The 20 Best Gifts for Cookie Lovers

From tools to mail-order cookies, these are a few of our favorite things to give.

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Best Gifts for Cookie Lovers
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Soft and chewy chocolate chip. Marmalade-filled Linzers. Pillowy, spongy Madeleines. Cookies are always a delight, no matter what shape, size, flavor, or consistency you're looking for. If you have a cookie lover in your life, these treats may be just as fun to gift as they are to eat.

We asked several bakers what they would give to their loved ones, and many recommended gifts are baked and shipped on the same day, can be frozen for months at a time, and quickly heated up in the oven — a gift that keeps on giving. If you're prepared to eat them in one go, our experts note that most freshly made shipped cookies can last three to five days on the counter if they're soft and chewy or up to two weeks if they're hard and crunchy before quality starts to diminish.

From Milk Bar to Levain and a host of great bakeries that ship through Goldbelly, there's no shortage of quality bakers offering to ship individually wrapped cookies straight to your door. If you want to keep freshness at its peak, every expert we spoke with suggests tightly wrapping them in plastic, throwing them in the freezer, and warming them up one by one at 350 degrees in the oven for five minutes or until warm and soft.

In this roundup, we've included all kinds of cookie-adjacent presents — each endorsed by at least two of our pro sources. From already-made cookies (for those who prefer instant gratification and skipping the mess of baking) to cookie cutters and pro-level baking tools, read on for the 20 cookie gifts that made our list.

Our Top Picks

Oxo Cookie Press

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Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Sur La Table.

If you know someone who can't get enough Linzer cookies and raspberry thumbprints, this cookie press is a no-brainer as a gift. With a dozen stainless steel cookie disks to choose from — featuring patterns for nearly every occasion (think sunflowers, wreaths, snowflakes, and hearts), this Oxo Cookie Press is the key to the neatly pressed cookie platter of your dreams. The best part? Zero hand strain thanks to an ergonomic paddle lever.

Price at time of publish: $34

Le Creuset Revolution Medium Spatula

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Courtesy of Le Creuset

No cookie lover's kitchen is complete without a trusty spatula. And while the concept of a spatula as a gift may not sound impressive, the sleek, countertop-worthy Le Creuset Revolution Medium Spatula is an exception. The rounded, flexible handle offers increased control and a safe grip when mixing and folding your favorite cookie batter. It's easy to clean and is available in a range of bright colors. Consider gifting a set of two or three as a complete set.

Price at time of publish: $17

Breville Handy Mix Scraper

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Courtesy of Amazon

Every cookie lover needs a reliable mixer with a powerful motor, an ergonomic handle, and a lightweight design. The Breville Handy Mix Scraper is the secret weapon for creaming butter and sugar together for cookie dough or whisking heavy cream into fluffy whipped cream. As a bonus, the Breville includes a lineup of impressive features that make this tool a great gift, from an LED light and built-in timer to accessories like dough hooks and balloon whisks.

Price at time of publish: $148

Matfer Bourgeat Nylon Rolling Pin

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Courtesy of Amazon

Most cookie lovers have a rolling pin tucked away in a kitchen drawer, but we're willing to bet it's nothing compared to this French-made, dowel-style Matfer Bourgeat Nylon Rolling Pin. With unparalleled balance and an easy-to-clean surface, this pin makes rolling cookie dough an effortless task. As the personal favorite of baking guru Dorie Greenspan, it's an excellent option if you're looking to treat someone you love to a baking tool that'll last a lifetime.

Price at time of publish: $125

Chocolate Lovers Cookie Gift Box

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Courtesy of Levain Bakery

Crispy on the outside and gooey at the center, Levain Bakery makes cookies to order, does gift wrapping, and ships nationwide in four, eight, and 12 six-ounce cookie gift boxes. They're so fresh that even if you ship them across the country, they still taste like they were baked just hours earlier. The same can be said if you decide to freeze them and heat them up three months later. Note that they last one week fresh, but if you freeze them, you can extend their life for up to six months.

