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 week 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– we can all agree on.

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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

Um, not your typical turkey club or roast beef sammie, but a cookie sandwich. Without the filling. Two cookies, back-to-back. Don’t you kinda want to stick ice cream in there? Delish.

Ok, so a cookie sandwich. But what now?

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

Wrap them up individually– and tightly. Now, 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 super soft and falling apart in your hands, they shouldn’t break or tear during the shipping process because they are super 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, crumbled newspaper, or packing peanuts to keep the cookies snug. Place the tin or container into a shipping box, 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?

Another common question. And a good one, too! I find that cookies without chocolate drizzles and/or frosting are best to ship year-round. So drop cookies like chewy chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, etc. If you’re sending decorated sugar cookies or gingerbread men, 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.

Biscotti also ships beautifully; wrap 2 up back-to-back in plastic wrap as explained above.

Delicate cookies? Not so much. Use your best judgement here. Macarons and any super delicate cookie just isn’t ideal to send off. Best to stick to the sturdier options.

What about blondies, brownies, and cookie bars?

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.

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

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*A special thank you to butterscotch pretzel chocolate chip cookies and butterscotch toffee chocolate fudge cookies for being the models today!

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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

79 Comments

  1. I love this post, Sally! I never know how to ship cookies or other baked goods so that 1. they remain intact when they arrive and 2. that they won’t spoil. I’ll definitely start shipping cookies just the way you described them

  2. This is so useful and I will definitely be using this to send to family and friends! I’ve never tried to send food for the above reasons but now I shall use your tips and give it a go :), thanks for sharing!

  3. I wish I had your post Monday evening! Hoping a bike ole’ batch of peanut butter cookies makes it to Santa Fe. I definitely did not pack them this way :/

  4. I am all about compassion and cookies and spreading love after this week.  We usually travel at Christmas time and I always bring some desserts with me, so I will definitely be making a few cookie sandwiches this year.

  5. I love this!! I mail cookies all the time and have never thought to make a sammie! Not sure my method has ever resulted in broken cookies for my recipients, but I might just have to try this next time! I’m shipping some out this weekend 🙂 thanks for the tips, lady!

  6. GREAT post, Sally!!! I’ve been wanting to know how to ship cookies for awhile, because I’ve shipped them before and they’ve definitely broken in the process. Must make those butterscotch toffee fudge cookies. Oh my lanta.

  7. I’d love to send off batches of homemade cookies to far-off relatives. They could look so cute wrapped up in little sandwiches like that and wrapped in super pretty boxes and gift wrap. I find baked goods to always be the perfect product for people you don’t know what to buy for/don’t really exchange gifts with. Everyone loves a food gift – and who doesn’t love cookies? You just got to pick the right kind for the right person! And I personally known a chocolate fiend across the country who’d love a large box full of triple chocolate cookies 🙂

  8. I sometimes think you are in my head Sally. Just yesterday I was thinking about baking cookies for the holidays and sending them to my family.  Now I know how to ship my goodies safely. Thank you for this post.

  9. Hi, Sally. Great post. Can I add a few comments? As the mom of an active-duty Air Force airman, I have had some experience with shipping homemade goodies. There are lots of good ideas about how to ship cookies so they don’t get broken, but through some trial-and-error, I have found a pretty good solution. I sent cookies to my son in Europe last year…long story short, they got sent back to me after a global tour and about two months after shipping, we got them back. When we opened them, they were still fresh and VERY FEW were broken.

    I layer the cookies in a gallon-sized ziploc FREEZER bag (they are thicker/stronger than storage bags)–2 or 3 layers works well, depending on the cookies. You can put waxed paper between layers, too. Push as much air out as you can and press it closed. Then, I put that gallon ziploc bag inside a vacuum-sealer bag and seal the whole thing with the vacuum sealer. You end up with “flats” of cookies that are vacuum-sealed and fairly stable. You can then stack these bags, with bubble wrap between the bags, into a shipping box. Just pack it well–pack it tight enough that the bags don’t slide around inside the box–and voila! Cookies safely packaged and fresh when they arrive. Some of the moms use Pringles cans; others use the sandwich method you describe….the trick, I’ve learned, is to pack them so there is as little movement as possible while shipping so they don’t get slammed around and broken. My boxes went to Germany…..and back, with very little breakage. I had several different kinds–snickerdoodles, ginger snaps, Jello cookies, chocolate chip, etc.,–and they all shipped well this way. I also made candy–fudge, etc–and instead of cutting it, just wrapped the “slabs” in foil, then in bags as described. And I did the same for some snack mixes.

