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Homemade cookies make a special delivery.

If you want to send cookies through the mail, consider these suggestions.

• Moist bar cookies are ideal because they won't dry out during the journey. Decorated and filled cookies are not good choices; decorated cookies are often too delicate, and filled cookies are too sticky to hold up well. Other types of cookies, if packaged correctly, should arrive in good shape.

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• Pack cookies tightly (in plastic wrap, foil, or a tin) so they won't have much room to jostle about and break.

• If sending more than one type of cookie, pack them in separate containers.

• Provide a protective cushioned layer to prevent cookies from breaking. Place cookies in plastic wrap, foil, or a decorative tin, and then place inside a larger box lined with bubble wrap or crumpled packing paper.

• Call or e-mail the recipient with the package's estimated arrival date. No one wants to miss out on a box of homemade cookies.

Sending Cakes and Cookies to Deployed Soldiers

Thanks to all of you, here are some great ideas for sending cakes and cookies to your deployed sons and daughters for those special occasions like birthdays and holidays.

You can send cakes and cookies through an online company or do it yourself! Following is a list of great suggestions from who else but the fabulous Army Moms (and others) who LOVE to make their deployed children feel special! Thank you everyone who contributed to this list!

Do It Yourself Goodies

  • Some assembly required birthday cakes! Well I mailed 6 cakes to my son in late september last year while he was in Iraq. i baked them in the aluminum pans that have lids. after baking a cooling i wrapped the pan in saran wrap, put the lid on and taped it. i then included tubs of icing, sprinkles and candles along with birthday plates and napkins. i called it my “some assembly required birthday cakes”. they all arrived intact and he said they ate them!
  • I bought a pound cake at the grocery – found it in the deli area in a foil pan. Included a can of frosting and other birthday accessories. Included a can of frosting and other birthday accessories. It arrived in Afghanistan during hot weather in good shape.
  • Old tins are good to ship baked goods in. Some of our boxes took one to three weeks to arrive.
  • Buy some tootsie rolls and make him a tootsie roll cake. Wrap the cake in saran wrap and place candles around the cake. Not only will the cake get there in one piece, but your son will be able to share the tootsie rolls with others and light the candles.
  • I always make them a cake out of twinkies and put plates, balloons, napkins and confettii in the center. I tape the twinkies end to end in a round shape put birthday ribbon on the out side I put the choclate cupcakes on the top and fill in the whole. That way it is fresh and is a nice treat for all the guys in the unit.

Cake in a Jar Recipe (thank you Julia!)

1 cake mix – whatever kind (I like to buy the different holiday ones that Pillsbury does)
4 wide-mouthed Mason Jars (Wal-Mart seems to have the cheapest price for 12)
Pam spray

Mix the cake mix and pre heat oven as directed. Spray the 4 jars with the Pam spray and set on a cookie sheet. You want to fill the jars only 1/3 full of cake batter. Bake for directed time, I have a cake tester I use to make sure they are done. As soon as you take them out of the oven, carefully screw the tops on. If the cake has risen above the top, carefully slice off excess so cake is even with the top. As the cakes cool, you will hear the tops pop as they seal themselves.

The cakes are said to last in the jars as is for 6 months and can be frozen for 12 months.You can send icing with it!

You can also make breads like Banana Nut or Zucchini in the jars doing the same thing.

How to Mail Cookies to Deployed Soldiers

If you haven’t read it yet, please check out (and share!) my blog How to Bake Mason Jar Cakes for Soldiers. I wrote that how-to tutorial while my husband was deployed to Afghanistan last year. Well, now my little brother is deploying to Afghanistan, and since the Fifty-Two Cakes project is over, I’ve switched to Fifty-Two Cookies. Gotta take care of our soldiers, am I right? So here’s my guide on how to properly package and mail cookies to soldiers deployed overseas in your care packages!

A few military care package restrictions to keep in mind: No pork products, alcohol or exceptionally aromatic spices. All care packages must be mailed to a specific soldier, as generic packages will not be delivered.

