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How to Pack Cookies for Mailing

How to Pack Cookies for Mailing

November 02, 2011
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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, like cheesecake bars, or delicate cookies, such as madeleines. Fragile cookies are more likely to fall apart when mailed.
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Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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  • 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.)
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  • 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.

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Shipping baked food is always tricky. I ship cookies regularly to my son who live 2000 miles away from me. Next time, when I ship cookies to him, I will definitely use these tips.

Posted May 20, 2016 by Donald

Can you mail no bake cookies? If so how? And destination is from ohio to florida. Thank you

Posted April 05, 2016 by Heathur
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From: Mallory
Hi Heathur, you can mail no-bake cookies. Make sure not to ship cookies that require refrigeration, like cheesecake bars, or delicate cookies, such as madeleines. Fragile cookies are more likely to fall apart when mailed. Use lots of bubble wrap to ensure the cookies don't break during the shipping process. Happy baking!
Posted April 22, 2016

Love your cookie packaging help!!! Thank you!!!!

Posted December 16, 2015 by Lorrie
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From: mallory
Glad to hear it helped, Lorrie!
Posted December 16, 2015

Thank you for the info on how to mail cookies. My Grandmother always mailed homemade cookies to all her grandkids, using empty Folgers coffee cans whapped in brown paper. I didn't really expect to find a good source of info on this.

Posted December 03, 2015 by robin

i just need to know if i should ship oatmeal raisen cookies overnight mail or can it be regular standard mail, if shipping from nebraska to calif.

Posted February 26, 2015 by pam
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From: mallory
Hi Pam, if you are shipping cookies, regular standard mail should be just fine. Make sure to mark the package as “Perishable Food” and/or “Fragile.” Hope this helps!
Posted February 26, 2015

great instructions..thanks!

Posted September 07, 2013 by desiree

I have sent cookies to 2 of my children when they were in the military. I use tall potato chip cans. You can get about 18 cookies in a can. Works great!

Posted November 13, 2012 by Beverly
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From: Cindy
That is a good suggestion!
Posted November 15, 2012

Pack in popped popcorn - inside plastic. Double benefit!!!

Posted November 13, 2012 by melanie

I pack my cookies with miniature marshmallows. Not only are they a great cushion, but an extra treat to eat with the cookies

Posted November 30, 2011 by Deb T.
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From: Cindy
Deb - I really like your idea! Thanks for sharing!
Posted November 30, 2011

WE have always shipped cookies packed in popcorn. It acts as a cushion and alsohelps absorb moisture to keep the cookies fresher.

Posted November 22, 2011 by Rosa

Placing the cookies in a row at the bottom of a ziplic bag. Place wax paper over top of row, then place another row of cookies. Purchase attachment for vacuum for cleaning keyboards, then use this to suck the air out of bag. It helps keep the cookies tight. They've arrived in Afghanistan quite well and you don't have to have the expensive vacuum-sealing machine..

Posted November 21, 2011 by Shelby

I usually freeze my cookies until right when I put them in the box... That way they are as fresh as possible when they get there! I also vacuum pack my cookies..

Posted November 21, 2011 by Laura

thank you for the information i will be using this

Posted November 21, 2011 by debi

I made alot of cookies for my who is in a war zone. When it came time to make my sugar cookies with my grankids; I could not find my recipies. I logged on to Land o lakes web site found several and picked a good one! Thank you so much!! if you want pic of my gkids making your recipie let me know I will forward them. Thank you again you all saved this difficult holiday.

Posted November 19, 2011 by Colette M. Mack

My children and I have sent cookies for years and start our packing in 'summer'. We look for Christmas themed tins at garage sales, Goodwill stores...etc. These can be found in every shape and cost next to nothing. We also save packing peanuts, air pockets, boxes, and bubble wrap. By the time the holidays roll around we have the makings to pack many cookies! After being thoroughly cleansed, we layer the tin with waxed paper, and then fill with cookies. Top with bunched waxed paper for cushion, and then the tight lid. Lastly, we fit it into a snug mailing box. These tins not only protect the precious cookies, but keep them very fresh as well. Happy Holidays to all!

Posted November 19, 2011 by Kathy

Thanks for this info! It'll be handy for shipping a taste of home to my husband, who's in the AF.

Posted November 18, 2011 by Lisa

We ship to family every holiday season and use Priority Mail it gets there in3 days or less and has tracking free if you print postage online. We also freeze the entire box of goodies overnight and ship on a Monday about a hour before the Priority deadline at our post office. Using sealed ice packs (avalable where ever camping gear is sold) I have shipped even Cheesecake cross country.

Posted November 18, 2011 by Jess Pike

the bubble wrap is clean for touching the cookies?

Posted November 18, 2011 by s

I have shipped cookies overseas for years & the best way I found was to use those plastic bags that you suck the air out of. I lay the bag flat & put one layer of cookies with a small amount of space between each cookie in the bag. When the air is sucked out the cookie can't move & they stay extremely fresh. I then lay them in a box with each layer separated by bubble wrap. I use the very thin bubble wrap so I can get more in the box. I have never had 1 cookie break & my son said they taste like they just came out of the oven. I have even shipped some fragile cookies this way with great success.

Posted November 17, 2011 by Betty
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From: Cindy
Thanks for sharing your ideas! Happy Holidays!
Posted November 18, 2011

The tips posted here are very useful. I also found, when sending 'Care' packages to my brother and later to a friend's son in college, instead of using 'styrofoam ' peanuts for packing I used my air popping machine to pop real popcorn. Of course there could be no melted butter but the dry (lightly salted) popcorn was not only a good packing material-the boy;s both told me they consumed it almost as fast as the cookies they were packed with. As long as the box is well lined with plastic wrap both the cookies and the popcorn stay very fresh. Having completed Graduate Schools and moved on to employment and-in one case becoming a college professor, I am still told I am ;on duty' to ship more boxes of 'deliciousness' as often as I feel like baking for their poor starving appetites. I am currently looking for wives for the two of them in order to pass on the recipes-in case I become unable to carry-on the tradition. One friend told me she was borrowing the method to ship her son and son-in-law boxes overseas where they are serving in the armed forces. She has to substitute M and M's for chocolate chips to prevent too much melting and it works very well. You are very right about packing in layers,with the heaviest on the bottom, and the packages arrive in good shape.

Posted November 12, 2011 by Jean C.
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From: Cindy
Jean, Thanks for sharing your story that involved mailing cookies. .
Posted November 15, 2011