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Haunted house PYO cookie

How to Pack PYO Cookies & Palettes

A haunted house PYO style cookie

Hillary Ramos

The countess herself 👑

Before we get started on packaging PYO cookies... What the heck is a PYO cookie?  PYO stands for Paint Your Own, and has become a very common type of cookie in the "decorated cookie world." The basic concept is that there will be a design on the cookie similar to a coloring book style, and the cookie recipient - often a child - will be given some "paint" to paint in their cookie design. And then the best part... They can eat it! At The Cookie Countess we have made this type of cookie making very easy by providing literally hundreds of PYO style stencils. Using a stencil to create your PYO designs makes the process go really fast and allows for consistency as well. 

We also make paint palettes that utilize food color in a way so that with just a little water, you can paint the cookie! They are available in TEN different color combinations! Paint palettes are super easy and fun to use. 

Now back to the topic at hand... One of the questions we get asked a lot at The Cookie Countess, is how to best package Paint Your Own (PYO) cookies with our ready made paint palettes. Well, we have the answer!

We sell a number of products that will allow you to pack cute PYO cookie kits that are easy to transport and hand out at parties. They're kid-friendly and totally customizable.

Here's one example of how to pack a PYO Cookie:

  1. Ultra Clear Cookie Bags These are open top style bags intended to be tied with a ribbon 
  2. Clear Lip & Tape Bags This secondary bag is for the paint palette and paint brush
  3. Edible Paint Palettes needed for painting! 
  4. Paint Brushes
  5. Ribbon (your choice, you can find cute patterns here)
  6. You'll also need your cookies (obviously!) make sure the icing is completely dry before bagging.

Step 1

Insert one Edible Paint Palette into a Clear Lip & Tape Bag. This will keep the edible paint from touching the cookie or transferring. Don't seal the bag yet.

Step 2

Insert a Disposable Paint Brush into the same bag as the Edible Paint Palette. You now have a little packaged paint & brush kit ready to go.

Step 3

Insert your cookie into the Ultra Clear Cookie Bag.

Step 4

Place your paint & brush kit bag into the Ultra Clear Cookie Bag. Place it behind the cookie so you can still see the design (kids love to pick their own designs).

Step 3

Tie the top of the bag with a piece of ribbon or string. Feel free to get creative. You can decorate the bags with hanging tags, stickers, or just keep them simple.

If you like to box your cookies, the poly bags are great to go inside a box as well and help keep the cookies fresher for longer.

We have a great video too of in house baker Wilmalyn doing a live tutorial all about PYO cookies! If you have some time, it's definitely worth a watch. 

Another popular way to pack PYO Cookies is to use bag toppers!

We have a large and varied fun selection of bag toppers at The Cookie Countess. All designed exclusively in-house! Our bag toppers come in different sizes, to coordinate with different size cookies, so you can customize your packaging just as much as you customize your cookies.

Last but not least! A cube box!

Another fun way to pack PYO cookies - especially when delivering them to a crowd - is in one of our specially designed cube boxes. These boxes have clear windows on all 4 sides to show off your cookies. And then the inside has a special compartment to hold more cookies and/or PYO cookie supplies. 

Our cookie cubes come in 3 sizes, to hold from 6 to 36 cookies! The built in handle makes them great for delivering to customers as well. 

Cookie cube box

PYO cookies are popular not only because they are fun for recipient, but they are relatively easy for the cookie maker, and a great product to sell if you have a bakery or are a cottage baker. If you sell your cookies, PYO cookies are fabulous for children's party favors, holiday gifts, or for the activity table at a family get together. What design do you think would look great on a PYO cookie? Leave it the comments below! Thanks for reading! 

Printable PYO Cookie Instruction Sheets

If you want to include a printed instruction sheet on how to use PYO palettes, you can download that PDF here.

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Lourdes - December 2, 2022

I want to package the white iced cookies with the palette (in a different bag-but together), and then freeze the package. How long would they stay fresh like this? What would be the best way to thaw them out? What would be the best way to store them in the freezer? Thank you.
The Cookie Countess replied:
Hi Lourdes! If frozen properly, I personally find that frozen cookies stay good (and delicious) for about a month to 45 days. Once your iced cookies have completely dried, place them in your PYO packaging and then in an airtight container, like a plastic freezer bag or Tupperware, and pop them in your freezer. Within 30 minutes to an hour, the cookies will be completely frozen. When you take them out to defrost, leave them in the container you froze them in. This way any condensation will form on the outside of the container, not on the cookie. This can take 1 – 3 hours depending on your environment.

Dinette Watkins - October 20, 2022

Once you have packaged your cookies the palette in a seperate bag can you freeze them?

The Cookie Countess replied:
Yes, the PYO palettes can be frozen. The one thing you want to avoid is exposing them to moisture when they’re thawing, which could cause them to bleed. If they are packaged and sealed properly in a separate bag then they should be just fine in the freezer alongside the cookie.

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