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How to Pack and Ship Cookies

Simple tips on how to pack and ship cookies that will look as beautiful when they arrive as the moment you box them. This post was originally published on December 4, 2014. I’m republishing due to it’s popularity. Enjoy!

How to package, ship & gift cookies beautifully!

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 in tact. Why? Because I knew how to pack and ship cookies. Well, almost. Here are my secrets to ship picture perfect cookies that will remain fresh:

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

  • Choose wisely – some cookies ship better than others, like shortbreads, sugar cookies, etc.
  • Use food safe materials. I purchase a lot of my materials here, you just have to forgive them for their website. 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:

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

Start with a sturdy box you want to present them in. Add food safe packing material so that they don’t shift within this box.

Pack & ship cookies with easy with these simple tips!

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. Please the parchment on top of the fill.


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. Have you ever received a mystery gift?

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

How to package, ship & gift cookies beautifully!


How to package & mail cookies pretty & safely!

Other great resources for packaging and mailing cookies:

Best cookie recipes for shipping via Martha Stewart

Shipping dates – learn when you need to ship by to get them there on your desired date


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Are you mailing any cookies this Christmas?

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



14 comments on “How to Pack and Ship Cookies”

  1. where did you find your boxes?

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  3. Great post! Can you please tell me specifically what boxes those are? They look like paper mache boxes but I couldn’t find it one Paper Mart. They have some great boxes but the ones you have look really sturdy. Thanks!

    • My apologies, they no longer carry them…you can purchase paper mache boxes at Michael’s & Hobby Lobby. With these packing instructions, any bakery boxes will do. Enjoy!

  4. thanx for your advice!

  5. Do you put any padding for the top part of the cookies? The bottom part is genius, but I am wondering if the top area needs any kind of cushioning. It looks like the chocolate part of it could break off.

    • No, adding packing to the bottom holds them in there securely so that it isn’t necessary from the top & the box is inserted into another well-wrapped package. I actually sent them to a few people in various areas of the country to test and they shipped beautifully!

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  8. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

    How do you keep the cookies fresh? and for how long?

    • It depends on the cookies you choose, but most will keep 3-5 days. Shortbreads are my favorite for longer shipping times. I usually use Priority Mail. Enjoy!

  9. Great resource and tips! Where did you source the darling inner gift tag stickers on the inside of the lid?

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