Crisp anise cookies become even more memorable when they're presented in small compotes, wrapped in sparkling cellophane, and adorned with red ribbons.
The cookies can be wrapped in cellophane and then tucked into the compote (shown here on the left), or the entire compote can be wrapped (shown here on the right side of the photo). Instructions for both variations follow.
Option 1 (wrapped in cellophane): Fill a compote or decorative dish with red shredded paper or Easter grass, and top with a small mound of cookies. Top with a sheet of cellophane, and invert. Remove dish, and trim cellophane to cover bottom of shredded paper, allowing edges to overlap. Seal with tape. Invert again, and place wrapped cookies and paper in dish. Wrap a length of satin ribbon around dish and cookies, taping ends of ribbon to bottom of dish. Tie several lengths of bakers' twine around ribbon, and attach a gift tag.
Option 2 (wrapped compote): Fill a compote or decorative dish with red shredded paper or Easter grass, and top with a small mound of cookies. Wrap a sheet of cellophane around dish and cookies, taping cellophane to bottom of dish and leaving sides open. From a sheet of red glassine, cut a 1-inch-wide length for ribbon. Write a name or greeting on ribbon with a white-gel pen. Place across top of dish. At rim of dish, gather cellophane and ribbon on each side, and tie with silver cord. Trim cellophane, and notch ribbon ends.
Compotes, $6.99 each, by Martha Stewart Collection, from Macy's.
Similar glassine, German tissue paper in Red (#737905), $3 per 27 1/2-by-39-inch sheet, from katespaperie.com.
Easter paper grass in Strawberry Red (GR006), $3 per bag, from D. Blumchen & Co., 866-653-9627 or blumchen.com.
Ribbon, 36-mm-wide double-face satin in Red and Silver (Art.1100; colors #1 and #5), $9 per yd., from mokubany.com
Similar bakers' twine, 4-ply red cotton twine (RCST4), $20.70 per cone, from packandseal.com.