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How To Package Cookies For Shipping – Keep Your Cookies Fresh and Broken Free

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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.

Items Needed

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

Step #1

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.

Individually wrap cookies with plastic wrap.

Step #2

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.

Step #3

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

My air tight container.

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.

Bubble wrap in the bottom of container.

Parchment paper is next.

On top of parchment add individually wrapped cookies. Continue till container is full.

Step #4

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 container in bubble wrap.



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!

Step #5

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!

Bagged pop corn in the bottom of my box. You could use more bubble wrap or packaging peanuts.

Put your container of cookies on top of pop corn.

Fill to the top and around the sides with more popcorn or packaging.

Step #6

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:

  1. Use plenty of bubble wrap!
  2. Wrap each cookie individually to help with freshness.
  3. Also for freshness, purchase air tight containers.
  4. Use more bubble wrap!
  5. Package your container of cookies in another box for shipping that has plenty of packaging in and around the container.
  6. 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!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

The Best Almond Cookie Recipe

Large Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Fruit Cookie Bars

Cookie Tools

Check out this article on tools you will need to bake and ship your cookies.

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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14 thoughts

  • Jagi
    September 13, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Great, this has come at a great time. My son is off to college away from home. I had other two attend college, but they were always at home when going to college. But, the one in college now wants to taste independence but also needs some home feeling. I was thinking of sending some packaged food but wasn’t quite sure how to pack it — Thanks for the phenomenal idea. 

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Your welcome!  Congratulations on the college students!  I have not had one to go away for college…yet!

  • Sondra M
    September 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you for the AWESOME ideas of how I can send cookies to my son.   I was trying to figure out how to send them so that they would arrive fresh and unbroken.    I must admit that I had never thought about how wrapping each cookie individually would keep them fresher.   I never thought about bubble wrap either.   

    Yet, your idea of sending popcorn along also to serve as additional cushion is an ingenious idea.   Thanks.   Real popcorn can be eaten.   Plus it is so much better for the environment than the Styrofoam popcorn.  

    Thanks again!  

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Yes!  The popcorn is so much more environmentally friendly!  Plus, it is like getting two gifts in one.

  • Jones
    September 13, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Wow, I can say my mum always have problem with sending me broken cookies which I don’t really like, I actually asked her to stop sending it because every time she does, the cookies are always victimized lol. This is a really nice and educating post, it’ll be very useful for mum who doesn’t know how to package cookies for shipping, I’ll share her this post and I’m very sure it’ll be helpful to her. Apart from plastic container, what else can used? Is it necessarily supposed to be pop corn below the container?

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:03 pm

      Any airtight container will do.  I have just found that the decorative tins were not very air tight and did not do the job the way they are suppose to .Just make sure it is air tight.

        If you do not want to use popcorn, you can use more bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, even old newspapers wadded up.  Just make sure that it is cushioned and secured well.  Like mentioned in another comment, the popcorn is more environmentally friendly.

      Send your mum my link!  I would love to help her out!

  • fintan duggan
    September 13, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to eat cookies, especially home made cookies they are the best,! I love your idea of sending home made cookies in the post to someone special, it must be great to open up the package make yourself a nice cuppa and gorge yourself on those delicious cookies. I like the way you have laid out in easy to follow steps on how to package those lovely cookies so that they will arrive as fresh as when they were baked and all in one piece.

    How did you come across the idea? It’s so simple and not too expensive a gift to send to someone.

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      I have several family members who live far away and I had to figure out a way to get my cookies to them without the breakage and becoming stale.   So, a lot of it is my trial and error!

  • Yomi
    September 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    This is a good piece and quite thoughtful too, the cookies are carriers of memories, grown ups would never get enough of mother’s home made cookies! These cookies sure have a calming effect on the mind not only about the cookies themselves but the pleasant thoughts from memories they contain. Your advise of using a bubble wrap is spot on. Well done.

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you for the confirmation!  Yes, homemade cookies can have good memories that we will never forget!

  • Feochadan
    September 13, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    But don’t you know that broken cookies have no calories???  LOL  Joking aside I really love your hints to ensure fresh, perfect cookies to arrive to ones loved ones.  Its for this very reason that I have never bothered to ship cookies but what a better way to say “I love you” than with a heartfelt gift of home baked cookies!  I can think of many who would appreciate the gift.  Your ideas on airtight containers and festive wrapping are perfect as they make great gifts as well.

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Hmmmm….maybe I should be making, baking, shipping AND especially eating broken ones!!  LOL  

      Thank you for reading!!

  • Daniel
    September 13, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hello Karen, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am glad I found your article about packaging cookies as my family work with that, we are sending cookies all across the world and sometimes there is a true mess when the client opens up the package. You helped me a lot, I will definitely print this and show my co-workers.

    • admin
      September 13, 2019 at 9:09 pm

      I’m glad I could help you and your co-workers!  Thank you for reading and sharing!

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