Step 1: Bake Care Package Cookies That Stay Fresh During Transit

It can sometimes take up to a few weeks for packages to get to the more remote bases. That said, there are several ways to keep your military care package cookies fresh:

  • Butter, margarine and nut oils have been known to go bad during the shipping process, so some sources say to use vegetable shortening instead.
  • Brown sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup and other sticky sweet substances have been known to get moldy during transit, so consider using white sugar instead.
  • Do not send cookies with custards, icings or special toppings – just like when I advise not to frost cakes if you’re sending jar cakes – frostings spoil easily. If you’d like to send icing or sprinkles, send a store-bought, unopened package right off the shelf instead.
  • If it’s a cookie that normally needs refrigeration, don’t send it to your soldier. There’s no refrigeration in transit for 7,000+ miles, k? Keep in mind the time of year that your package will ship. Melty cookies probably won’t do so great during those 100- to 120-degree summer days, but might be fine during brutal Afghanistan winters.
  • Dry, thick, crunchy cookies (think biscotti and gingerbread) ship really well, but don’t let that discourage you from other good chewy stuff (chocolate chip, oatmeal). The latter ship fine, too, with proper care taken during the packing process. If you’re sending chewy cookies and crisp cookies, pack them separately to avoid moisture transfer.
  • This is probably a given, but … airtight, people! Make sure you’re packing in airtight containers.

Step 2: How to Pack Cookies in Care Packages

No doubt your soldier will be thrilled to receive your care package regardless of whether your cookies are in pieces are not. It all goes to the same place, right? But we know you expect better and you want those cookies to arrive whole! Here are some packing tips:

  • Wrap cookies in resealable plastic bags like ZipLoc Gallon Bags.
  • Wrap the sealed plastic bags in bubble wrap and even a bonus layer of newspaper.
  • Some people prefer to layer their cookies: bubble wrap on bottom, line container with parchment paper, add cookies in layers with parchment paper between each layer, top with bubble wrap again.
  • Pack them snugly in the package, but don’t overcrowd them. Too tight or too loose and you end up with crumbs. Cookie tins are great for packing care package cookies properly.
  • Some sources say to include a description of the contents to assure mail reviewers that the package contains no restricted items. Notecards taped to the tin are fine.

Step 3: How to Ship Care Packages with Cookies to Soldiers

I prefer to send my care packages with other goodies, so I send 1-2 per month. I use flat rate shipping boxes and ship priority to the APO. Once nice thing about sending flat rate boxes to APOs is that there’s a $2 discount on flat rate box shipping, so take advantage of that. Write your soldier’s address largely and clearly, and double-check that address before dropping it off at the post office. Shipping time has been as short as 1 week and as long as 2-3 weeks to my husband in a remote province of Afghanistan, but I’m hoping it’ll be quick and easy for my brother who will be in a more populous area/larger city. You will be asked to fill out a customs form.

Regardless of what type of cookies you bake and your preferred method of packing and shipping them overseas, always tell your soldier to be careful, check them out first and proceed with caution – just in case. It’s unlikely that anything bad will happen if you follow these instructions on how to mail cookies to soldiers deployed overseas, but better safe than sorry, and the last thing you want is a soldier with a sick tummy.

We military family members have to stick together! Did you mail cookies to your soldier? Tell us in the comments which cookie recipes you used and share your experience or tips!

About HeatherPhysioc

Heather is an advertising professional in Kansas City. She is a vegetarian food-lover who finds joy in cooking, baking and finding new restaurants in new cities. She leads a pack of animals, including her beagle Ford, her shepherd-collie-retriever mix, Otto, and cat, Ahab.

How to Package and Send Cookies by Mail

Take care to package your cookies for the mail carefully when you plan to send them across the miles. You&rsquove worked so hard to bake homemade gifts so let&rsquos make sure that your cookies arrive in one piece!

What is the best way of sending cookies in the mail?

Learn how to package cookies for the mail so that your baked goods don&rsquot end up in crumbs. Baking cookies to share with a friend or neighbor is a kind gesture. Around the holidays we tend to bake more frequently and to send our homemade gifts.

Baking those special cookies and sending them across the miles takes another level of planning and caring so that your homemade gift makes it intact. No one wants to open a tin of cookies to find only small pieces and crumbs.

Have you had that happen before? What a sad feeling! Let&rsquos look into the best way to mail cookies with success!

There are a few ways you can set yourself up for success when you package cookies.

