Giving a gift of homemade cookies for the holidays or sending a care package to kids who are away from home? Follow these cookie baking, packing and shipping tips to make sure your homemade treats arrive whole instead of as a box of crumbs.
- The best cookies for mailing are ones that don't break easily, like drop cookies, refrigerator or icebox cookies. Chocolate Chip Bars and Peanut Butter Bars are great options.
- Brownies (our Double Chocolate Brownies are amazing!) and unfrosted bar cookies like Mistletoe Cookie Bars (without the icing) ship well.
- Pack in sturdy small gift boxes or foil-lined containers or tins. Clean coffee tins work great.
- Wrap cookies in small bunches and layer bars between sheets of wax paper. Cushion well with tissue or wax paper up to the top of the container to keep them snug.
- Place crumpled newspaper, paper towels, wax paper, shredded clean paper, packing popcorn or even regular unbuttered popcorn below, above, and between the container to cushion it in the shipping box.
- Seal the box with shipping tape and cover the address label with clear tape for protection. Using permanent ink that won't smear, mark the package clearly with the words "Perishable – Food" and mark the top "This side up" to encourage careful handling.
Our favorite easy cookie recipes for shipping are Macadamia Nut Balls, No-Bake Cookie Clusters, and Polka Dot Cookies.
Now that you know how to send your homemade cookies, get baking and packing. After all, every batch is always filled with love and...