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Mailing Cookies

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

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.


    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.


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


    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.


    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.

      Comments
      lauren 
      Jul. 17, 2009 12:18 pm
      What about oatmeal cookies with icing? Are those okay to mail? (if the icing is cooled, of course)
       
      Amelia 
      Jul. 20, 2009 5:21 pm
      Thanks for the article. My parents (and family) all live back home 1,700 miles away. I always want to mail them something small that reminds them I miss them and I was unsure on how to mail cookies. I can't wait to try out your tips.
       
      Nana 
      Aug. 1, 2009 2:59 pm
      My son has been deployed I am looking for all kinds of cookies that will travel well with out spoiling. Any suggestions you have I am sure he will appreciate.
       
      Aug. 7, 2009 10:35 am
      I also send cookies to Iraq and wanted to find the best cookies that would stand the trip. I found this website that lists the best cookie recipes for mailing: http://www.blisstree.com/bakingdelights/absolutely-the-best-cookies-to-ship-to-iraq/
       
      mimi 
      Sep. 4, 2009 6:08 am
      I use GLAD PRESS & SEAL. Wrap cookies individually or 3 or 4 together. I ship them to my grandson out of the country and they arrive fresh and unbroken. (thick choc.chip cookies) Fill in empty spaces with toweling paper or newspaper.
       
      TAYLOR2004 
      Sep. 16, 2009 6:32 pm
      Add a slice of bread to a container of peanut butter choco chip or any cookie of these types and they will stay very moist! Great for travel!
       
      Oct. 4, 2009 10:05 am
      My husband is currently deployed to Iraq. I send him cookies bi-weekly. I bake larger cookies and take them out of the oven just before they get as done as I would want them for eating right away. Then, I stack them in freezer bags, seal them up, and place the freezer bags in disposable tin pans. I wrap the tin pans tightly in Glad Press and Seal. I send them out Priority Mail the following day. He says that they always arrive fresh. I have used several recipes from this site, and have received rave reviews. His favorites are Coconut Macaroons III and Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Happy baking!
       
      LK 
      Oct. 13, 2009 8:47 pm
      My Granma has sent me oatmeal craisin, chocolate chip, Peter Pan Neverland Cookies, and chocolate cookies in the mail. She packed them in ziplock bags (each type got their own bag) with packing paper in the box. They were delicious and came out perfectly! No broken cookies. It's a great gift to give!
       
      patricia 
      Oct. 21, 2009 3:36 pm
      Cookies ship very well when packed in popcorn. The popcorn maintains the moisture and keeps the cookies from breaking. I mail all my cookies this way and they always arrive moist and unbroken. I have recipes that were shipped to the military men during vietnam.
       
      Oct. 22, 2009 6:24 am
      Do sugar cookies mail well? Are they considered crunchy or chewy?
       
      Oct. 31, 2009 2:46 pm
      Are cookies with frosting (milk, powdered sugar, butter as ingredients) okay to send in the mail? I want to send brownies with peanut butter frosting.
       
      Nov. 10, 2009 3:12 pm
      Thanks for the tips, my grandchildren and parents live in New Zealand, this will help alot.
       
      NanaShas 
      Nov. 16, 2009 11:33 am
      I have a grandson who is lactose intolerant and has never had a cookie, poor baby! I am looking for some recipies that I can mail up to him. Any one out there with an idea. It will be much appreciated.
       
      JSTAFFOR 
      Nov. 23, 2009 6:52 pm
      Have you tried soy milk or goats milk? New one out that is called Silk. It is in dairy case with all other milk. Goats milk is usually found with the powered and anned milk.
       
      KaylaWatts 
      Nov. 26, 2009 5:58 pm
      I recently ordered some of the best tasting cookies ever from shelbyscookies.com and they arrived via USPS and they were all neatly packed and intact. I noticed that they used mostly bubble wrap to keep everything well protected. Also, they used kraft paper to keep the box from shifting to much.
       
