30 Best Cookies for Shipping in the Mail

Shipping cookies to a faraway friend or family member is one of the best gifts you can give. Here are all our favorite cookies for shipping, plus some advice on making sure all your cookies arrive safely!

Thinking about shipping some cookies to a faraway friend or family member? Can I give you my address? I kid, I kid!

Shipping cookies to a loved one is one of the best, kindest, and most sincere gifts that I can think of. Nothing is more special than receiving a box with special treats that you not only took the time to bake yourself, but also tenderly packaged in a box and got in the mail. That’s love.

Below are all our favorite cookies from Simply Recipes that would be great shipped in the mail. But first, some advice on making sure your cookies get there intact!

Tips for Picking and Shipping Your Cookies

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Brookies Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

The Best Kinds of Cookies for Shipping

This should come as no great surprise to you, but sturdy, solid cookies ship much better than delicate or crumbly cookies.

Specifically, these kinds of cookies ship well:

  • Drop cookies, like chocolate chip cookies, crinkle cookies, and peanut butter cookies
  • Spritz cookies
  • Slice-and-bake cookies, like butter cookies and pinwheel cookies
  • Meringue cookies and macaroons
  • Biscotti
  • Sandwich cookies (unless the filling is very gooey)
  • Bar cookies, like brownies and blondies
  • Candies, like fudge, chocolate bark, and rum balls

Frosted cookies are ok as long as the frosting is set and hardened. Cookies that have been frosted with buttercream tend to soften and smear when stacked together.

Avoid cookies that are very delicate or that snap easily, like lacy Chocolate Florentines or Candy Cane Cookies (which tend to break off at the neck.)

Proceed with caution when it comes to rolled-out cookies like gingerbread people or sugar cookies. If you plan to ship them, I suggest rolling them slightly thicker than you might otherwise. Also, use cookie cutter shapes that are fairly solid, like trees and hearts, as opposed to shapes with delicate parts that can snap off, like snowflakes or candy canes.

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Slice and Bake Pistachio Butter Cookies

How to Pack Up Cookies for Shipping

Even the sturdiest cookies will start to crumble if they’re left to tumble willy-nilly in a shipping box. How you package your cookies will help them survive the journey intact and still be fresh when they arrive at your best friend’s doorstep.

  • Plastic wrap is your friend: Bundle drop cookies, spritz cookies, biscotti, and meringue cookies in pairs with their bottoms kissing, as if you were making a sandwich cookie. Wrap rolled-out cookies, slice-and-bake cookies, in stacks of three or four. Wrap bar cookies individually.
  • Choose packing peanuts over bubble wrap: I know, I know — packing peanuts get everywhere and are kind of a headache. But in this case, it’s worth it because your cookie bundles will be more evenly cushioned on all sides. Peanuts also prevent the cookies from sliding around in the box, which they sometimes do when packed between layers of plastic wrap. (Alternatively, gently wrap the bundles in plastic wrap to create a cushion!)
  • Pack it up, but not too tightly: First, add a layer of packing peanuts. Next, add your bundles of cookies. It’s fine if they’re snug against each other (plastic wrap also clings to itself, after all, so bundles that touch is more insurance against free-wheeling cookies), but don’t pack them too tightly or too close to the edges of the boxes. Finally, cover with another layer of packing peanuts, making sure to fill the edges of the box and in between the bundles.
  • Multiple layers of cookies: If your box is big enough, you can certainly do two or three layers of cookies. I try to position the bundles so that they’re not directly on top of each other, so the bundles in Layer 2 are slightly offset from the bundles in Layer 1.

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Drop Cookies

These sturdy cookies are great choices for a care packages. Shipped fresh, they should arrive just as perfect and beautiful as the day they were mailed. Using plastic wrap, bundle these in pairs with their bottoms kissing, as if you were making a sandwich cookie.

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How to make the Best Chocolate Chip cookies from this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

These homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies are the BEST! One special ingredient helps deepens the flavor and gives the chocolate chip cookies a chewier texture. Save this chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's that good.

Brookie Cookie

Brownies and chocolate chip cookies together as one! Brookies are the best of both worlds, so you don't have to choose.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy to make, classic peanut butter cookie recipe, made with flour, sugar, butter, egg, and peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter cookies are the best!

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies on Plate

Chocolate crinkle cookies! Chocolate dough rolled in powdered sugar and baked into a festive black and white cookie. They're the perfect Christmas cookies!

Browned Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate chunk cookies using browned butter and chunks of milk chocolate. Browned butter (how-to guide included with pictures) is an extra step, but so worth it for these decadent chocolate chunk cookies.

Thumbprint Cookies

Thumbprint Cookies! Buttery shortbread-ish cookies with thumbprint indentation filled with your favorite jam. Perfect for the holidays!