Price at time of publish: $49

Monthly Cookie Subscription

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Courtesy of Goldbelly

If you or someone you love fancies all types of cookies — chocolate chunk, black and white, rainbow, ginger snap, truffle stuffed, chocolate dipped, filled with cream — then make their sweet dreams come true with the monthly cookie subscription from Goldbelly. Receive a monthly selection of fresh-baked cookies from some of the nation's most beloved bakeries. Cookies can be eaten on the spot or frozen and saved for later.

Price at time of publish: $50

A Year of Cookie Cutters

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Courtesy of Crateandbarrel

Cookie cutters come in all kinds of fun shapes, whether you're looking for snowflakes or butterflies. If you can't decide what shape someone would like best, consider Crate & Barrel's A Year of Cookie Cutters set. It includes all sorts of styles and shapes to celebrate every month of the year, from hearts and clovers to tulips, sunglasses, pumpkins, and turkeys.

DGR Baking Mix

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Courtesy of Dry Goods Refillery

Dry Goods Refillery creates custom baking mixer jars — a fun, sustainable way to share the best cookies without overbuying ingredients that typically come with baking up a fresh tray of cookies. Beautifully layered in glass jars and ready to bake in minutes, even the most amateur (or youngest) bakers can be a part of the fun. Popular flavors include the "Cowboy Cookies" with rolled oats, semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and cinnamon, and the toffee crunch blondie with toffee bits and walnuts.

Price at time of publish: $16

Silpat Perfect Cookie Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

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High-quality baking products help set you up for success. So for the bakers in your life, treat them to professional silicone baking mats from Silpat. Some of the finest bakers in France use this step up from traditional parchment paper to evenly distribute heat, resulting in perfectly baked cookies and cleanup that can be done in a flash. As an added bonus, they're infinitely reusable, too.

Price at time of publish: $28

DIY Cookie Shot Decorating Kit

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Courtesy of The Dirty Cookie Oc

Boeing executive turned cookie entrepreneur Shahira Marei's The Dirty Cookie adds a creative spin to the traditional cookie shot. Shaped like a shot glass, these treats are available in four flavors (churro, chocolate chip, red velvet, and double chocolate) and incorporate holiday designs (Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Diwali) and other themes like back to school, football, and graduation. The DIY decorating kits include sprinkles, edible decorations, and cookie glasses, and the website offers recipes for cookie cocktails to make at home.

Price at time of publish: $40

KitchenAid Mixer Sifter & Scale Attachment

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Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Williams Sonoma.

This sifter and scale attachment (for KitchenAid stand mixers, although you can also use it without one) is among the best for baking. This tool delivers consistent, fluffy flour directly into the mixing bowl with an easy, hands-free design. Plus, the digital scale measures and sifts your ingredients — a convenience of multiple tools in one.

Price at time of publish: $129

Mini Cast-Iron Skillet

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Courtesy of Crate And Barrel

Also available at Crate & Barrel.

For fans of cookie skillets, this small cast iron skillet from Lodge is just about the right size to replicate the dessert at home. (Don't forget the scoop of ice cream on top.) Ready to use and pre-seasoned, this skillet has superior heat retention but can also keep cool to serve chilled salads, desserts, and cold dishes.

Price at time of publish: $12

All Season Cast Iron Cookie Stamps

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Courtesy of Amazon

Also available at Williams Sonoma.

Cookie stamps allow you to press patterns and designs into the dough. This Nordic Ware set has three different patterns, each suited for three-inch round cookies. The product description notes to avoid washing in the dishwasher and that the prints "will not be as defined" on refrigerated dough and dough made from pre-packaged mixes. You don't just have to stick to the patterns shown, either—Nordic Ware also offers a "Starry Night" set, a "Spooky" set that looks perfect for Halloween, a "Yuletide" set, and more.

