27 August, 2019
How To Package Cookies For Shipping – Keep Your Cookies Fresh and Broken Free
Have you thought about sending cookies to friends and family, who live far away, for the holidays? How about to your college students or to those who are serving in the military? Cookies can mean a lot to all of them! For friends and family, it can show that you thought about them durinjg the holidays, and who doesn’t like a homemade gift? For college students and military personnel, it could help ease some homesickness that they feel. How about an elderly person who doesn’t need “things”, but a little homemade thoughtfulness can make their day!
Maybe you have not sent cookies because you are afraid that by the time they reach your loved one, they will be stale, broken into bits, or both! Let me show you how to package cookies for shipping in a few easy steps.
Here is a list of things you will need:
- Cookies – of course! Below I have links to several of my favorite recipes.
- Plastic Wrap
- Bubble Wrap – Cookies love bubble wrap!
- Parchment paper or decorative paper
- Air Tight Container or more than one, depending on how many and type of cookies you are sending.
- Box for shipping that is bigger than the air tight container
- Address label
- Packaging tape
After you have baked your cookies, let them cool completely! You do not want to package warm cookies. Warm cookies will cause a steam effect inside an airtight container and you will end up with “wet” cookies by the time they arrive at your loved one’s door. We don’t want that! So, before doing any packaging, let them sit on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes, then check to make sure they are cool. If they are cool, continue to package them. Otherwise, give them more time on the cooling racks.
Once your cookies are completely cool, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap. This will add a little protection to the cookie and keep them fresher longer.
Choose an airtight container. Pick out a size of container that will fit all your cookies plus bubble wrap. You might want to invest in more than one container if there is not enough
room for all your cookies in one. Plus, if you have more than one kind of cookie, you might want to package them in separate containers to keep the flavors from mixing.
An airtight container will keep your cookies fresher for a longer period, which will help during the time it takes to ship them. It is also nice for practical people, like myself, because they can be reused anytime of the year. The decorative tins are nice, but they are not as air tight and then they go into a cupboard to be used only once a year, if that.
I really recommend picking out a nice container that is air tight and can be used over and over again. You can find my recommendation brands here.
In your air tight container, put a layer of bubble wrap. Bubble wrap will be your friend for helping your cookies get to your loved ones unbroken. Do not skimp on it! Use it generously!
Next, add a layer of parchment paper, or you could use decorative paper – Christmas paper, birthday paper, etc. This will give your package a little flair for whatever the occasion.
On the parchment paper, put one layer of cookies that have been individually wrapped. Add another layer of parchment paper, then more bubble wrap, parchment paper, cookies,parchment, etc. Continue with these layers until all your cookies are packaged or you run out of room in the container. End with a layer of bubble wrap. You will also want your lid to fit and the cookies to be snug, not flattened, inside.
I was able to get 45 peanut butter cookies into my container with the bubble wrap and parchment paper. That was 3 layers worth.
Wrap the whole air tight container in bubble wrap. Again, bubble wrap is your friend who is going to travel with your cookies, keeping them safe!
Choose a shipping box that is large enough for your container of cookies and yet allows enough room to put extra packaging material all around it.
At the bottom of your shipping box put a generous layer of packaging peanuts, bubble wrap or old newspaper. I recommend bubble wrap for the safest option! Then put your container of cookies on top. Your cookies should be near the center of the box. Add more packaging around the sides and top of your cookies. This will keep your container from moving around and breaking your cookies.
A neat idea, and one that I am showing here, is that you could substitute the packaging materials with bagged popped pop corn. Put your popped pop corn into quart sized baggies and make sure they seal well. Then put them around your cookie container instead of packaging material. Now your loved one will get two gifts instead of one!
Now you are ready to secure your package with packaging tape and affix an address label on the outside of the box. Take your package to the post office and choose a delivery time that you can afford that will allow the fastest shipping possible. This will allow your cookies to get there in the best condition possible.
Cookies make a great homemade and inexpensive gifts to those who live far away and cannot spend the holidays with you. They also make nice gifts to those who are homesick, like college students or those serving in the armed forces. You can send them a bit of home with a little effort.
To make sure your cookies arrive to your loved ones in pristine condition, remember these tips:
- Use plenty of bubble wrap!
- Wrap each cookie individually to help with freshness.
- Also for freshness, purchase air tight containers.
- Use more bubble wrap!
- Package your container of cookies in another box for shipping that has plenty of packaging in and around the container.
- Ship your package as fast as you can afford to, to get your cookies to their destination before they spoil.
Cookie Recipes To Get You Started
Here are a few of my favorite cookie recipes! Happy baking!
What is your experience with shipping cookies? Do you have a special tip on how you have gotten your cookies safely to their destination? Leave me your tips, suggestions and stories here, under the comment section.
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