If you are wanting edible rustic wedding favours on a budget, cookies are a great option. You can find heaps of recipes online from ornate iced cookies to simple chocolate chip cookies. Whatever your baking level and budget I have the recipe for you. But before we get to the recipes there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
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1. How much time do you have?
Baking is not quick and can add an extra level of stress to your wedding week than you might like. If you are working right up to your wedding day or you have heaps going on maybe don’t bake your wedding favours. You need at least one whole day to do all the baking, packaging and labeling depending on how many guests you have.
2. Packaging your rustic wedding favours
3. How long will the biscuits keep?
Depending on the cookies you make they can last anywhere from 2-3 days to 2 to 3 weeks. If you don’t feel like baking two days before your wedding go for hard cookies which keep for 2-3 weeks rather than 2-3 days. You could also consider freezing your cookie dough for baking closer to your wedding. Frozen cookie dough last 3 months.
4. Do your guests have special dietary requirements?
Do you have any guests with dietary requirements? If you have some dairy free or gluten free guests its good wedding etiquette to make sure they get a wedding favour they can eat. In this case it might be easier to make gluten or dairy free biscuits for everyone. Any staunch dairy eaters don’t need to know you cut out the butter!
5. Cutters and decorations for you rustic wedding favours
So do you still want to make cookies for your rustic wedding favours? Here are some recipe ideas
Chocolate Chip Cookies
A classic biscuit that everyone loves is chocolate chip cookies. These are popular wedding favours and can be made rustic with special packaging. If you want to get these sorted in advance you can make crispy chocolate chip cookies up to one week in advance or you could make the dough to freeze and bake closer to your date. Sally’s Baking Addiction has everything you need to know about baking cookies as well as a great recipe.
A more traditional wedding favour is sugar cookies. You can make these in any shape you want and embellish them with icing. Baking mad has a great recipe for Love Heart cookies but if your artistic skills are a bit simpler you could just use a heart shaped cutter and ice your biscuits with coloured icing.
These shortbread biscuits are super simple to make and delicious. They are also very rustic with their minimalist design. If you are having to make lots of rustic wedding favours shortbread can be a great idea because the dough will keep in the fridge for a couple of days without baking. Also once baked the biscuits can last 2 to 3 weeks! For a great recipe and everything you need to know about baking shortbread check out Preppy Kitchen.
Just because gingerbread biscuits are often the biscuit of choice at Christmas does not mean they cannot be great rustic wedding favours. It also means that gingerbread biscuits can be made up to two weeks in advance because these biscuits keep well. Check out Jamie Oliver’s website for a great recipe.
Gluten and Dairy Free Biscuits
Where once it might have been hard to cater for your gluten free or vegan freinds now it is easy. There are so many recipes and often they taste so delicious none of your wheat and dairy eating guests will notice the difference. For a whole collection of great cookie recipes check out Gluten Free On A Shoestring. I think the stained glass star cookies would be great wedding favours if you have the time to make them.
So do you have a plan for your edible rustic wedding favours now?
Let us know in the comments below what you are planning? Did I miss some great cookie ideas or recipes?
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