How to Pack and Ship Cookies

LAST UPDATED: Jun 16, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 06, 2017 | By:

Simple tips on how to pack and ship cookies that will look as beautiful when they arrive as the moment you box them.

brown kraft paper boxes tied with white ribbons with a text overlay that says "how to pack and ship cookies"

This post was originally published on December 4, 2014. I’m republishing due to its popularity. Enjoy!

I am a big proponent of Homemade Gifts and Creative Christmas Ideas. In fact, this post with 50 of the BEST Christmas Cookie Recipes has been shared countless times!

There’s nothing sweeter than sending Christmas cookies, but as I learned years ago, it’s important to know exactly how to package and ship them. 

Chris, I hope you’re not reading this…when I was 18, I made my boyfriend my signature chocolate chip cookies and shipped them across country. Young, naive and just in love, I thought shipping them overnight via FedEx would be the best option.

It didn’t even occur to me that FedEx couldn’t deliver to a military box until they showed up on my doorstep a week later. The good news? While nearing the end of their freshness, they were perfectly intact.

Why? Because I knew how to pack and ship cookies. Well, almost. I’ve learned a few things along the way.

three kraft paper boxes tied with cream ribbon bows on a wood surface.

Here are my favorite secrets to ship picture perfect cookies that will remain fresh.

Tips for Packing and Shipping Cookies

  • Choose wisely – some cookies ship better than others, like shortbreads, sugar cookies, etc. (See a list of great recipes for packing and shipping at the bottom of this post)
  • Use food safe materials. Parchment paper is easy to cut to fit any box and of course, food safe.
  • Choose sturdy materials. If they need to be airtight, use tins.
  • Package your cookies inside a box, then fill a second box with packing material, insert the box and surround it with packing material.
  • Don’t skimp on the packing supplies. Save peanuts, bubble wrap, etc to ensure that the box inside the box won’t move.
  • Ship USPS Priority. It’s quick, reasonable and can deliver anywhere… even military bases. Lesson learned.

How to Package Cookies

A kraft paper box with a soft wood shred inside for a cookie packing tutorial.
  1. Start with a sturdy box (like these paper mache ones pictured here) that you want to present them in. Add food safe packing material (this wood style pictured is so pretty, and I also like a simple kraft paper shred) so that they don’t shift within the box.
Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

2. Cut parchment paper to fit the box…this box is 8 inches wide and 3″ tall, so I cut paper 20″ so that it folds over beautifully and “seals”. I use a paper cutter for straight lines. Place the parchment on top of the fill.


3. Add your cookies! If you’re stacking them, cut a parchment square to fit to separate them.

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

Don’t forget to label them! We’re all more encouraged to enjoy something when we know what they are and who they came from.

How to Ship Cookies

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

Tie the inner box with a ribbon to secure it.

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

Add plenty of packing material, insert your inner box and fill with packing material to secure your inner box.

More Gift Ideas

Quick Tip: If it shakes with you, imagine what it would do being tossed on and off trucks. We want them to look like this (below) when they open them.

How to package, ship & gift cookies beautifully!
How to package & mail cookies pretty & safely!

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Great Cookies for Stacking, Packing, Shipping and Gifting