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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oatmeal and chocolate chips are great together. Add in some pecans and coconut and we're pretty excited. But it's the brown butter that take these cookies over the top!
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.
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.
Peppermint Bark is so festive and so EASY! This recipe uses both peppermint extract and crushed candy canes to make it an extra-special holiday treat. It makes a great holiday gift for teachers, neighbors, and friends!
To ship bar cookies, wrap each one individually and then stack them two or three high in your mailing box.
Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. 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.