh! Honestly, this has been a post I’ve been wanting to share for a long time. My daughter and I struggled for a while determining the best way to package cookie platters and I’ve heard many cookiers ask about this. No gatekeeping here! We have figured out an easy way to beautifully package cookie platters, so they look perfect and stay fresh so I’m spilling the tea. Let’s do this!
Individual Vs Platter
The vast majority of our cookies are individually heat sealed and then boxed up before going off to our customers. I shared our favorite heat sealer, individual bags and boxes in THIS post in case you need any resources for individually packaging and presenting.
However, we also love creating fun sugar cookie and also drop cookie platters! And individually packaging these kinds of cookies really takes away from the presentation and can also be wasteful of materials. Sometimes we also have customers who are ordering large platters for celebrations and do not want all the cookies to be individually packaged. These types of situations are perfect for packaging your cookies as a platter!
Using this method allows you to beautifully present your cookies while still locking in the freshness and also securing them!
Cookie Platter Packaging – Materials
We typically use grease-proof cake boards, but have also used plastic platters and this method works just as well. We keep 12″ cake boards in stock which pair perfectly with the 12″ boxes we love. You can certainly use any size cake board, platter or box for your cookies. For the purposes of this post, THESE are the cake boards we use and THESE are the boxes we use.
- GREASE PROOF – Having a cake base that is grease proof is important if you want a sturdy base for your amazing cake. This round cake tray has a laminated layer that prevents the circle board from absorbing grease and moisture and is perfect for presenting your stunning cakes
Seriously can’t say enough good things about these bakery boxes. They are such high quality, sturdy and beautiful with a shiny finish. I wish this company offered them in every size!
The shrink wrap we use is available from Michaels. I will say, I have noticed they are not carrying it in the stores by us any longer, but it is still available from their website. You can find the exact product HERE. Like I said earlier, we tried several different products to successfully shrink wrap our platters and this product has hands down been the best. It’s easy to use, our platters look beautiful, and the cookies stay fresh. It is also easy for customers to remove to serve the platter.
I have looked extensively on Amazon to find a comparable product that is food safe but have not tried them personally. Another cottage baker uses THIS shrink wrap successfully for her goods. And THIS product looks very similar to the Michaels product, but it is in bag form. It may be easier to slide a platter into a bag and seal, or you could cut to the size you want anyway. Regardless, in the age of people wanting to order things from Amazon, I wanted to include a couple alternate options for you. But remember, I have not tried either of these myself.
Platter Packaging Steps
Today we will shrink wrap this platter for St. Patties Day gnome cookies. You can fill a cake board or platter as full as you’d like. Here is how we started:
Next, I cut a piece of shrink wrap slightly larger than my platter, so I have room to fold over the edges. This is simply draped over the cookie platter.
Next, I used about 6 pieces of tape to secure the edges of the shrink wrap to the bottom of the board.
And in this video, you can see me use a hairdryer, blowing on the bottom of the cake board, to shrink wrap the platter. When the heat is applied to the shrink wrap, it quickly tightens it. You can shrink wrap as tight or as loosely as you’d like based on the heat you apply. We like to shrink wrap tight enough that the cookies are secure but not crazy tight since that’s just unnecessary. Using the edge of the table and rotating the platter has been the easiest method I have found to quickly shrink wrap platters myself.
Once heat sealed, we place into our bakery box with paper shred, label and off they go for others to enjoy! If I remember correctly, the first time my daughter and I used this method to shrink wrap a platter, we literally looked at each other and said, “Are you kidding me?!” We had found the holy grail or platter packaging! And now you know too!
This packaging method is also perfect for cookie sets like Mother’s Day cookie vases and other sets that look best when presented together.
It’s as simple as that! At Christmas time, we have a manufacturing line of MANY platters all lined up and we shrink wrap one after the next! What used to be such a pain has now become super simple, quick and we love how professional our orders look.
I hope this post all about cookie platter packaging has been helpful! I sure wish I had this back when we were trying to figure it out! 😜 Make sure you’re subscribed to receive our weekly newsletter! Never miss out on a new recipe, technique, product recommendation or Featured Baker! Happy Baking Besties!
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