      LAMBIESGRAMMY 
      Dec. 1, 2009 1:08 pm
      I have been shipping cookies to the troops all over the world since Viet Nam. I always use a purchased cookie tin completely lined with bubble wrap. I stack 2 to 4 cookies in jumbo cupcake papers and pack them together fairly tightly so they don't move around inside the tin. Then I wrap the entire tin in bubble wrap to make sure the tin doesn't pop open inside the box. I fill in the gaps around the tin in the box with candy, gum, nuts, etc. in small zip lock bags. You have to be careful what you send into Muslim countries: no pork products (bacon or lard), no alcohol (rum balls), no aromatic spices like nutmeg or allspice.
       
      marla cox 
      Dec. 13, 2009 7:40 am
      Years ago I sent a boyfriend a box of cookies to training camp packed in plain popcorn. Everyone ate the popcorn, too. So remember to use a large garbage bag for the popcorn before you put bags of cookies in and seal it tight.
       
      Sue Bee 
      Dec. 16, 2009 8:47 pm
      Instead of using parchment paper between the layers use inexpensive coffee filters. I have sent cookies all over the world to my Son who is a Navy Seabee and deploys every nine months. I pack them in Ziplock brand large rectangular disposable containors, very cheap and the hold 2 to 2 1/2 dozen cookies. Traditional Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies make it whole packed this way every time!
       
      clara 
      Jan. 22, 2010 9:06 am
      HELLO,I have been LACTOSE INTOLERANCE half of my life now there is GREAT PILL AT WALMART you only take 1 a day and you can eat any thing with milk . CHILDREN OVER 5 CAN TAKE IT BUT I WOULD CHECK WITH DOCTOR FIRST , I HAVE 2 CHILDREN IN MY FAMILY WITH THE SAME PROBLEM . THE NAME OF PILL IS DIGESTIVE ADVANTAGE , LASTOSE INTOLERANCE , HOPE YOU HAVE LUCK .
       
      Amber 
      Mar. 22, 2010 9:30 am
      I'm just curious if brownies would be okay to ship to the desert (Kuwait) if they are NOT iced?
       
      May 2, 2010 9:40 pm
      I'm researching starting an online business selling my baked goods. This article was a big help as to the kinds of things I should have on the my site.
       
      Robinm 
      Jun. 12, 2010 9:11 pm
      NanaShas, I know it has been a while since you posted, but I thought this was worth a post. I have a dairy allergy (yes-immune system response) and I have found several products that work in baking pretty well: Earth Balance margarine, Tofutti cream cheese and sour cream, Wholesoy yogurt, Soy Delicious Coconut Milk (they have sweetenned, unsweetenned and vanilla), Almond Breeze (milk like beverage in many flavors including unsweetenned). With the exception of the Tofutti items, these all taste good--Tofutti isn't bad but it takes getting used to, however, it is good in baked items they are not the main flavor (even in cheesecake you will have other ingredients and flavorings). It has taken a while but I have found most recipes I can convert if I take the time. I never experiment with a new recipe before I am serving it at a function--I try it out first. If it doesn't taste good I don't serve it. One note on dairy free cheese--if anyone knows a good tasting--really, I mean I don't have
       
      merren 
      Aug. 21, 2010 6:19 am
      How would butter tarts do ? .My son lives in Nova Scotia and manages to get here every December for a few dozen.Will be away this Christmas and would like to send them to him
       
      goodwinc76 
      Sep. 4, 2010 8:27 am
      I'm pretty sure that anyone who needs to be told not to put cheesecake bars in the mail probably has no business cooking in the first place.
       
      Oct. 15, 2010 9:57 am
      I ship cookies to my daughter in college using empty potato chip cans or drink mix cans with lids. I stack the cookies into quart or gallon size baggies (the kind with the twistie tie) and then slip the baggies into the canister, tie off the bag and snap on the lid. I layer bubble wrap, newspaper, or popcorn to fill the empty spaces. The cookies arrive fresh and unbroken every time!
       
      Marguerite 
      Oct. 15, 2010 2:19 pm
      I shipped a few Molasses Crinkles (a chewy cookie from an old Betty Crocker recipe) to my brother last Christmas. He did not eat them all. I found two unbroken ones on his kitchen counter this July. I ate one. It was still tasty! I just packed carefully, wrapping each cookie in plastic wrap, and put in small tin. Glad I didn't send him two dozen!
       
      Mosquito 
      Oct. 27, 2010 12:17 pm
      My grandmother used to mail me cookies when I was at college in pringles cans. She would wrap the cookies (individually) in saran wrap, and then cover the top with parchment, before putting the cover on and taping it shut. Then she'd wrap it in mailing paper and send it out that way. Works pretty well.
       
      chrissy626 
      Nov. 16, 2010 4:32 pm
      I have a friend that is over in Iraq and I want to send her some pretzels dipped in chocolate...any ideas how I can keep them cold enough to send? Its been taking about 6 days to get the mail to her.
       
