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10 Christmas Cookies That Won't Crumble In The Mail

If you plan to bake and ship cookies as Christmas gifts, I have two things to tell you: 1) my home address (just kidding, or am I?), and 2) you'll want to bake cookies that can survive the trip. Here are the ideal cookies for mailing.

Cookies with Crunch

Crisp, dense cookies like shortbread, biscotti, and snowballs are sturdy enough to hold up for the long haul.

Citrus Shortbread Cookies


Citrus Shortbread Cookies

Photo by uwland

More shortbread cookie recipes.

Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti


Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Photo by JamieJacqueline

More biscotti recipes.

Snowballs II


Snowballs II

Photo by TummyYummy

Snowballs are cousins to Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, and Italian Wedding Cookies.

Cookies with a Little Chew

Softer, chewier chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and ginger cookies ship well, but they tend to dry out if they’re traveling for more than a week. It's worth it to send these the quickest way you can.

Ashley’s Chocolate Chip Cookies


Ashley's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Photo by Cathy C

More chocolate chip cookies.

Mrs. Sigg’s Snickerdoodles


Mrs. Sigg's Snickerdoodles

Photo by Peezeth

More snickerdoodles.

Big Soft Ginger Cookies


Big Soft Ginger Cookies

Photo by jrbaker

More ginger cookies. Also in this chewier category are oatmeal, peanut butter, and gingerbread cookies.

Cookies with a Lot of Chew

Coconut macaroons and Italian pignoli cookies not only mail beautifully, but their texture seems to improve after a few days. Dense bar cookies and brownies do well, too, as long as they don't have cream cheese or custard layers. (Sorry, Nanaimo Bars, lemon bars, and cheesecake bars. You're not going anywhere.)

Coconut Macaroons III


Coconut Macaroons III

Photo by mominml

Pignoli Cookies I


Pignoli Cookies I

Photo by linda ch

Peanut Butter Bars I


Peanut Butter Bars

Photo by L.P.L.

More bar cookies and brownies. Choose wisely.

Cut-Out Cookies

Go on and show off your mad decorating skills, but with these caveats: 1) choose shapes without fragile bits that easily snap off, and 2) decorate with royal icing. (It hardens as it sets, so your gorgeous work doesn't smear.)

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies


The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies


More cut-out cookies, plus tips for making and decorating sugar cookies.

Now let's take a look at The Best Way to Mail Cookies.

Vanessa Greaves

About Vanessa Greaves

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