Fabulous Old-Time Cookies
How To Safely Ship Your Cookies
By Shane Bryan
Shipping delicious homemade cookies to faraway loved ones during the
holidays is a favorite gift giving idea shared by millions. Fresh baked
cookies make wonderful gifts. For those on a budget, homemade cookies
are a loving and thoughtful way to remember everyone on your list. And
don’t forget our troops stationed overseas. They always appreciate a
little taste of home and it makes them feel appreciated and supported.
Some types of cookies ship much better than others. This is what we
will cover in this article along with tips on packaging.
Some of your best cookie choices for shipping are ones that don’t break
easily like unfrosted bars, chewy or fudge like brownies, drop cookies
and firm cut-out cookies. Poor choices for shipping include cake-like
brownies or bars, soft cookies, frosted cookies or bars and anything
with ingredients that might spoil or melt in warm weather.
You don’t want to pick cookies with sharp points as the travel will
probably break the points. Use smaller designs with your cut-out
cookies as they will be less likely to break during shipping.
While it is not generally recommended, I have had good luck shipping
frosted cookies. Just make sure you use something harder like a glaze
or royal icing. If carefully packed in layers, this should work just
Always make sure your cookies are cooled completely before packing or
you may have problems with sogginess.
You will want to pack differently flavored cookies in separate
containers. The flavors will mingle during shipping. You will also want
to keep crisp and soft cookies packed separately. Packing together will
soften your crisp cookies.
Use sturdy foil-lined containers or tins. Airtight containers work
best. Use a layer of crumpled wax paper on bottom for cushioning. Wrap
round cookies back to back in pairs. Wax paper or cellophane work
excellent for this. Place a small piece between your cookie pairs to
keep them from sticking together. These may be stacked flat or on end.
Pack snugly with the heavier cookies on the bottom. Use crushed wax
paper in any holes to prevent jiggling. Layer bars between sheets of
waxed paper. Use wax paper to cushion container at the top and keep
Carefully pack your container or containers in your shipping box. Use
lots of crumpled newspaper, packing peanuts or other packing material
to carefully cushion everything. If you are looking for a light and
environmentally friendly packing material, try air-popped popcorn with
Seal the box with shipping tape and cover the address label with clear
tape for protection. Always clearly label your box “PERISHABLE” to
encourage careful and speedy handling. Labeling the box “FRAGILE,
HANDLE WITH CARE” couldn’t hurt either.
If you follow these steps, your cookies should always arrive fresh and
undamaged, no matter what the post office does to them. I’ve shipped
lots of cookies over the years with no problems.
This article was
taken from my new book “Fabulous Old-Time Cookies.” Now
you can bake delicious cookies just like grandma used to make. This
filled with 228 American heirloom cookies and old-world favorites. Plus, it is
just packed with baking tips, quotes and food trivia.To
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