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!
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:
- 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:
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.
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.
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:
Tie the inner box with a ribbon to secure it.
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:
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
Are you mailing any cookies this Christmas?