You can help! Tell us the story of your favorite armed forces member and why they deserve a box of cookies. Post your story on the Allrecipes blog, on Allrecipes’ Facebook Fan page, or Tweet us. Be sure to include the unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address. For safety reasons, do not mention the country where the solider is serving.
Send Cookies to the Troops
Would you like to mail cookies to the troops? Check out our Christmas Cookie Countdown for recipe ideas. And be sure to follow these tips for sending cookies into the Middle East.
Cookies for the Troops: Mailing Restrictions
There are several restrictions to keep in mind when sending cookies into the Middle East. To ensure that your care package arrives, please follow these guidelines.
- Do not use pork products (such as bacon or bacon-fat for frying).
- Do not bake with alcohol (no rum balls, for example).
- Do not use aromatic spices (such as nutmeg or allspice).
Cookies for the Troops: Mailing Requirements
The U.S.P.S. will not deliver packages unless they are addressed to a specific service member. Here are some other considerations when addressing your package.
- Address your package to a specific service member and always use his or her full name.
- Include the unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address and 9-digit ZIP Code (when assigned).
- Always include a return address.
- Print the recipient’s address in the lower right portion of the package -- or go online to print a postage-paid label.
SGT Steve Smith
Unit 2020 Box 3130
APO AP 94278-2050
Most likely, the climate where you’re sending your cookies is hot and dry. Here are a couple baking tips to follow to ensure that your cookies arrive in the freshest possible condition.
- Use vegetable shortening instead of butter, margarine or nut oils, which can go rancid.
- Use white sugar instead of brown sugar, honey, molasses, or corn syrup to avoid mold.
Sand is another consideration. Wrap your cookies tightly in resealable plastic baggies, then wrapped in bubble wrap (not packing peanuts) and packed snuggly in heavy-duty cardboard boxes. Use 2-inch packing tape to reinforce all seams. Don’t use cord, string, or twine.
Include a note card: It’s advisable to include a note card with your package describing the contents and acknowledging that you’ve followed the above restrictions: “The contents of this package contain no pork products, no alcohol, and no spices such as allspice or nutmeg.” Include the sender’s and recipient’s addresses, too.
The United States Postal Service has additional tips, FAQs and mailing restrictions for shipping to the troops.
For additional information on mailing cookies, see our Mailing Cookies article.