  1. First, pick a recipe that makes a somewhat firm cookie. It may be a crunchy gingersnap or a shortbread cookie. Butterscotch cookies would be good choices too.
  2. Second, don&rsquot send a cookie in the mail that has soft icing or delicate decorations. Looking for a plain cookie recipe? Beyond Frosting shares info on how to make sugar cookies with this easy recipe.
  3. Finally, follow these steps for how to package cookies to mail and remember that when it comes to cookie packaging supplies, bubble wrap is your friend!

What are the steps to take for mailing cookies?

Select a cookie tin that will fit a few layers of your cookies&ndash I like square tins for a few reasons but round also works. A square tin often fits well into the flat rate mailing boxes that United States Postal Service (USPS) offers.

USPS currently offers free boxes for their flat rate shipping. The sizes are small, medium and large. Both the medium and large have two shapes.

Because tins of cookies are often heavy, I suggest using this flat rate shipping option if you are in the United States.

You can even fit more than one cookie tin in each shipping box. Also, the shape of many cookies (round or square) lend themselves to fitting snugly in a square tin. There is less extra space in which they can jiggle and move around.

Cut layers of parchment and bubble wrap that will fit in your tin (again, this is why a square tin is easier). It simple to measure the dimensions with a ruler then to cut your materials accordingly.

Circles are fine but take more effort. Trace your circle onto the parchment first then use the parchment as a guide to cut the bubble wrap.

Begin with a layer of bubble wrap then parchment on the bottom of your tin.

Carefully make one layer of cookies. Cover with parchment, then bubble wrap, then parchment again.

Why take the extra step of parchment on both sides? Well, I like my cookies to only touch the parchment paper but if you don&rsquot mind them sitting on bubble wrap then you may skip some of the parchment in between layers. Repeat with more layers.

Tie or tape the cookie tin lid to the cookie tin. A colorful ribbon looks festive and bright.

More bubble wrap: wrap the cookie tin in bubble wrap then secure with tape or a ribbon.

Choose a shipping box somewhat larger than your cookie tin. Fill the bottom and edges with crumpled newspaper.

Place your cookie tin in the shipping box then tuck it in with more newspaper. The cookie tin shouldn&rsquot be visible by the end of this process.

Tape the box securely. Then give the box a shake, a toss, a wiggle. Yup, if you don&rsquot feel comfortable tossing your package around a bit then your cookies don&rsquot stand a chance to make in through our postal system!

Are you still considering which are the best cookies for gift giving? You&rsquoll find more choices in this summary of 12 Cookies to Bake this Season. Can you tell that I love Christmas cookies and baking for the holidays? I wish the season lasted all year long!

Now that you know how to mail cookies, let&rsquos get baking! You don&rsquot need to be concerned whether or not you can send cookies by mail once you have these steps mastered. If you&rsquoll feel better, ask your loved ones to take a picture of the package once it arrives to see how your DIY cookie packaging turned out. I&rsquove had great success and not one unhappy response when I&rsquove taken care to ship cookies by mail.

First video 2017

Here&rsquos my first try showing how to package cookies for shipping. This was my first video effort in 2017. Want the recipe to make those talkative letter cookies? Here it is!

Holly Baker started the food blog, A Baker&rsquos House, in 2011. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer for the site. Holly loves to bake and shares recipes for gluten free food, canning recipes, as well as traditional desserts too. Her recipes and food photography have been highlighted by BuzzFeed, Reader&rsquos Digest, and She Knows.

5 Tips for Sending Baked Goods Overseas

Picture the disappointment. Your Marine’s misfortune when a box of “Sent with Love” chocolate cookies arrives melted onto his children’s photos. Your sailor’s sadness when she discards moldy brownies mailed from Grandma. Your soldier’s irritation when faced with a pile of cookie crumbs that can’t be salvaged.

Whether it is for their birthday or Christmas or just because, you want to send edible love packaged in the perfect cookie. Follow these five simple tips to avoid the common cookie delivery problems: moldy, melted, and broken.

1. Choose Your Cookies

You want sturdy cookies that can handle the long-distance travel. The best choices are chocolate chip oatmeal, peanut butter, gingersnaps, and snickerdoodles. Now is not the time to attempt to replicate your great-grandmother’s sugar cookie recipe. Instead, use a fool-proof recipe found on the chocolate chip packaging.

Are there any baked goods that you shouldn’t send? Yes, anything that requires refrigeration is best saved for the homecoming celebration.