      Kay 
      Nov. 18, 2010 11:23 am
      @ chrissy626 I sent dipped pretzels last yr and there was no problem. At least none that they reported. Monster cookies are great cookies to send. They get to Iraq and Afghanistan just fine.
       
      Nov. 21, 2010 9:04 am
      If you are shipping cookies or candies to Iraq, you can use pringles chip tubes. You can fit quite a few into each one, and it works for muffins also. For softer cookies, you can separate with parchment paper.
       
      Nov. 27, 2010 6:13 am
      can you send gingerbread men in the mail?
       
      stephanie 
      Nov. 27, 2010 9:14 am
      Put a slice of bread on top of your package and it will help keep your cookies moist and delicious. I don't know why this works, but my mom did it when she sent me cookies on deployment with cookies and I sent my husband brownies while he was deployed and both times it worker. Just make sure you put some parchment between the cookies and the bread....
       
      Kathitay 
      Dec. 4, 2010 7:12 pm
      Pringles tubes, I would have never thought of that! That's perfect for my Airman! Thank you for all the tips.
       
      Dec. 8, 2010 9:57 am
      I know we are talking about shipping cookies, but my son is in Afghanistan and I was wondering how Banana breads would ship and if anyone has any tips on packing them. Thanks for all the great ideas!!
       
      Dec. 8, 2010 4:24 pm
      NanaShas,I am lactose intolerant also. I have found Vegan cookbooks to be VERY helpful. In case you are not familiar with the term, Vegan cooking uses NO animal products in the recipes (i.e., no milk, cheese, eggs, etc). Also, like another poster said, do your baking with Silk soymilk (if your grandson is not also sensitive to soy). There are also nutmilks (such as Almond Milk) on the market now and you can find them in your local decently-sized grocery store in the dairy section OR in the health food section (if they have one). There is also rice milk available at any large grocery or at health food stores everywhere. It may be in the cooler or it may be in boxes on the shelf; both are easily accessible. Rice milk is a little thin and (to me) boring just for drinking, but it can get the baking job done if no other milks will work for your little grand-sweetie. Earth Balance Margarine comes in several "styles", so be sure to read the ingredients on each tub to be sure you get the on
       
      WENDIJO1 
      Dec. 10, 2010 9:35 am
      I like to send my son who is an airman his treats in small storage containers you can pick up at places like WalMart. It works double duty for him, he gets a taste of home, and storage containers to keep his dorm room in order!
       
      QueenMaeve 
      Dec. 12, 2010 10:20 am
      i want to mail Buckeyes. Will they make it? They are going from one cold city to another cold city...
       
      Dec. 13, 2010 6:14 am
      Thanks so much for this article, my daugher is in Japan serving in the Marines and I wanted to surprise her with some homemade cookies, the only cookies i could think of were chocolate chip, so i whipped up a huge batch, secured them in neat rows in an airtight container with bubble wrap and were perfect when they arrived at her base! She had to fight everyone off because apparently the troops dont get too many homemade goodies...SO, I plan to make several dozen and ship them after christmas and will definitely send more of a variety this time now that i know which cookies ship better!!!!!!!
       
      Linda 
      Dec. 15, 2010 7:15 pm
      So much great advice! I found this site too that has specifics about shipping:
http://www.iraq-up-close-and-personal.com/care-packages-to-iraq.html
       
      angeliwas 
      Dec. 19, 2010 6:47 am
      Thank you for posting about mailing cookies. I have never mailed cookies but this year will be my first. I adopted a service man that has no family and I will be sending him cookies. Thank you for the info very helpful!
       
      grandmaa 
      Jan. 2, 2011 9:22 am
      I like to mail iced sugar cookies, but like to use the fluffy icing. Also, we do not use food coloring. I sprinkle raw sugar on the icing, and it gives the cookies a pretty golden glow. I have added all fruit jam, which gives the icing a soft color. Since the fruit is cooked, it does not break down in the icing. I have stored in plastic containers some of the cookies which were prepared two weeks ago. The cookies are still crisp, and the icing, though it has lost some of its fluff, is as nice as ever.
       
