If there’s one time of year when cookies rule, it’s the holiday season. When you want to share cookies with far-away friends or family, you’ll need to take extra care to make sure the cookies don’t crumble by the time they arrive. Here are some suggestions for selecting the best cookies to send, and tips on how to pack and send them on their way. Which cookies mail the best?
- Bar, drop or dried fruit cookies can withstand mailing the best. Cookies with hard textures, like biscotti and shortbreads ship well. Chocolate chip cookies, gingersnaps and oatmeal cookies also ship well.
- Don’t ship cookies that require refrigeration, such as custard-filled, cheesecake bars or delicate cookies such as madeleines. Tender, fragile cookies are more likely to fall apart when mailed.
- Use a durable, rigid box or empty tin as a mailing container. Place bubble wrap in the bottom of the container, then line the container with aluminum foil or plastic food wrap that is large enough to wrap over the cookies when the container is full.
- Wrap four to six cookies of the same size together in aluminum foil, plastic wrap or plastic bags. Double-wrap cookies if shipping more than one kind or flavor, so flavors do not blend.
- Don’t pack crisp and soft cookies together.
- Place the heaviest cookies on the bottom of the container, and layer the wrapped cookies with crumpled paper toweling around them – but do not overstuff or under-pack the cookies. Put bubble wrap over the cookies. Then bring the lengths of aluminum foil or plastic food wrap up and over the contents.
- Pack the tin or container in a heavy cardboard box that is large enough to allow two inches of cushion between the container and the box. Place a large amount of packing material – bubble wrap, shipping peanuts or popcorn – between the container and box.
- Seal the container with freezer, plastic or adhesive tape. Mark the package “Perishable Food” and/or “Fragile.” (Not “Irresistibly Yummy, Delicious Cookies,” to avoid tempting the willpower of the delivery person.)
- Allow enough time so your package won’t be left sitting in a post office or mailroom over a weekend. Use an express mail service if time is short or you want to be sure that your cookies will arrive intact.
- Be aware of the temperature differences. If sending to or from a warm climate, remember that nut brittles and foods containing chocolate may melt before delivery. Overnight delivery may be your best choice.
Do you have other tips regarding mailing cookies? Please share your ideas to help other bakers as they plan for the big holiday cookie send-off.