2. Bake Your Cookies

Use a small scoop to make the cookies uniform. The cookies will bake evenly and be easier to pack, once they have cooled completely. Experienced military spouses recommend removing the cookies a minute early from the oven. Soft cookies retain their freshness longer than dry cookies.

3. Pack Your Cookies

My grandmother has shipped cookies around the world for 30 years. She is a firm believer in an air-tight and sturdy tin. You can purchase affordable ones at discount stores. She puts parchment paper between each cookie layer. She doesn’t overfill the tin. Then she nestles this tin into a separate box with a generous amount of packing peanuts to cushion it. Her cookies never arrive broken.

You may also consider sending cookies in a Pringles can or stacking them sideways in a rectangular plastic container. Aim to replicate the methods used by food manufacturers. If Nabisco uses it for Oreos, try a similar method for your cookie delivery.

Toiletries should be packed separately from cookies otherwise, your cookies may arrive smelling like soap.

4. No Stale Cookies

It can take up to two weeks for packages to arrive at operating bases overseas. Place a piece of bread in the container with the cookies. When the package arrives, the bread will be stale and your cookies will be fresh.

5. No Guessing Game

Clearly label the package to avoid any delays. The U.S. Postal Service also recommends labeling the box as “fragile” and “perishable food” in three places: above the address, below the postage stamp, and on the back or bottom of the package.

Within the box, place a note if any cookies contain nuts or peanut butter.

If shipping around the holidays, make sure you are aware of the latest shipping by deadlines. You want to make sure any holiday goodies get to where you want them to go on time.

Part-time writer, full-time Navy spouse Michelle Volkmann is currently stationed near Monterey, California. For the last four years, she has baked several dozen sugar cookies. She hasn’t baked a perfect one yet, but she will try again this holiday season.

How to Ship Cookies

Everyone loves to have cookies delivered to their doorstep, but do you know how to pack and send cookies to help them arrive fresh and intact? Top cookie aficionados are privy to the secrets behind proper cookie shipping.

Shipping Cookies Made Simple

There are two golden rules of shipping cookies:

  1. Keep them from breaking in transit. Certain types of cookies travel better than others&mdashthink twice about shipping cookies that are thin and crispy, or that have a heavy filling. Drop cookies and bar cookies ship well, as do cookies that contain dried fruit.
  2. Preserve the freshness of the cookie at all costs.

How to Pack Cookies for Shipping

With the two golden rules in mind, follow these simple steps and you&rsquoll be approaching cookie shipping perfection in no time:

  • Always allow your cookies to cool to room temperature before packing. Shipping warm cookies will cause condensation in the container, which can spoil the texture of the cookie.
  • Plastic wrap each cookie. For added protection against bumps and bangs, take individually wrapped cookies and double wrap them back-to-back.
  • Use an airtight container for packing the cookies. Line the bottom of the container with a cushioning material, such as bubble wrap or Kraft paper.
  • If shipping different types of cookies, stack bigger ones at the bottom, with smaller and lighter ones on top. Fill empty space with cushioning material.
  • Place the inner container in a shipping box. Use packaging material to secure the container, which should fit snugly inside. Mark the box as &ldquoPerishable&rdquo and indicate &ldquoThis Way Up&rdquo to reduce the chances of your carefully packed cookies getting flipped about. Visit The UPS Store ® location for supplies.

Even if a few cookies break here and there, you can bet your bottom dollar they&rsquoll still get eaten.

If you spent too much time baking and just want to send the cookies out, visit The UPS Store ® location near you to get expert support with packing and shipping your baked goods. The UPS Store ® offers a range of packing services and packaging materials perfect for your shipment,

The Best Way to Ship Cookies Is Fast

As with any perishable , speed is of the essence when it comes to shipping cookies. Select an express shipping option to get your cookies delivered as fast and as fresh as possible. Consider UPS ® Simple Rate &ndash which offers standardized shipping rates for small packages across the United States.

When choosing your shipping service, bear in mind the time of year and where you&rsquore shipping to. Nobody wants a box of cookies sitting in a loading bay a minute longer than necessary during the hot summer months. If possible, avoid sending over weekends or holidays. Doing so will keep your cookies&rsquo transit time to the minimum.

Share the Cookie Love

If you&rsquore still unsure about how to ship cookies, here&rsquos a quick recap. Follow along, and you&rsquoll be a cookie shipping maestro before your oven&rsquos cooled.

