The Very Best Cookie Recipes for Shipping
There's no better way to send some love than with a package of homemade cookies. Follow our tips and tricks for making sure those cookies are just as tempting and tasty when they get to their destination as they were on the day you baked them.
When it comes to mailing, not all cookies are created equal. Cookies with uniform shapes and sizes are the best for packing—avoid those with odd angles and irregular shapes. (Sorry, reindeer sugar cookies! Your antlers just aren't going to survive the journey.) Circles, like the Vanilla-Bean Sugar Cookies shown here, as well as squares, triangles, bars; anything that can be stacked and packed snugly together is a good choice.
Next, think about the texture of the cookies you want to gift, and eliminate from your list anything that is especially crumbly, delicate, or sticky. The best kinds of cookies for mailing are those that are firm and crunchy—like shortbread, biscotti, and gingerbread—and those that are somewhat soft and chewy, like snickerdoodles, molasses cookies, brownies, and other bar cookies.
After your cookies are all baked and decorated, be sure to give them time to cool completely and check that the icing (if any) has dried. Fresh-from-the-oven cookies might be a real treat in the moment, but they will fuse into one gooey, crumbly mass if you pack them up while they're still warm.
The best cookie shipping vessel is an airtight food storage container or tin. Fit the cookies into the container snugly, with as little space in between them as possible. If the cookies are at all soft, put a sheet of parchment paper between each layer so they don't stick together. If you're mailing more than one kind of cookie, pack any crunchy cookies separately from the soft ones so they all maintain the right texture.
Finally, pack your container of cookies into a larger box with padding on all sides (crumpled paper, foam peanuts, or air-popped popcorn) to give your treats a smooth ride all the way to your lucky friends and family.
Peppermint-Candy Sugar Cookies
It's never been so easy to decorate sugar cookies: simply roll soft-and-chewy sugar cookie dough in crushed peppermint candies for instant holiday vibes.
Gingerbread-Cookie Letters to Santa
Crisp, spicy gingerbread rectangles magically transform into sweet letters to Santa with just a little bit of royal icing.
Spiced Fruitcake Bars
These divinely decadent morsels, packed with dried sour cherries, apricots, cranberries, and currants; spiced with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, and doused with Cognac will make you forget every fruitcake joke you've heard.
Coconut-Chocolate Pinwheel Cookies
Chewy coconut cookies with a swirl of fudgy filling will become an instant holiday classic in your family.
Lemon Spice Butter Cookies
Slice-and-bake butter cookies are flavored with nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon, and rolled in sparkly sanding sugar for the perfect festive finish.
Simple butter cookies take on a holiday dimension with tart, chewy dried cranberries in the mix.
Tropical Fruit Biscotti
Biscotti very well may be the perfect holiday cookie: They're easy to make, keep for months, and are endlessly customizable with the fruits, nuts, chocolates you love best. These biscotti are studded with dried papaya, crystallized ginger, and pistachios and just might be our most colorful biscotti recipe yet. Don't forget the secret to biscotti success: Always use a serrated bread knife for slicing!
Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies
Irresistibly chewy molasses spice cookies get the holiday glow-up from semisweet chocolate chunks.
Just like Grandma used to make… but better, thanks to the addition of pumpkin purée and extra holiday spices.
Peppermint Bark Cookies
You won't believe how easy it is to dress up these chocolate-chunk cookies with some holiday magic: just melt old-fashioned starlight peppermints in the oven and attach those fanciful swirls with a bit of melted white chocolate.
Cocoa, espresso, and crunchy cacao nibs bring the sophistication to sweet, buttery shortbread.
Peanut-Butter Sandwich Cookies
These are no ordinary peanut butter cookies! Oats add a toasty flavor and chewy texture, and the sweet peanut butter filling doubles your peanutty pleasure.