October 1, 2009

Merci Beaucookie!

by IsaChandra

When we do favors we do them out of the kindness of our heart and shouldn’t really expect much in return, but wouldn’t a thank you be so much more heartfelt if you could eat it? Cookies show that you really mean it. Mean it enough to spend a half hour in the kitchen whipping up a batch.

I’ve been trying to make it a point to thank people more often, which means baking more often. This week I had two people to thank but I didn’t really have anything fancy to pack the cookies in. Yes, a plastic baggy full of cookies is a wonderful gift, but I wanted something a little more impressive. Turns out that empty tea boxes are the perfect vehicle for cookies and they’re the kind of thing everyone has around the house. And if they’re not empty, pull out a couple of bags and voila!

To make them even cuter, and also to provide a little padding, line the bottom with a few extra tea packets that you think will go well with the cookies. Here I’ve chosen some cranberry tea to go with cranberry white chocolate cookies. You can’t see them because they’re hidden but I promise they are there! You can use the inside of the box as your card. This one was for the guy at the bike shop that put my seat on after it had been stolen. He also put on my lights, which is very cool because usually trying to figure out those light straps ends with me and a roll of duct tape and a lot of cursing. But the reason I really wanted to thank him was that if you’ve ever been an idiot in a bike shop, you’ll notice that the employees pretty much treat you like an idiot in a bike shop. But this guy was really nice about it, so he gets cookies!

Some glittery kitty cat stickers would have been cute, too.

On this, the first evening of VeganMoFo, how about figuring out who you could thank? Even if it’s for some silly reason. Hint: No one has ever baked me cookies!

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:17 am: Becca Elouise

    I love the tea box idea! Genius.

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:57 am: Josiane

    How sweet! That’s the kind of “thank you” that would make anyone extra happy!
    Also: I love the ‘franglais’ play on words of your post title :)

  • October 1, 2009 at 2:23 am: jeni treehugger

    AWESOME recycling skillz.

  • October 1, 2009 at 2:38 am: Nora

    That is such a great idea, Isa. You’re the cutest.

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:10 am: The Voracious Vegan

    This is an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:56 am: tanita

    Happy Vegan Month! Come for the recipes, stay for the cool recycling ideas. Like that tea box!

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:58 am: melanie eight

    that’s an awesome idea. martha would be so proud of you!! ;)

  • October 1, 2009 at 4:13 am: Mihl

    I really love this idea, especially with the tea bags stuffed in between.

  • October 1, 2009 at 4:30 am: Roisin

    I’d be too scared to make you cookies!

  • October 1, 2009 at 4:56 am: Seitan Said Dance

    What a great idea!

    I suspect no one bakes you cookies because they’re afraid you’d be disappointed because they’d almost certainly come out better if you did it yourself. That said, next time you’re in NYC, if you come to a PPK meetup, I’ll bake you cookies (I have a lot to thank you – and Terry – for; if not for your books and The PPK, I probably wouldn’t be vegan).

  • October 1, 2009 at 6:47 am: Mary

    That is adorable. I’ve been thanking people with jam, but when that runs out, cookies in tea boxes it is! I’ll bet Patrick was tickled. Did he blush?

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:09 am: Luciana

    Great idea, I’m definitely doing this for the holidays this year. This is so much nicer than disposable plastic!

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:11 am: Jojo

    What awesome ideas, thanking people with cookies and the cute tea box packaging!

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:35 am: Velouria

    Such a sweet idea. I’ll start collecting tea boxes.
    Can we have the recipe for the cookies in the photos? They look so yumy!

  • October 1, 2009 at 8:40 am: Sara

    I love this idea. I’d love the recipe as well! I’ve been trying to convert my office mates and sneaking in vegan desserts as much as possible! This could be a great holiday gift.

  • October 1, 2009 at 8:47 am: Crystal

    What a great idea. So cute!

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:16 am: Cherie

    That’s a great idea! Adorable. :)

  • October 1, 2009 at 10:58 am: Susan Kelley

    Lovely idea, and you sure win for first MoFo post!

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:23 am: The Wind Attack

    I hate the idiot in a bike shop feeling, especially since the guys at my bike shop are always speaking in spanish behind my back and I don’t know what they’re saying! ‘

    But I love this cookie in a tea box idea. I think that might have to be put to use! Thanks for sharing!