      hmmilton92085 
      Jan. 11, 2011 7:19 am
      The best way to ship cookies from my experience is using a tin can. Fill the first layer with light butter popcorn (ACT II) then one layer of cookies. Repeat until the tin is full. The butter in the popcorn keeps them moist and chewy and the popcorn protects the cookies for baking. Mail for soldiers deployed is unpredictable... As for a soldier who has deployed, trust me with this. Nothing like homemade cookies :)
       
      aprilshowers74 
      Mar. 22, 2011 9:37 pm
      RE: Comment by "angeliwas" / Dec. 19, 2010 at 6:47 am.. You mentioned in your post that you adopted a service man that has no family and are mailing him some cookies..I would love to look into doing that..how did you go about it?
       
      bruceb 
      Apr. 14, 2011 3:05 pm
      Thanks for the advice. I also find that FedEx handles my cookies far better than the post office. I had an incident last fall where an entire box of my cookies was flattened by the post office....not sure how that happened. Any case, next time you ship cookies try http://www.ShippingSidekick.com/NEX They offer really good shipping rates and you can print a label at home. -BM
       
      Pixi 
      Jun. 23, 2011 9:21 pm
      Marshmallows make best packing material. Mini ones for around the cookies & regular ones if you have bigger spaces to fill. 1000% better than popcorn.
       
      shopict 
      Sep. 25, 2011 12:27 pm
      to: aprilshowers74, go to soldiersangels.org there you can adopt a soldier and many other opportunities to support our troops! Anyone reading this can too!
       
      Charbella 
      Oct. 30, 2011 11:45 am
      @Lori my husband just received my bananna breads today. I sent three cakes to him to share with others. I baked the cakes and then after they cooled I wrapped each one with saran wrap and tape, followed by foil and tape. Once I did that I put the cakes in the freezer for at least 24 hours. I always wait until I am ready to go to the post office before taking the cakes out of the freezer. I wrap each one generously with bubble wrap and tape it very well. I also make sure all the sides of my mailing boxes have no holes in them. I have never used containers for my cakes and so far I have mailed him six cakes and they have arrived just as fresh and moist as the day that I have baked them. I just found this website and you posted your comment last year. I think it's great that some of you guys on here are baking for others. I always send two extra cakes in each box for him to share. You'd be surprised to know that most of these guys have no one sending them packages. Happy Baking
       
      RoniK 
      Oct. 31, 2011 10:57 am
      I like the pringles can idea. We will have to try that next. I haven't had any problems shipping to my daughter who is stationed overseas except the peanutbutter cookies, those were crubled. She said they were eaten. The freezer quality ziploc bags have worked really well for me to keep the food fresh. Most of her packages take 2-4 weeks to get there. Please keep sending your homemade goodies because our troops really look forward to these packages. Remember to toss in magazines and old paperback books too.
       
      Dec. 5, 2011 4:08 pm
      Can I send iced sugar cookies?
       
      mustangchick 
      Dec. 11, 2011 1:31 pm
      My now 93 year old grandmother used to use empty coffee cans and alternate layers of cookies and mini marshmallows. That seemed to work great for her delicate sugar cookies-- hope that works!!!!!
       
      hiho 
      Dec. 11, 2011 8:12 pm
      My mom used to send me cookies with a slice of white bread in the tin. By the time it arrived, the bread was hard as a brick but the cookies had "stolen" its moisture and were soft and fresh. ;)
       
      Nadinelynn1 
      Dec. 15, 2011 5:20 pm
      wWen baking your cookies, make them small enough to fit inside a Pringles can. This protects them and also keeps them fresh. They ship well and are not heavy like some of the cookie tins.
       
      Linda 
      Dec. 18, 2011 9:30 am
      How do I wrap a pound cake so it doesn't sweat
       
      nancy young 
      Mar. 22, 2012 4:48 am
      I much prefer a cookie with a soft, cake-like texture. There should be some way to just read a recipe and be able to know whether it will be hard and crunchy, once cooled, or if it will be nice and soft, keeping its softness when cold. However, If there is a way to tell this, I do not know it. Does anyone have suggestions on this?..I am not going to mail them. Just want to enjoy them.
       
