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These favors are vanilla and chocolate sandwich cookies. Each cellophane packet is wrapped with a band of Japanese-patterned paper and has a sweet sentiment about marriage tucked inside.
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Give guests a sweet send-off by stacking cookies in cellophane bags with sturdy bases. Finish with a heart sticker made with a craft punch. Lattice Heart Large Craft Punch, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels, michaels.com. 3-by-11-inch hard round-bottom bag, Glerup Revere, rgroup.com. Macaroons, Kee's Chocolates.
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Monogrammed favors are wedding classics. Stack iced cookies back to back, wrap in cellophane, and tie ends with ribbon. Monograms can also be made by cutting dough into letters or twisting ropes of it into shapes. An initial could be in contrasting dough, or piped onto still-wet icing.
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Share romantic wishes with your guests in homemade chocolate cookies. Handwrite or photocopy lines from classic love poems, or make up your own fortunes; the strips of paper should be about 6 inches long and a little less than 1/2 inch wide.
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Homemade Cookie Buffet
Make some homemade cookies and let your guests choose their favorites. Set out glassine-lined bags and seals for packaging cookies to go.
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Pastelitos de boda (wedding cookies) are a traditional dessert at Mexican weddings. Made with walnuts, pecans, or almonds, they're a sweet way to thank guests for sharing the day. To give as favors, tuck two into a tiny clear box along with a note imprinted with a fitting sentiment or your wedding date. Type on a computer, print on colored vellum, then cut the messages into tiny strips.
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Homemade key lime cookies are a delicious variation on Florida's famed Key lime pie and make a great regional favor.
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Add a surprising detail to iced sugar cookies using ordinary rubber stamps; the ink here is liquid food coloring. Choose one design or a few (you can also have stamps custom-made at an office-supply store).
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These containers were made to look like humble brown-paper bags, but that's where the resemblance ends. Sweet and crunchy, they can hold fruit or candy and can be offered as a take-home favor.
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Make an impression on guests by adding eye-catching detail to basic cookies with ordinary rubber stamps, which come in a wide range of designs, or ceramic cookie stamps.
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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Turn a childhood favorite into a treat to welcome out-of-towners by offering pints of milk paired with cookies (shown are pumpkin whoopie pies from One Girl Cookies bakery). Place desserts in cellophane and tie with twine; put them, along with the drinks, in frosted bags and refrigerate until guests arrive.
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Miniature Cookie Jar
It's only fitting to give cookies in a jar -- this one is tiny in size but big in old-fashioned charm. The mini store-bought cookies inside include chocolate chip, oatmeal cranberry, and shortbread currant. Embellish the jar with a ribbon-tied tag and a homemade label (affix with double-sided tape).
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A color unifies a selection of cookies. Here, pink goodies, both store-bought treats and homemade shortbread stripes, are set out on a tiered bistro stand. A menu states the choices. The cellophane bags come with cardboard bottoms, which we lined with pink glassine to match the theme. Pink ribbon with striped tags tie bags closed.
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Elegant Cookie Cubes
For a sophisticated favor, stack cookies in a plastic box lined with your monogram on all sides. To line box, scan calligraphed initials and print onto card stock; back with glassine using double-sided tape. Score and fold to fit in box.
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Basic sugar cookies become elegant favors when stacked to resemble miniature wedding cakes and topped with sugar flowers. Each sugar-cookie cake was spread with royal icing, then assembled once the frosting was set.
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