  • October 1, 2009 at 11:47 am: Bonnie

    That is a good idea! I think I’m going to use it sometime. I’m always trying to figure out how to pack baked goods when I want to give them away, and this is much cuter and more customizable than anything I came up with.

  • October 1, 2009 at 12:03 pm: maya938

    LOVES IT!!!!! not only is it reusing but it also recyclable! and, well, it means purchasing more tea for me :)

  • October 1, 2009 at 1:09 pm: stacey

    I love this idea! And, I can’t wait for the cookie cookbook to arrive in my mailbox. Talk about anticipation–Jeez. For the past several months, every time I make a cookie I can’t help but think that there’s a better cookie recipe cackling at me from inside the cockles of your new cookie book.

  • October 1, 2009 at 1:25 pm: Jenn

    Sweet! Love the tea box cookie package. Really clever.

  • October 1, 2009 at 1:53 pm: A

    The tea box is genius!!!! I’m stealing that idea! :D

  • October 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm: IsaChandra

    Thanks you guys! As for the recipe, it’s just the Choc Chip recipe, with about 1/3 cup cranberries and white choc instead of regular chocolate. I also added a generous pinch of allspice. And please so steal the idea! I bet it can be embellished to be even cooler.


  • October 1, 2009 at 3:31 pm: erica

    Yes I agree, cookies speak a 1000 words, most of which are mumbled with cookie crumbs. So with my own baked cookies in my mouth, I say “Tank-Q Isa for the idea”.

  • October 1, 2009 at 3:54 pm: Amy

    Oooooh! That’s one super idea for cookie-toting/giving!!! Everything all in one box (remember those stupid tampax commercials from back in the day? “All in one box”).

  • October 1, 2009 at 5:55 pm: michelle

    i love this idea. enough to even comment, so that’s a lot for me! xo

  • October 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm: liz

    I did that for a friend a while back! They’re such perfect boxes, it’s true… I made little lavender shortbread moons and wrote a message inside and left it outside her apartment door. Man, I should also probably think about making a gift again this month!

  • October 1, 2009 at 6:45 pm: dreaminitvegan

    Love the tea box idea. Reuse and recycle right?

  • October 1, 2009 at 7:58 pm: KT

    Yum! I’m almost licking my computer screen looking at these beauts.

    *off to the kitchen to bake up a storm*

  • October 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm: lisa (show me vegan)

    such a festive kickoff for VeganMoFo!

  • October 2, 2009 at 3:49 pm: B.A.D.

    Isa, shoot me off and e-mail and I will send you cookies. I cannot think of anyone who deserves my thanks more.

    After all you did feed me fore a whole week @ Gathering 0.1

  • October 3, 2009 at 7:37 am: Mo

    I love this idea! It’s ridiculous how something so simple could look so adorable.

  • October 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm: Debra

    The cookies look sooooo good. I love your blog!

  • October 5, 2009 at 2:16 am: Melisser

    I adore this idea! I would make you cookies, you know.

  • October 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm: Andreea

    Those would look awesome in an After Eight box. Brb, cookie time :)

  • October 5, 2009 at 3:52 pm: Bethany

    awesome idea for using up tea bag boxes. Now, I’ll have to make more cookies, darn!

  • October 8, 2009 at 11:21 am: RedRedRed

    Hey, tea boxes! Great idea! :D

    Eagerly awaiting the release of the cookie book!

  • October 20, 2009 at 11:56 pm: Faith

    Excellent idea! Thanks for sharing, because I’ve wanted to start doing more for people. Sharing vegan cookie love is a GREAT way to start!!!


  • October 26, 2009 at 7:49 pm: kirsten's kitchen

    super cool idea! I would be so stoked if someone gave me this!
    thanks for the idea.

  • November 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm: latifah

    that’s an awesome idea, I’d love the recipe as well!

  • December 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm: Sarena

    Great idea! I am totally using this one!

  • January 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm: Lisa

    This is the BEST idea!! We order A LOT of tea in boxes from Stash for our business. I usually just stick them in the recycling bin…now I have the best use EVER for these boxes!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

  • July 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm: Joe

    Great Idea. The cookies look delicious.

  • July 19, 2015 at 5:00 pm: tq

    Very Cute idea