Hershey's Peanut Butter Blossoms

Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies! When was the last time you made these favorite childhood cookies? Don't know? Let's remedy that. Chocolate and peanut butter belong together, and these easy cookies prove it.

Snickerdoodle

Classic snickerdoodle cookies! Cinnamon sugar topped cookies, crackly on the outside while pliable on the inside.

Homemade Browned Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

We LOVE these Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! They're loaded with chocolate chips, and pecans. Browned butter makes these homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies so wonderful!

Slice-and-Bake Cookies, Meringue Cookies, and Friends

These little treats also ship very well. If your cookies have flat bottoms but mounded tops, like drop cookies, package them in pairs with their bottoms kissing. If your cookies are of the flat on both sides, stack them in groups of three or four and then wrap in plastic.

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Holiday Pinwheel Cookies

Holiday Pinwheel Cookies are so fun on a cookie tray! Made by rolling with two colors of dough together. Freeze the log of dough for up to a month for slice-and-bake cookies.

Slice and Bake Pistachio Butter Cookies

Easy slice-and-bake pistachio butter cookies! Keep the dough in the fridge or freezer for a cookies whenever you want them. Food processor dough.

Light and sweet meringue cookies with pecans. Made with beaten egg whites, these meringue cookies are also known as Easter cookies.

Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Biscotti

These Cranberry Pistachio Chocolate Biscotti are tailor-made for dunking in coffee or tea. The recipe makes enough to wrap some up for a friend and keep the rest for yourself!

Spritz Cookies

A classic Christmas cookie, originated in Germany and Scandinavia. Spritz is a simple butter cookie pressed into festive shapes and topped with all sorts of garnishes.

Chocolate Rugelach with Cranberry

Rugelach is a classic Jewish pastry that's not at all hard to make at home. This version is full of chocolate and dried cranberries! Bonus: They freeze well and keep well!

Completed Coconut Macaroons Recipe on White Plate

Coconut macaroons, sweet coconut cookies that are slightly crunchy on the outside, with a secret ingredient to make them extra smooth on the inside.

Mexican Wedding Cookies

Crumbly, buttery, and nutty - Mexican Wedding Cookies are irresistible. Also called Russian Tea Cakes. Make with pecans, walnuts, almonds, or any other nut.

Ginger Almond Biscotti

Ginger almond biscotti cookie recipe with ginger and toasted almonds, as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and all spice. Perfect for dipping in coffee.

Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

These Cocoa Coconut Macaroons are like a cross between a classic macaroon and a fudgy brownie.

Candies

Candies require a little creativity when it comes to packing them up. Flat candies like chocolate bark or toffee can be stacked and wrapped. Pralines can be sandwiched in pairs like drop cookies.

I'd recommend packing treats like fudge or rum balls in a small, disposable plastic container; pack them fairly tightly so they don't bounce around and wrap with a rubber band to keep the lid on.

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Easy English Toffee in Bowl

Homemade English toffee! Top this crunchy, caramel toffee with dark chocolate and toasted nuts. It's so easy to make and keeps for weeks. Ships well, too!

Easy-to-make fantasy fudge recipe with semi-sweet chocolate, evaporated milk, sugar, butter, and marshmallow cream.

Chocolate rum balls! These easy no-bake treats are perfect for your next holiday party.

Christmas Crack

Christmas Crack! Saltine crackers coated with caramel and chocolate. A salty, crunchy holiday treat. What's not to love?

Peanut Butter balls or Buckeye balls

Chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls or Buckeye balls are so easy to make at home with this easy Buckeye recipe. An essential for any cookie tray!

Pralines

Pecan pralines are more than the sum of their parts: pecans, sugar, cream, butter, and vanilla. They're a rich, crunchy, candy-coated indulgence! Make them for a holiday cookie tray or to ship to a friend.

Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Holiday peppermint bark recipe, perfect for Christmas gift giving. Crumbled peppermints pressed into melted chocolate and cooled until hard.

Bar Cookies

To ship bar cookies, wrap each one individually and then stack them two or three high in your mailing box.

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Fudgy Brownies

These super-fudgy brownies are for chocolate lovers only! Made with melted chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and chocolate chips. Great for picnics, potlucks, or mailing to a friend.

Blondies

Quick and easy blondie recipe. Like brownies in shape and texture, blondies are flavored with brown sugar in place of chocolate. Delicious!

Magic Bars

Classic 7-layer magic bars with chocolate, nuts, butterscotch, and coconut! They're the perfect make-ahead dessert for your next party.

Peanut Butter Brownie Recipe

Chocolate and peanut butter are made for each other. This recipe tugs at the nostalgia of those boxed brownie mixes from childhood—but ours is made entirely from scratch.

Best Chocolate Brownies

The Perfect Chocolate Brownie! All from scratch. EASY to make and so much better than a box mix! Super chocolatey.

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the managing editor for Simply Recipes, as well as a food writer and homebrewing expert. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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