Here’s the BEST Way to Ship Cookies

Here's the BEST way to ship cookies this holiday season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

In our deeply divided country, this month will go down in history. Regardless of who you stand behind, I sincerely hope and pray that you can lift up the good in our nation as a whole and, most importantly, within each other. This is not a space for politics or hate, but a place for compassion… and cookies. Cookies are what we can all agree on!

Here is the #1 question I am asked during the holiday season: what is the best way to ship cookies? Without breaking? And remaining fresh? First of all, there you are demonstrating compassion. I love it. There’s no better way to spread love than with homemade food. Plus, who doesn’t want to receive a box of goodies on their doorstep? After a couple years of trial and error (and broken cookies), I’ve found that there’s actually a very simple way to successfully ship cookies to loved ones. The cookies won’t bounce around or break and will arrive as fresh as can be.

The secret is… a sandwich.

Here's the BEST way to ship cookies this holiday season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

But not your typical turkey club or roast beef sandwich– a cookie sandwich without the filling. Two cookies, back-to-back.

What now?

Here's the BEST way to ship cookies this holiday season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

How to Ship Cookies

Place two cooled cookies together back to back. Wrap each sandwich up individually and tightly. I know this uses a little extra plastic wrap but you really don’t need much per cookie sandwich. Wrapping the cookies up, back to back, will keep them sturdy and confined, safe and strong. Unless the cookies are very soft and falling apart in your hands, they shouldn’t break or tear during the shipping process because they are confined and have the support from the cookie beneath it.

Place all of the wrapped sandwiches into a tin or Tupperware container. Stuff the tin or container with tissue paper (I’ve purchased this set of Christmas colored tissue paper– it’s great), crumbled newspaper, or packing peanuts to keep the cookies snug. Place the tin or container into a shipping box and use more crumbled newspaper or other shipping materials if needed. Then send off!

Here's the BEST way to ship cookies this holiday season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

What Are the Best Cookies to Ship?

I find that cookies without chocolate drizzles and/or frosting are best to ship year-round. Stick to drop style cookies such as:

Decorated Cookies: If you’re sending decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread cookies, make sure your royal icing is completely set before sandwiching and wrapping. If you’re shipping cookies during the cooler months, chocolate dipped or drizzled would be just fine. Be careful with these in the heat of summer, though.

Here are all of my cookie recipes. I have hundreds to browse and choose from!

Which cookies don’t ship well? Use your best judgement here. Any delicate cookies or cookies that require immediate refrigeration aren’t ideal for shipping. (Macarons, lace cookies, etc) Stick with sturdier cookies.

What About Blondies, Brownies, and Bars?

Bars/brownies are another wonderful homemade treat to ship. I suggest wrapping each bar individually to preserve freshness, softness, and chew. Remember, pack them into the tin or tupperware container tightly. Some suggestions:

Some Favorite Cookie Tins

Here are some of my favorite cookie tins you can use for shipment. These are also great options for storing holiday cookies or gifting to neighbors and nearby friends and family.

It’s all pretty simple, right? Go send some love!

Cookies pictured above: butterscotch pretzel chocolate chip cookies and butterscotch toffee chocolate fudge cookies.

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Q: How about you? How do you usually ship goodies?

Here's the BEST way to ship cookies this holiday season! sallysbakingaddiction.com

117 Comments

  1. Sally I bake and ship many cookies for our Soliders overseas and here is how we do it. We do the cookies back to back , place inside a vacuum bag as many as the bag will hold and vacuum pack them.
    If no vacuum machine we tell our bakers to then use a Ziplock freezer bag fill as you would a vacuum bag seal and squeeze out as much air as possible. We then fill our boxes and make sure nothing moves. If need to, we use hard candy, prepackaged Rice Krispy bars, protein bars, etc to fill in gaps.
    For brownies or bars we bake in foil disposable pans, and seal the entire pan.
    From feedback we hear our baked goods arrive in good condition.