How to Ship Cookies

Place two cooled cookies together back to back. Wrap each sandwich up individually and tightly. I know this uses a little extra plastic wrap but you really don’t need much per cookie sandwich. Wrapping the cookies up, back to back, will keep them sturdy and confined, safe and strong. Unless the cookies are very soft and falling apart in your hands, they shouldn’t break or tear during the shipping process because they are confined and have the support from the cookie beneath it.

Place all of the wrapped sandwiches into a tin or Tupperware container. Stuff the tin or container with tissue paper (I’ve purchased this set of Christmas colored tissue paper– it’s great), crumbled newspaper, or packing peanuts to keep the cookies snug. Place the tin or container into a shipping box and use more crumbled newspaper or other shipping materials if needed. Then send off!

27 Tested, Mailable Recipes for Care Packages

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Welcome back! It’s wonderful to have you here! If you love Jo, My Gosh!, never miss a post by subscribing to my newsletter! By the way, this post may contain affiliate links and this blog is for entertainment purposes only.

I was a really dumb military girlfriend. When John deployed, I dug right into care packages. I didn’t do much research. I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Sure, I was worried about things breaking or going bad, but I didn’t research things extensively. Looking back now, I should probably have asked around to see what other people did.

Instead, I just learned as I went. (And that takes a lot longer than just asking.) And I learned a lot about shipping food in care packages:

  1. Don’t send chocolate in the summer. Just, no.
  2. Assume that the food will need to last for 2-4 weeks. Make sure to package accordingly.
  3. If you’re worried, just don’t send it. Find a non-homemade version instead.
  4. Nut mixes are fantastic for shipping.
  5. Dry cookies are also great and it is possible to package them so they don’t get pulverized.

I know that sending baked goods is something that so many military spouses and significant others want to do. After all, it’s a way to say I Love You and to comfort and take care of someone even when you’re far apart. It’s also a little daunting.

I reached out to some military spouses who definitely know what they’re doing. Some have been through multiple deployments and separations all have sent care package goodies at one time or another. They shared their fail-safe, definitely-will-work-for-care-packages recipes so that you don’t have to fumble around, looking for recipes that might (or might not work). This is a gold mine right here!

Almond Joy Mason Jar Cake

Throw in a little decadence and send these Almond Joy Mason Jar Cakes to your loved one. Maybe keep one for yourself. Or two.

Pina Colada Mason Jar Cake

Send some Margaritaville vibes overseas (or to the next state) with An Aiming High Wife’s Pina Colada Mason Jar Cakes. It’s tropical twist on a favorite care package staple that is sure to be loved!

Pumpkin Pie Mason Jar Cake

You can’t send pie in a care package… but you can send pie-inspired cake! An Aiming High Wife is clearly the queen of mason jar cakes! This would be perfect for any fall care package– especially a Thanksgiving-themed one!

Box Mix Mason Jar Cakes

You don’t have to make mason jar cakes from scratch– sometimes there’s just no time for that. It is possible to make them with box mix. Amy from SpouseBuzz tested it in her kitchen and takes you through every single step (with pictures, too!) so you don’t miss a thing.

Vanilla Bean Almond Cookies

These refreshing crispy cookies are fantastic for shipping— and they offer a different taste than the usual chocolate chip cookies, Oreos, or pre-packaged snacks.

Double Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint is always such a tasty combination! These cookies combine both flavors and are best shipped during the winter when the candy centers will most likely stay cool and not melt.

Snowball Cookies

Using all natural ingredients, these snowball cookies from Hippy Milspouse are maple-y and perfect for packing and sending across the country or the world.

Low-Cal Chocolate Cherry Cookies

I sent these deliciously decadent cookies to John for Valentine’s Day, but you can send them anytime!

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Scones

Perfect for a breakfast box, Valentine’s Day theme, or just because they’re delicious, these scones are probably best for care packages going shorter distances.

Six-Minute Vanilla Caramels

Stick this in the microwave and pull out a very tasty candy that can be passed around the command, office, or ship! Avoid sending Six-Minute Vanilla Caramels to super hot places during the summer. They’re best sent during the fall, winter, and early parts of the spring.

Low-Cal Cornbread Cookies

Cornbread cookies. Yes. I know it sound weird, but they’re actually very tasty and the perfect accompaniment to a salad, bowl of chili, or spicy meal. They’re a great way to send comfort food when you can’t actually send the whole meal.

