Choo-Choo Chocolate Chip Cookies
and the
Whistlestop Festival

One of the first things you’ll see in front of Cameron and Jordy’s school, is this bright red Whistle stop caboose.

It sits proudly out front as a stationary mascot of sorts, on its own set of tracks.

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The train car is a perfectly fitting sight especially this time of year, as the school’s annual Whistlestop Festival gets underway.

Every year, near the end of the school year, hundreds converge on the school grounds for a day of colorful fund-raising fun, fellowship and fabulous food.

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Of course, one of the sweetest areas of any festival is the bake sale/cake walk station.

Tables are arranged end to end and are deliciously covered with all kinds of donated goodies and yummy treats.

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Throughout this post, I’ll show you how I turned my contribution of several boxes of ordinary (store-bought) chocolate chip cookies into festival goodies with irresistible appeal.

It all boils down to packaging.

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Of course, start with cookies.

I don’t know anyone who can resist a handful of good old chocolate chip treats.

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You’ll need a few supplies for the packaging including, plastic goody bags, a gold leafing pen (which I’ll describe further in this post), coordinating ribbon, die cut punch and a jumbo-size circle punch.

All of these supplies are available at most crafts stores.

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Use the copy and paste function on your computer to create multiple titles per page.  These titles will then be cut into little circles using the jumbo punch tool.

Before printing all the sheets, print one test sheet to double check the word spacing and to make sure everything will fit within the size of the jumbo circle.

Also, make sure the punched-out, die-cut will fit between the two sections of the word in the title.

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After punching out the circles, trim the edges with gold leafing for a more polished appearance.  Leafing pens can be found at most crafts stores in the paint section.

You can use gold and silver leafing to dress up lots of projects including cards, flyers, music programs and holiday photos just to name a few fun uses.

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Unlike the tip of a ballpoint pen, the tip of a leafing pen has a wide, flat edge.

This feature helps to guide the pen accurately and ensures the gold leafing is smoothly deposited along the edge of the cardstock.

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Punch out the mini-die cuts for the front of the tags. I think this little punch is so cute.  I initially went back and forth about whether the image was some sort of tractor or the train I needed.

After polling a few friends and family, the consensus was that it is indeed part of a train.

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Glue the die-cut punch to the tags and then add some pretty ribbon.

This red ribbon really pops against the white card stock and gold, medallion-like outline.  I think it looks oh-so, fresh and crisp.

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Before I forget, here’s a copy of one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes.

Click this link: Download Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

The PDF will appear as two pages.  Print Page-1 onto heavy cardstock, reinsert the same page, top end first and print Page-2 for a checkered backside.  Trim excess and laminate the 4 X 6 card for durability.


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Let’s check back in to the Whistle stop Festival to see what’s going on there. 

Looks like Cameron and Jordy are having a blast showing off their hammer strength and a few aerial, strap-assisted gymnastic, straddle-moves.

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OK, Kids are having a great time, let’s get back to our packaging project.

Even though the cookie bags are ultimately tied with a ribbon, it’s a good idea to first use the twist ties that come with the bags to make sure the goodies stay perfectly fresh.

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Wrap the tags around the baggies to conceal the silver twist ties.

Tie the ribbon into a nice bow to finish it off and you have pretty packaging that looks like it could have come from a boutique bakery instead of your kitchen table.

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This small packaging effort is not only a fun project but also an example of how a little extra step can make a huge difference in presentation.

Here’s a look at another way I used these medallion cookie tags: View this photo.

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You can dress up plain treats like this for just about anything including birthday party goody bags or tasty holiday hand-outs.

Just change the die cut to match the theme and you’re good to go.  

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Meanwhile, I think you can tell from the photos that the Choo-choo chocolate chip cookies and the Whistlestop Festival were a super delicious success, all the way around. 


  • Jennifer Paganelli

    Such amazing diversity of talents…When do you sleep dear Lisa???

  • Anonymous

    ooh choo-choo chocolate chip! love cookies so much!! YUM YUM

  • Anonymous

    Step back and brighter!

  • Emily R.

    Thanks for the inspiration!!! I used your idea to design some cute tags for the bake sale at work!
    Thanks for your blog! I always look forward to what great project you’ll have next!

  • rochambeau

    Your cookie presentation for the Whistle Stop event look marvelous, Lisa!!!!

  • [email protected]

    How cute!!! I have never seen the Gold Leafing marker. I need one of those! I’m going to give your recipe a try. My kids love chocolate chip cookies.

  • Anonymous

    this are awesome uploads and a excellent place too! love the pics it is very stunning and oh love the cookies too! actually, im a cookie monster because i love to eat cookies a lot 😀

  • Nursing apparel

    this are awesome uploads! love the pics it is very stunning and oh love the cookies too! actually, im a cookie monster because i love to eat cookies a lot 😀

  • Anonymous

    Amazing Idea….Keep up the good Work….

  • Barbara Jacksier

    Nice to see more “recycled” cabooses. Our town adopted a caboose as its mascot, too. Kids can have a birthday party there. Hope your summer is off to a fabulous start.

  • Kisha

    Everything you create is ALWAYS presented so exceptionally well. You have truly inspired me to do better with taking my time with my projects and being aware of every detail. Yet again, your work is great! I think my son would want to switch mom’s if he saw your school treats:)

  • chris

    What a fabulous event & those chocolate chip cookies are making me drool!!!:) chris

  • katherinemarie

    Simply MARVELOUS!!!! 🙂

  • Berta

    Wow, that looks like a great event! My son, the train lover, would be thrilled! I love how you presented the cookies! When ever I am involved in a bake sale I try to present the treats in a fun way and they always sell better! And for more money! Thanks for your great tips!

  • Judith Norman

    I recognized your cookies immediately! I wonder if the other moms wince whenever they see you coming with your beautifully presented treats?

  • Shell

    I’m the queen of making chocolate chip cookies. Your idea of making a lovely label and wrapping is great. Now, I’m having a why didn’t think of that moment. Anyway, the next time I give cookies gifts I’m going to do this. As always, you come up with the best ideas, Lisa.

  • Lorrie Everitt Studio

    Lisa …. Wow! Amazing post … my 10 year old daughter walked by me as I was reading this post and loved the cookie idea. We will be doing this for our next school bake sale for sure.
    I gave you an “award” on my blog yesterday … if you get a minute please check it out!

  • Vicki

    Great idea/presentation. I’m hungry now…

  • adrienne

    Great as always!!!!

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    That is such a great idea! They look terrific!

  • Michaele Sommerville

    So cute! I blogged our bake sale today (baked all day yesterday) and am all smiles: I used the red grograin with white “stitch” ribbon too! 🙂 I’m afraid I went more “informative” by just using peel and stick labels- but your tags have definite BUY ME BUY ME appeal!