    1. Hi Deb,
      I’m hoping to mail my husband his favorite snickerdoodle cookies. He is in the military and overseas. I plan on shipping w/flat rate priority… have you found that the cookies stay fresh long enough for them to receive and enjoy them? Thank you for your packing tips- I hadn’t thought of mini marshmallows!

      1. I ship Snickerdoodle Cookies and so do many members of our Bake Group and they arrive just fine. If your spouse is in the military look at signing him up to receive support from Solidersangels.org
        You can look over the site and I suggest deployment team and bake team for sure. Also maybe letter writing and cards. Just a thought for you.

  2. In addition to packing this way, I use mini marshmallows as my packing peanuts between my cookie bundles. They arrive perfect every time. I also use priority mail by weight. It’s cheaper than priority flat rate usually because cookies are light.

  3. Love the idea about sandwiching the cookies!!
    Want to send some pecan shortbread cookies and after your recommendations
    I think they might arrive safely!!!
    Many thanks!!!

  4. How many days will cookies stay fresh? Do we need to ship overnight?

    I’m new to baking – love your recipes – and I want to send some cookies to friends but want to be sure they will be fresh. Thank you!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Kathy, Most cookies stay fresh at room temperature for about 5 days but each of our recipes will specify in either the end of the directions or in the recipe notes for that specific recipe 🙂

  5. My eldest granddaughter went off to college this year and I decided to send her cookies every few weeks. I looked at your site back then to see if you had any directions on how to ship them. Sure enough there they were and I’ve been shipping them this way since, with not a broken cookie reported! Thanks for the wonderful recipes, Sally’s Cookie Addiction Book and for thinking of everything cookie related that a novice like me requires!

  6. Thank you Sally. Due to COVD, we will not see our families this year for the holidays .They live in CO and CA. Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I bake up a storm of your recipes. My point is that I am so glad that today you included information on shipping cookies! We may not celebrate together but they will enjoy their favorite Christmas cookies (many of your recipes)!

  7. I shipped cookies often to my then fiance in viet Nam. I packed the cookies back to back and wrapped them then my mom and I used popcorn to fill in the coffee can.
    Worked perfectly as well and the popcorn was a big hit too!! Peanuts is a good alternative.
    Thank you for you wonderful recipes – enjoy them!

  8. Thanks for the tips. I haven’t mailed cookies in years, not since my daughter was a starving college student. This year it looks like we won’t be able to ve together so she requested cookies. I think I can get them there safely now!

  9. Does anyone have any ideas on how to ship a loaf such as pumpkin bread or banana bread??

    1. I prefer to bake loaves in disposable containers. Wrap up container and all and ship like you would other goodies.

    2. My sister’s and I ship loaves of Potica Brad all over the US. We discovered that it is much easier and less clean up to bake each loaf in a disposable loaf pan. After they have cooled completely we then wrap them in Saran wrap very tightly then in foil. We pack them in the Priority mail back to back standing on end. Get the box closest to the amount needed for then use popcorn or popcorn crackle to fill in. Popcorn crackle is your usual popcorn ball recipe just nor formed into balls. Better than the balls and a lot less messy. They get the bread and the crackle and all is edible. Hope this helps.

  10. Sally what are your thoughts on shipping in cookies boxes instead of tin or Tupperware?

  11. Sally, I love you recipes. They always turn out perfect! My 9 year old daughter and I have made most of everything in the 2 cookbooks we have of your’s. This week in my blog’s newsletter, I shared a link to parents that may need to plan ahead and ship cookies to their adult kids they may not be with during this season. Thanks for all you do!

  12. Hi Sally,

    I know I should not send soft cookies (ie: sugar, crinkles, etc) with crispier cookies (shortbread, etc), but do you think it would be okay if I seal them in cellophane bags with oxygen absorbers? Just wondering if it will work. My family likes a variety of different cookies. Thanks!!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Jenny, That should be ok!

  13. Would your rugulach recipe ship well? Thinking of fun Chanukah care packages to ship out!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Juliet, Yes I have shipped it before with great success!

  14. Bonnie Keeshin says:

    Thank you so much for all the assistance with packing/shipping tips snd those from your loyal readers! Looking forward to busy baking and shipping! Happy Holidays!

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