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Edible gift tag cookies

Give some personality to your presents this year by adding one of these super cute edible gift tags! This peanut butter shortbread cookie is soft, flaky and rich and makes personalizing presents a much sweeter process. Plus, these require no clean up!


One batch of these delicious cookies makes about 24 tags, just enough for almost everyone on your list. These cookies are an easy way to give a gift from your heart while still giving your family and friends just what they asked for. Plus, who doesn’t like peanut butter and chocolate cookies?

Edible gift tag cookie recipe

Yields about 24
Recipe slightly adapted from Teaspoon SF



  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 7 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • White icing gel
  • Toothpick



Combine dry ingredients

In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking powder and salt together with a whisk. Set aside.



Combine wet ingredients

In another large bowl, beat the butter, applesauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla together until smooth.




Add eggs and flour; chill

Add the egg and beat the mixture until smooth. Gradually add the flour and beat until mixture is fully combined.



Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and chill for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


Roll out dough

Once chilled, knead dough slightly on a lightly floured surface. Liberally flour a rolling pin and then roll dough out to about 1/2-inch thickness.


Using a pizza cutter, cut dough into about 7 columns vertically. Then, cut across to create squares. You may need to reroll out the scrap dough to make extra squares.


Trim squares into gift tags

Using a knife, cut a vertical line on the top right and left hand sides of the cookie to make a slant.


tag shape

Trim off the sides to make it more symmetrical. Then, using the end of a beater (from an electric mixer), push a hole into the center top of each cookie.



Bake cookies

Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees F or until golden brown.



Cover with chocolate; chill

Using a frosting knife, carefully frost the bottom half of the cookies with melted chocolate, using the back of the knife to smooth out the clumps.

frost cookies


Once the cookies are frosted, chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or until chocolate has set.


Add finishing touches

Once chocolate is hard, use a toothpick and white icing gel to write messages on the tags. Since they are small, we put a “to” and a heart, but you can put whatever you’d like! Let tags chill again for another 30 minutes, then string ribbon through the top and display!


More edible craft ideas

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