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Packaging and Shipping Cookies

Martha Stewart Living, Volume 25 December/January 1994/1995


Instead of consigning your thoughtfully shaped and baked goods to an old shoe box or used coffee can, try one of the following decorative ideas for storing and presenting them.

1. Pudding molds lined with parchment make excellent vessels for soft chocolate truffles.

2. Long, lidded bread pans, swathed in bright taffeta or velvet ribbon, are the perfect container for delicate cookies like biscotti.

3. A paint box, found in art-supply stores, displays a variety of different cookies in mini cupcake liners.

4. Heavy-duty square cake pans with notched corners are perfect for securing crisscrosses of ribbon or rickrack over parchment-paper lids.

5. Even clear plastic airtight containers make pretty packages when dressed up with lengths of ribbon.

Shipping Tips

1. Every gift you ship should have two basic lines of defense: It should be well packed in an inner gift box, then well packed in a second, outer gift box.

2. Choose a box that is appropriate in size to the cookie tin within. This will help keep the tins from shifting and the cookies from breaking.

3. The ideal cushion is 2 to 3 inches of packing material on all sides.

4. Reuse or recycle packing material like boxes, Bubble Wrap, and foam peanuts.

Packing Materials

These packing materials will help ensure that your cookies reach their destination in one piece.

Air Popped Popcorn

This inexpensive and environmentally sound material creates an ideal cushion. Toss a scoop or two of popcorn (air-popped, with no oil) at the bottom of the box. Set the cookie tin on top, and surround it with more popcorn.

Bubble Wrap

Line the inside of your cookie tin with two layers of Bubble Wrap, one underneath the cookies and one on top. Pack the tin in a box neatly lined with lengths of Bubble Wrap, then fold the Bubble Wrap back into the margins between the tin and box to form a double cushion.

Eco Foam

This is the environment-friendly cousin of foam peanuts. It is a biodegradable cornstarch product that provides excellent cushioning for fragile cookies. Its only drawback is that it melts when wet, so don’t use it to pack any containers that may leak.

Comments (8)

  • 10 Jan, 2009

    I am mailing some cookies after the holidays because have more time to enjoy
    packing with large bag of sesame seeds and Israeli coucouse the larger kind
    My daughter is at graduate college in Omaha and asked for cookies sent and
    she likes to make sesame orange chix and coucous which has troulble finding
    in Omaha.Liked the popcorn idea but maybe make caramel corn and send to
    eat and pack.

  • 18 May, 2008

    i think they are a magnificent way to bring a gift to my momo on mother's day she was trill

  • 4 May, 2008

    I think the about popcorn is agreat idea.

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    What a great idea to use air popped popcorn as packing material. So much better that the foam peanuts that stick to everything and is not environmentally friendly. Thanks for the useful idea.

  • 14 Dec, 2007

    This was a very helpful hint. I want to send my son and his mates some cookies for Christmas. They're in the Navy and won't get to come home for Christmas. I thought shipping them homemade cookies might lift their spirits.

  • 20 Nov, 2007

    These are really good ideas. I wanted to give home baked cookies as Christmas gifts and these packaging ideas are perfect for my gifts. Thanks a bunch!

  • 19 Nov, 2007

    This is so helpful for our business...I hope i could compile all the tips and instructions here is this website...

    Me and my partner will definitely make use of the tips given..


  • 19 Nov, 2007

    This is so helpful for our business...I hope i could compile all the tips and instructions here is this website...

    Me and my partner will definitely make use of the tips given..