These guidelines for shipping cookies are useful throughout the year — but especially so during the holiday season when folks are hosting cookie exchanges and making homemade edible gifts. You may also want to read up on other cookie basics, from baking tips to how to freeze baked goods. Brownies and fudge also travel well. If you’re up for it, you may want to send cookies as well as a variety of different kinds of scrumptiousness in your care packages rather than shipping cookies alone! After all, cookies are not the only treats that travel well.
Without further ado, we now present our tips for shipping cookies:
- Always cool cookies before storing or packaging into a container.
- Store in an air tight plastic container, one that allows ample room. No "overcrowding" of the cookies should be necessary.
- Do not store soft cookies (chocolate chip or oatmeal) with hard or crunchy cookies (biscotti and shortbread). The moisture in the soft cookies will make the biscotti soft while the soft cookies dry out. Remember that shipping cookies takes time, and that can affect the end product your loved ones receive.
- Package cookies for gift giving or mailing in air tight hard containers. Re-sealable plastic bags or wraps are not a good idea unless hand delivering.
- If you send cookies that are of a harder consistency, they may be subject to breakage if packed too tightly. Make sure to leave ample room when shipping cookies. Cookies should be packed snuggly, not overstuffed but also not under-packed.
- Delicate cookies such as meringues, are not good candidates to ship. When you send cookies by any sort of delivery service choose sturdy, heavier options.
- Most cookies are best at their freshest, so it's a good idea to express mail your handmade delectables.
- If there is room in the container, fill spaces between the cookies with crumbled wax paper (which won't cause moist cookies to dry out).
- Pack the container or tin with the cookies in a larger cardboard box for shipping. Place air popped popcorn (no butter please) on the bottom, top and around the sides - use a lot. Popcorn is cheaper and more degradable than shipping peanuts and won't crush like crumbled paper.
- Label the outside of box as "breakable" and mark with "this side up".
You are now an expert at shipping cookies! You can send cookies anywhere with confidence that they will taste their absolute best upon arrival.