Grayesla Granola Bars

John absolutely adored Grayesla Granola Bars (get it? I crack myself up.) and I shipped them to him a few times while he was deployed. They’re packed with a lot of calories from nuts, grains, and honey, so make sure you cut them into small pieces.

No-Bake Pecan and Oat Bars

Another perfect breakfast or snack-time treat, these pecan and oat bars are super easy to whip up– they don’t need an oven, just a stove top!

Blueberry Super Granola

Seeds, grains, dried fruit… this granola recipe has it all and is deceptively easy to make. You’ll want to send a huge tub of it because chances are, your loved one will share it with his or her friends.

Quinoa Breakfast Cookies

Quinoa is a power grain that contains, among other nutrients, protein. These breakfast cookies are healthy, filling, and very stable for shipping– a trifecta of awesomeness for care packages!

Garlic Ranch Pretzels

These delicious pretzels from Seeing Sunshine combine the best appetizer flavors ever (garlic and ranch, duh!) into a very shippable snack that will withstand heat and cold and is pretty hardy when it comes to breaking and turning into dust.

Easy Spicy Crockpot Snack Mix

If you love using your crockpot for other-than-soup, you will love this faux Chex Mix. All you have to do is mix up the ingredients, throw them in your crock pot, and ship it to someone who needs a little love (and a delicious snack). Check out Only Passionate Curiosity’s recipe here.

Wheat Thin Wanna-Be Crackers

Make an all-natural version of Wheat Thins. They ship well– send a few jars or different dippable sauces, chutneys, or jams!

Sweet Hot Chili Sauce

When John was deployed, he got tired of the same food at the DFAC. I tried mixing things up by sending different kind of dressings, toppings, and spices that he could easily add to veggies or other foods. I wish I would have had this recipe for chili sauce!

Cinnamon Honey Glazed Nut Mix

Nut mixes are perfect for care packages and deployment. They’re healthy, ship well, and are pretty shelf-stable. These cinnamon honey nuts can double as dessert, too!

Candied Pecans

These candied pecans taste like they’re straight from the South and like hot nuts carts in New York City. I don’t know how that is possible, but it is. The recipe is easy and the results are tasty!

Cocoa Roasted Walnuts

Satisfy a sweet tooth or chocoholic with this easy recipe for cocoa roasted walnuts.

Pumpkin Pie Nut Mix

Baking up a batch of Pumpkin Pie Nut Mix will make your kitchen smell awesome… and the care package will too! This recipe uses no sugar except for natural honey (or agave, if you have it on hand).

Cinnamon Sea Salt Roasted Walnuts

If your loved one doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth, this walnut mix is perfect. There’s no sugar at all– just cinnamon, sea salt, and lots of protein.

Lemon Pepper Walnuts

Keep things zesty and interesting with this exciting flavor combination. Lemon Pepper Walnuts are a great snack– a handful is filling!

Dried Blueberries

You can’t send fresh fruit, but you can send dried fruit! This recipe for dried blueberries adds no sugar or preservatives and only uses your kitchen you don’t need a dehydrator or other equipment. Make sure that you send the blueberries in an air-tight container or sealed bag so they stay fresh as long as possible.

Truffle-Infused Sea Salt Kale Chips

You don’t need anything but your oven for this recipe either. Make and send kale chips in a care package– they keep up to one month as long as they have been baked thoroughly, so there’s really no reason not to.

Looking For More Care Package Ideas? Try These:

5 Responses

It’s interesting that so many people had success with the mason jar cakes. When I sent these to my husband, he told me… “I really appreciate the cakes, but they smelled funky. The guys told me not to tell you, but I was afraid you’d send them again.” haha! Didn’t go so well for me, as you can see!

I’ve sent pie in a mason jar. As long as you “can” it, it seems to keep. I did sweet potato pie a couple years ago as well as apple pie in a jar. I’ve also sent cakes. Everything done in a mason jar just has to be cooked in it, and the kids have to be boiled and put on hot. You’ll hear that *pop* so you know they are sealed!

