How To Mail Cookies

Everyone loves to receive packages in the mail, especially the edible variety.

Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Photo by greenjellybean

Make sure you get cheers when you mail your elegant eatables–avoid breakage by following these pointers.

Not All Cookies Travel Well
Certain cookies tend to ship better than others do. We recommend that you do not mail cookies with custard or custard-like fillings or toppings, including cheesecake bars or Nanaimo bars. The custard could spoil, making a very unwelcome gift. For that matter, any cookie that requires refrigeration is not a good candidate for the mail. Another type of cookie that doesn’t hold up well for mailing is one with a delicate, cake-like texture such as Madeleines. And now, on to the kinds of cookies that can be mailed all over the world.

These Cookies Are Going Places!
Cookies that have a crunchy or hard texture such as biscotti, Mexican wedding cakes, crisps, Springerle, and shortbreads make excellent choices for mail delivery. They tend to be fairly sturdy, so you don’t have to worry too much about breakage. And since they already have a fairly dry texture, drying out isn’t much of an issue.

Biscotti

Photo by Linda

Cookies that have a slightly chewy texture, like chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodles, and white chocolate-cranberry cookies also ship well. These cookies tend to dry out if they are in the mail for more than a week, so if their destination is a long way off, you might want to ship them by express mail to ensure that they arrive just as tasty as when they were baked.

Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie

Photo by WHITNEY TAYLOR

Macaroons and pignoli mail beautifully. Their chewy, moist textures only seem to improve after they’ve aged a few days.

Coconut Macaroons III

Photo by Lily

Dense bar cookies such as fudge brownies, blondies, and peanut butter bars travel well too. Be sure to individually wrap each one with plastic wrap to keep that moist, dense crumb from drying out.

Peanut Butter Bars I

Photo by L.P.L.

Good Things Come in Secure Packages
Once you’ve baked and cooled your cookies, you’re ready for the next step: packing them. There are a few guidelines you should follow when it comes to preparing cookies to be mailed. Follow these and your special packages should arrive fresh, in one piece, and great-tasting.

  • Don’t pack crisp and soft cookies together–the moisture from the soft cookies will seep into the crisp cookies, making them lose their delightful crunch.
  • Don’t overstuff your container. Your cookies may be damaged. Likewise, don’t under-pack your container. The cookies should fit snugly. If you have too much space, crumple up a bit of tissue paper to fill the holes.
  • Pack cookies in a sturdy tin or airtight container. On the bottom of the container place a piece of bubble wrap, then line the container with parchment paper or cellophane, leaving enough to tuck over the top once the container is fully packed. Place one layer of cookies in the container. Cover with parchment paper. Arrange another layer of cookies, followed with more parchment paper, and continue this layering until the container is full. Tuck the cellophane or parchment paper over the top, then place another piece of bubble wrap on top, and seal your container.

More Packing Pointers

  • Pack your tin or container in a heavy-duty cardboard box that’s large enough to allow a two- to three-inch cushion between the tin and the wall of the outside box.
  • Place a layer of shipping peanuts, air-popped popcorn, or crumpled paper on the bottom of your shipping box. Set your cookie tin on this bottom layer. Then fill in the sides and top with more shipping materials.
  • Seal the shipping box with heavy-duty shipping tape. Place a mailing label on the box, and you’re ready to send those treats on their way.