      Adnahsar 
      Apr. 17, 2012 6:42 pm
      For those of you mailing to troops. My brother, who is a marine, says raspberry coconut cookie sandwiches traveled well (they took over a week to reach him). Some simple this work well like Carmel cashew chewies ( a bar cookie) and sandwich cookies with more sugar in the icing or fruit preserves hold up well and don't spoil.
       
      kristi 
      Jun. 10, 2012 7:00 pm
      to those with lactose issues, most cookie recipes use crisco or butter, and if low fat is needed you can substitute applesauce instead of oils and butter.Using egg substitute may also help,simple recipe one cup peanut butter, one cup sugar one cup egg sub. mix with mixer til slightly fluffy, bake 375 for 7-9 min. looks almost raw when done as they cool they set.
       
      kristi 
      Jun. 10, 2012 7:01 pm
      not one cup egg substitute oops! equiv of one egg!!!!
       
      JessikaRF 
      Jun. 13, 2012 10:55 pm
      Is pumpkin safe for shipping?
       
      JessiCa 
      Oct. 3, 2012 9:56 am
      I'm in the same boat as Amelia. My family is in Midwest and I'm in the Northeast. I really miss them. Right about now I'd be baking cookies with my niece and nephew. So instead I'm making and sending them some. The layering sounds like a great idea!
       
      jazz333 
      Nov. 21, 2012 5:58 pm
      What about Macarons? (not macaroons)
       
      KATE75 
      Dec. 9, 2012 8:04 pm
      I am sending cookies to my son who is a Marine. Didn't really have a clue other than the tim and wrapping real good. So I just want to thank all of you for the good advise and info. Merry Christmas!!!!!
       
      Jul. 9, 2013 8:35 pm
      Wilton has plastic bags made to put cookies in, or you could put one cupcake in and twist tie the bag. I have not used them yet, but I think that will be a good choice as you have them sealed in plastic, keeps them fresh and would help keep them from breaking up. Also, I think if you put the packing peanuts in the bottom of the box and then the cookies and peanuts around and on top of them.
       
      Shery 
      Oct. 4, 2013 7:51 am
      I saw that 2 people asked about sending frosted sugar cookies, but no one responded. I need to send them to New Mexico. They will be decorated like hot air balloons and fish. Don't want them broken, Will they be safe?
       
      lisa 
      Nov. 20, 2013 12:04 pm
      Has anyone had issues with cookies not getting to intended personnel? A couple years back when our son was overseas, we followed all instructions to a T, allowed items only, specific address instructions. First time box never reached him at all. Second time his CO confiscated the items, allowing my son a few pieces after doing pushups. We are talking over $100 between the two with shipping, etc. So now making cookies, spending a lot of money for supplies plus the time for making and baking, and I am very concerned it won't make it to the person intended for.............
       
      Tracy 
      Dec. 5, 2013 12:33 am
      Thank you so much for posting this article. My 20 year old daughter is currently deployed on the other side of the world, and missing all of the family birthdays and holidays this year. She is homesick as we always made special cookies together for the holidays. I can hardly wait to bake and pack up some holiday cookies for her and her shipmates. It will take approximately 2 weeks to reach her, but with the expert advice, I can better choose which goodies will hold up to the 2 weeks it will take to get to her!
       
      martyu 
      Dec. 21, 2013 9:07 am
      I know that popcorn gets soft & stail ..When shipping does anyone have an idea so that won't happen to the popcorn my daughter is not just a cookie kind of girl & this is also my first time shipping to her...can I ship in a large tin container. ?
       
      Jenifer 
      Feb. 17, 2014 7:09 am
      this really helped because i am sending cookies to Texas. not overseas or anything like that. the funny part is that the person i am mailing to is exactly 500 miles away
       
      Patricia 
      May 27, 2014 8:42 pm
      I have iced cookies I need to ship this summer...does anyone have a suggestion on how to ship 3 or 4 day air without messing up the icing (in the hot weather or delivery truck).
       
      Patricia 
      May 28, 2014 3:35 pm
      Shery, did you ever find a way to ship iced cookies???? Please help and thank you so much...
       
      Johanna 
      Jun. 22, 2014 1:50 pm
      I made "chocolate" dipped pretzel rods for my son (2000 miles away). Instead of white or milk chocolate, I used almond bark (candy coating) which doesn't melt as easily. I packed with parchment paper and put in large ziplock containers inside a regular box. Arrived perfectly. And I ate several while getting the package ready. Delicious. I'm going to send chocolate iced shortbread cookies next. I'll use the parchment/bubble wrap approach and see.
       
       
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