Hi Jo! I am a Navy mom. On my daughter’s last deployment I sent her cookies that ended up all smooshed together in a big clump. Do you have any recommendations on how to pack different things to send her that don’t either crush or smoosh? I love your site and have gotten a lot of great ideas.
Thanks, Charlotte

When I sent cookies to my husband, I put them in ziploc bags then in plastic containers. A friend of mine used pringle cans

How to Ship Cookies and Avoid Heartbreak

The holiday cookie does not have to crumble on your watch.

The last thing anyone needs this year is to get a box of crumbs in the mail. Holiday cookies are𠅎ven in non-hellscape times—one of the greatest pleasures of the season. Homemade, mail-ordered, swapped, given, or bought, cookies bring a kid-giddy respite from the stresses of the day, even just for a moment. In a holiday season when in-person swaps are inadvisable, to say the least, making cookies to send to friends and family is one of the cheerier pursuits you could engage in, but you&aposve gotta make sure they arrive intact and in time.

When they were alive, my grandmother and aunt used to send out cookies by the thousands, each swaddled in several layers of wax paper and nestled into department store clothing boxes. There was minimal crumble and they arrived tasting fresh, but oof—such packaging waste will not stand in these more eco-conscious times. The experts at USPS, UPS, and FedEx have some advice for shipping cookies, but this is key: send them as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. No one will be miffed by getting a baked treat a few weeks before the actual holidays. 

U.S. Postal Service

The USPS Postal Posts blog has a trove of useful tips for shipping fragile items, but it all bakes down to this: 

Yes, you&aposre a cookie-making machine, and you&aposve got your bake-to-box assembly line down to a science, but you&aposve got to let the goods cool to room temperature before they go into the box or the steam will condense and sog everything up. Texture havoc can also happen if you pack soft and crisp cookies in the same airspace, so if you&aposre making both, separate them into plastic bags and slip a piece of white bread in with the soft cookies so they don&apost dry out. Not every cookie needs to be individually mummified, but it helps to slip a layer of wax paper in between layers. Also, not every cookie is a great candidate for travel. Your ornately iced portraits of Dolly Parton or Megan Thee Stallion might pop on Instagram, but show up looking more like the Cookie Monster depending on temperature fluctuations super-delicate cookies might arrive in shards. Save these for in-person gatherings, when such a thing is again feasible. 

Use the right-sized box for the job so the contents are neither jostling around nor jammed in, and make sure to reinforce the bottom, sides, and top so the cookies themselves aren&apost bearing the pressure of a stack. On the inside of the package, use crumpled paper, bubble wrap, recycled packing foam, or some other material that adds cushioning without weight. On the outside, tape like a fiend. If you&aposre opting for Priority Mail or Express Priority Mail, flat-rate boxes are free, and sturdy as heck. The USPS also provides free Military Care Kits with flat-rate boxes, labels, customs envelopes, and Priority Mail tape.

Ship by: The USPS recommends these deadlines for expected delivery by December 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:

12/9   APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

12/11 APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services

12/15 USPS Retail Ground service

12/18 APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service

12/18 First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)

12/18 First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

12/19 Priority Mail service

12/23 Priority Mail Express service

12/18 Alaska to/from Continental U.S. First-Class Mail

12/19 Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail

12/21 Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail Express

12/15 Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

12/21 Hawaii to/from mainland Priority Mail Express

"Preserve the freshness of the cookie at all costs," is the mantra of UPS&aposs dedicated cookie page. The shipping service backs up much of the Postal Service&aposs advice, and notes that drop and bar cookies, as well as those containing dried fruit, are ideal candidates for shipping. Where the counsel differs, though, is that UPS suggests individually wrapping cookies in plastic (which also helps flavors and scents from intermingling), and double-wrapping them in pairs. The company also advises that heavier cookies should be placed toward the bottom, and the outside of the box should be marked with the word, "perishable" and indicate "this way up" to minimize the chances of heartbreak.

Ship by: "The best way to ship cookies is fast," says UPS, and suggests express shipping options, such as the flat-priced UPS Simple Rate that offers four speed options from Ground to Next Day Air Saver.

To guarantee delivery by December 24, UPS recommends these deadlines for domestic shipping:


If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of sending precisely temperature-controlled cookies, FedEx has detailed diagrams for including cold gel packs or dry ice and insulation in a box, but maybe save that for the pros. Their more practical advice for perishables is to package them for a journey of 30 hours, and opt for one of the quicker-shipping express methods, which include free boxes.

