How to Ship the Top 6 Christmas Cookies

Homemade cookies are such a pleasure to receive as a gift for any occasion. If you're taking the time to bake your love into a cookie to be mailed, be sure to use forethought on the type of cookie to bake. Many cookies are just too fragile and will not hold up to rough handling. Here are some basic tips on shipping cookies:

  • Choose cookies with a firm texture. Avoid soft or crumbly cookies.
  • Instead of baking individual cookies, consider baking them bars. Bars will be easier to package with less...MORE risk of breakage, and they will stay moister.
  • Package the cookies in airtight plastic to keep them fresh. If you are using a ziplock bag rather than sealing them, consider using two layers in case the ziplock opens in transit.
  • Place the sealed cookies in a hard-sided container, such as a cookie tin. You can find festive tins at many stores.
  • Be sure to weigh and measure your package and use the correct amount of postage or shipping. Check to see whether rates are better using postal mail or shippers such as FedEx or UPS.

These cookie recipes perfect for mailing to make any occasion special.

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    Brownie Crackle-top Cookies Recipe. © 2011 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Is it a brownie or a cookie? It's both. Soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside, they look almost too pretty to eat. These cookies don't have a risk of the coating melting, so they are appropriate to ship to warm weather climates as well as cooler regions.

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    Chewy Peanut Chocolate Drops Cookies Recipe. © 2007 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These chewy little drops of chocolate cookies with nuts can be made with or without a chocolate ganache coating. They look professional and taste great. If you are dipping them in the granache, make them a day ahead as the chocolate will need time to set and dry. The coated cookies may not be the best choice if you are shipping to a hot climate, so simply make them without the coating. You may want to wrap the coated cookies in waxed paper so they do not stick together.

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    Dipped Peanut Butter Meltaway Cookies Recipe

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    Dipped Peanut Butter Meltaway Cookies Recipe. © 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These bite-sized peanut butter cookies will melt in your mouth. Peanut chunks and miniature chocolate chips give added flavor and texture while the chocolate dip makes them look professional. Since they hold their shape well and can be stored at room temperature for more than a month, they are a perfect choice to ship as gifts from the kitchen. If you will be shipping to a warm climate, you may want to wrap them individually or back-to-back in waxed paper.
     

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    Chocolate Chip Meltaway Cookies Recipe

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    Chocolate Chip Meltaway Cookies Recipe. © 2006 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These bite-sized chocolate chip cookies literally melt in your mouth. Since they hold their shape well and can be stored at room temperature for more than a month, they are a perfect choice to ship as gifts from the kitchen. There is no risk of melting.

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    Peanut Butter Rollo Cookie Cups Recipe

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    Peanut Butter Rollo® Cookie Cups Recipe. © 2014 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    These little peanut butter cookie cups hold a hidden center of chocolate and caramel. The secret is to stuff chocolate-covered caramel candies into the center of a ball of peanut butter cookie dough, then bake in a mini-muffin tin rather than a cookie sheet. Drizzle peanut butter-flavored chocolate on top for an irresistible treat. Let the kids help with these.

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    Key Lime White Chocolate Cookies Recipe

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    Key Lime White Chocolate Coolers Recipe. © 2005 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Key lime and white chocolate make an amazing combination that is refreshingly cool, no matter the season. This variation of meltaway cookies is perfect for kitchen gifts and ships well. Macadamia nuts are optional.