Price at time of publish: $44

Cookies Are Magic: Classic Cookies, Brownies, Bars, and More

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Anyone from a novice baker to an all-out pro will appreciate this book filled with endless cookie recipes. The late Maida Heatter's Cookies Are Magic offers nearly 100 of her most iconic recipes, from chocolate and peanut butter ripples to coconut grove cookies to tart lemon bars.

Price at time of publish: $28

Celebrate With Cookies Gift Box

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Courtesy of Deweys

Produced in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, treat a cookie-obsessed pal to this Dewey's gift box. Made with simple ingredients (no preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors), these thin, oh-so-crunchy cookies smell as if they have just come out of the oven and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee or tea. Flavors range from Meyer lemon to ginger spice and classic sugar.

Price at time of publish: $35

Edible Cookie Dough Taster

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Courtesy of Cookie Donyc

If you've got a cookie lover in your life, rock their world with an edible — and safe to eat! — cookie dough sampler. One of New York City's most popular cookie dough makers, DŌ's combo pack features a selection of classic and fan-favorite flavors. You'll find flavors like chocolate chip, cake batter, sugar cookie, brookie (brownie and chocolate chip), s'mores, and even "dunkadōo" (sugar cookie with vanilla icing, sprinkle dust, and graham cookies).

Price at time of publish: $40

Homemade Cookie Jar

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Courtesy of Crate And Barrel

You certainly don't need a cookie jar to store cookies, but if you know an avid baker (who takes pride in the fact that they bake all their cookies from scratch), it will make a thoughtful gift. The simple design on this one will match any decor — it's dishwasher-safe, too.

Price at time of publish: $30

David's Cookies Mini Cookies Tin

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Courtesy of Davids Cookies

Beyond the gooey goodness that is David's Cookies, this is one of the best value cookie gift boxes on the market. For $40, treat someone to 54 (yes, 54!) mini cookie bites in a handful of flavors. Think chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, and red velvet. Even better, cookies are baked to order the same day they are shipped. If you pop them in the oven, they'll taste like you baked them yourself.

Price at time of publish: $40

Milk Bar Picnic Starter Pack

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Courtesy of Milk Bar Store

Milk Bar is a favorite among cookie lovers everywhere, so why not treat your special someone to the ultimate variety pack. Packed with half a dozen different cookies plus a selection of signature truffles, this treat box is sure to please. Flavors include chocolate chip cookies, strawberry shortcake truffles, confetti cookies, and more.

Souper Cubes Prep & Save Cookie Dough Freezer Tray (Set of 2)

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Also available at Food52.

Freezing cookie dough is a great way to split up a batch and have ready-to-bake portioned cookies on hand. You can do it with supplies like a baking sheet, parchment paper, plastic wrap, and a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Or, give this tray from Souper Cubes a try — it's specifically designed for freezing cookie dough, with a capacity for ten pieces each. They're made of food-grade silicone and dishwasher-safe, with lids to seal in everything.

Price at time of publish: $30

Conclusion

Deciding which gift to give the cookie lover in your life comes down to whether or not they enjoy baking or want to learn. If they would rather skip the mess, you can't go wrong with one of our baker-approved cookie gift boxes or subscription services, like Levain or Goldbelly. However, if the person is all for getting their hands filled with dough and sugar, treat them to a tool that'll serve them for years, such as a cookie dough freezer tray, French-made baking mat, or a mixer sifter.

The Research

After extensively researching this topic, we spoke to nearly a dozen chefs to get their personal recommendations on the best cookie gifts on the market. Each product on this list was suggested and vetted by at least two experts. We then read hundreds of reviews, compared their responses, and created our final lineup.

Our Expertise

Clarissa Buch Zilberman is an acclaimed food writer with nearly a decade of experience. She consulted nearly a dozen bakers and dessert pros to get their suggestions on the best gifts for cookie lovers, including Hallie Meyer, Jessie Sheehan, Caroline Schiff, Eliana Aponte, Anne White, Megan Phelan, Renata Ameni, Zachary Schmahl, and Rachel Garcia.

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