Ship by: FedEx advises checking with your local branch to make sure of their hours and any weather conditions or service alerts that might affect national or local shipping speeds, but the service offers a host of highly-precise and extremely trackable options. And should some local naughty-listers be in the habit of prowling your recipient&aposs neighborhood for unattended packages, they can sign up for Delivery Manager to follow the delivery step-by-step, or even have it rerouted to a local chain supermarket, pharmacy, or Dollar General. 

12/9 FedEx SmartPost (certain exceptions apply)

12/15 FedEx Home Delivery / FedEx Ground

12/21 FedEx Express Saver / 3 Day Freight / 2 Day / 2 Day A.M. / 2 Day Freight

12/23 1 Day Freight / Extra Hours / Standard Overnight / Priority Overnight / First Overnight

7 Tips for How to Mail Cookies

Wondering if you can mail cookies by USPS, UPS, FedEx, or other such services? Sure! But you risk them arriving a bit dried out or as a pile of broken pieces unless you …

1. Choose sturdy cookies. Avoid any cookie recipes that are fragile (macarons), flaky (lacy Florentines), cream-filled (sandwich cookies), or delicate (butter wafers) when shipping cookies through the post. The best cookies to mail are those that are at lower risk for breaking or smushing during transit. Sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, biscotti, bar cookies, shortbread, oatmeal cookies, and snickerdoodles do well. If you want to send cookies by mail that are frosted, choose those topped with a drier, firmer frosting, like a powdered sugar glaze or royal icing rather than a fluffy buttercream.

2. Allow them to cool before packaging. We know it can be tempting to send cookies by mail ASAP after they come out of the oven, but shipping cookies that are still warm is a bad move. Cookies that haven’t fully cooled can generate condensation inside the packaging. Not only can this alter the texture, but it may also result in bacterial growth, molding, or other food safety issues.

Allow each item to cool fully. If you’re worried about potential spoilage, the best way to ship cookies may be in an insulated cooler ($25, Office Depot) with ice packs or dry ice to keep things chilled, Frum advises, because the postal service doesn’t offer refrigeration.

3. Wrap the cookies.One of the most important considerations in this process is how to package cookies to send in the mail. Our Test Kitchen suggests wrapping pairs of cookies, back-to-back, in plastic wrap. The exception: Bar cookies or brownies, which tend to be sturdy enough to wrap and hold up individually. It might be a little time-consuming to divide your batch into sets of two as you send cookies by mail, but trust us—it&aposs worth the extra wrapping to make sure they arrive intact.

4. Stack them smartly. If you’re shipping cookies of different sizes, weights, and styles, stack the cookies in rows with the largest and heaviest ones at the bottom of the box. Progress up to the smallest and lightest on top. A final key to packaging cookies to send in the mail: Fill any empty crevices with cushioning like bubble wrap ($14, Target), packing peanuts ($6, Office Depot), or crumpled newspaper.

5. Choose a new box. �use boxes can weaken in the shipping process, we recommend that you don’t reuse boxes. Instead, you can get free Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes at your local post office,” Frum says. If you choose to risk it and reuse an old box for shipping cookies, note that logos and all extra markings or labels must be masked or removed, Frum adds.

6. Wrap and label the box. Seal the top of the box with packing tape. Wrap the box in kraft paper ($7, Michaels) and secure with tape.

“Once the box is packed, make sure the address is printed clearly on the outside including all address elements, such as apartment numbers and directional information,” Frum says. 𠇊lso place a card inside the package that contains the delivery and return addresses. This ensures the package can be delivered or returned should the box break open or the mailing label become damaged or fall off.”

If you’re shipping cookies or other holiday goodies, you’re not required to mark the box with “perishable”𠅋ut you certainly can if you like.

7. Select express shipping. Depending on how the package is sent, domestic delivery can take up to five days, Frum says. To expedite and reduce the chance of spoilage when you send cookies by mail, choose Priority Mail Express (overnight to two days) or Priority Mail (one to three days) to help ensure it arrives in a timely manner, Frum says.

If you want to ship cookies through the post but don’t want to venture out to your nearest USPS, UPS, or FedEx location, you can use the following resources to order boxes, print labels, purchase postage, and/or request package pickup:

Now that you know the basics of how to mail cookies, the toughest decision will be narrowing down which classic cookie recipes to bake and share.