    I realize this isn’t as “pretty” as some may desire, but it is effective. (You could use pretty tissue to help make it more festive.) Hope this helps! Now………….I better go see about making some goodies to send off! At least this year, my son is stateside, so things won’t have to go so far! 🙂

    1. Saving all these tips, Donna– you always have the best advice. Thanks for the insight. I personally love the Pringles can trick!

    2. Thanks to Sally for this post, which came to me with perfect timing!
      Thanks also to Donna for your additional tips! I also plan to ship a cookie box to Europe, so due to your large experience with your son, which is the best shipping option you would recommend? Thank you

      1. Normally I use USPS since I ship to an APO address. I use the flat-rate boxes (free from the post office) and pack it as much as I can and use plastic grocery bags for packing. Some people use popcorn for packing. Hope this helps!

  10. This is perfect and so timely! I always want to send homemade care packages to my friends abroad, and now I know how! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  11. It’s funny you should post this – my aunt just asked me to send some cookies to her as I was baking this weekend and freezing for Christmas goodies….Perfect timing, as usual! Ha 🙂 A friend recommended adding a piece of bread to the bag/container to help maintain freshness??? Have you done this before?

    1. Yes, a slice of bread in the container does help. Or a slice of apple. Just have to put a paper towel between it and the baked goods so they don’t get soggy. I didn’t find it necessary to do this when I vacuum-sealed the bags. And BTW, you can use popped corn as packing…bonus as it’s edible and can be “recycled” to feed birds or strung on a string for the Christmas tree. 🙂

    2. I’ve never done this when shipping cookies, but just leftover cookies in the cookie jar. It WORKS. The cookies soak up all the moisture and the bread becomes hard after a couple days.

  12. I asked you this a few years ago and I’ve been using these tips ever since! I ship friends cookies and treats all the time and they’re always so excited. I’ve already been taking requests for this Christmas!

    1. Yes! I’ve chatted about this over email with several readers and figured an entire post about it would be easy for everyone!

  13. I just shipped cookies for the first time this week! I did exactly this and took it an extra step and put a piece of wax paper between the cookies. I also shipped them frozen to make them a little sturdier. They made it all the way from Philly to Georgia just fine!

  14. I sent my mom some of those caramel cookies from a few months back. I stuffed them into a tupperware tightly the boxed it and stuffed paper all around so the tupperware didnt move so much. I shipped it overnight so they were freshest when she got them.

  15. I can’t wait for Christmas!!! What are your suggestions for shipping fudge?? I was thinking of sending some candy cane white chocolate fudge!!

  16. What a great idea. Baked goods are my love language and I love sending cookies off for someone. This is why I like your blog!!

  17. I did a cookie swap last year and made sure I stocked up on all the puffy air pouches that come from online shopping in the month before shipping the cookies 🙂 I also used regular zip tie treat bags and put a 1/2 slice of bread in there to keep the cookies from getting stale. They said it worked like a charm. I love this sandwiching idea and will have to try it out!

  18. I’ve just spent 4 years shipping treats including cookies, to my daughter and her friends at college in Nashville ( I live in Illinois) . She’s said they always came in perfect whether royally iced, or the unfrosted. I’ve found due to the differences in weathers that I will freeze 99% of them and send them off frozen, snuggled in a container wrapped in newspaper. I do send them 2 day ground Fed Ex but I’ve even sent eclaira and they arrived fab. 

  19. Sally!!! This was so needed today! Thank you for this, it is honestly something I always want to do but rarely do it because of the shipping aspect. Thank you! My family will love this

  20. Cookies are EXACTLY what people need right about now 🙂 When you mail your cookies, do you use standard shipping or next day? Will the cookies still be fresh when the recipients get them?

  21. Thanks for the great tips! I was planning on doing homemade christmas gifts this year, and this will come in hand when I ship 🙂

  22. These tips are great! Thanks for sharing…I ship cookies and always hope that they don’t show up as cookie CRUMBS!

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