Secret to Mailing Perfect Cookies

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Traditional Christmas Cookies Now by Mail

Mailing Christmas cookies to my two grown kids is a tradition that we've all enjoyed since they went away to college. It takes us back to a place when we all baked cookies in the kitchen, listened to Christmas songs, and just had such fun being together. I have since been mailing them cookies for Christmas when we can't spend them together. I found out, though, that mailing cookies wasn't as easy as you might think. I can't tell you how many times I've mailed cookies out only to find out they got a bunch of cookie crumbs to have with their milk instead of my fresh baked cookies! One would think that you just put the cookies in a container and ship them off, right? Wrong. Through trial and error and a lot of frowns, I learned that there is a trick to getting them there without breakage and it actually adds an even more special touch to your gift. If you know someone faraway that loves to get cookies in the mail, learn these secrets on how to send cookies by mail the right way.

Tradition of Baking Cookies

Our family has always enjoyed the tradition of baking cookies, especially around the holidays. Ahhh, how we loved the smell and taste of those delicious little treats. We would turn on some Christmas music and start baking away. Of course, baking Christmas cookies is a lot of work, so we had to split up the different duties. My daughter was in charge of rolling, my son in charge of measuring and I would be supervisor and take charge of putting them in the oven. We’d all share in decorating the cookies.

After they were baked, we poured eggnog or milk in a glass and enjoyed all of our favorite part, eating them!

Since, they both have grown and moved away, I have to mail them cookies now. Scroll down and learn my secret on how to get them there like they just came out of the oven!

Mailing Cookies Without Breakage

Steps To Take

* First, you bake your cookies. Choose their favorite cookie. I usually mail Hershey Kiss Cookies (my son’s and daughter’s favorite cookie ever!) You can choose any baked goods with this trick.

* Then, you get a cute cookie tin to place them in and wash and dry it.

* Most importantly, pop some popcorn! Yes, it can be microwave popcorn or the store bought kind. Just be sure its not buttered popcorn, plain popcorn works best. It works as a great edible padding and keeps the cookies fresh longer. This adds a special touch to your cookie gift, too. They can enjoy homemade cookies and a popcorn treat!

* Sprinkle some popcorn in the tin, then start placing cookies in the popcorn. Be sure you pack the popcorn over the cookies so the tin is packed solid.

* Place the filled cookie tin in a box that is packed with bunched up newspaper. Tape it closed and don’t forget the mailing label on the box. We wouldn’t want all your hard work getting into the wrong hands. Then off they go to the post office!

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Packaging Cookies

Pick up a cookie tin and load one up with cookies. Now you know the right way to mail them, so the recipient can enjoy your delicious baking!

Best Cookies

How Do You Like Your Cookies?


Homemade Cookies are Best!

tbonestakes says:

Loaded with chocolate chips!

TeacherPat says:

Definitely homemade, especially sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles!

discountcopiercenter says:

I like my cookies being baked by my mother with a lot of love, affection and sentiments of stuffing which makes it delicious. Yummy to taste.

CrazyHomemaker says:

I make dozens and dozens for Christmas gifts...every year.

ScottiesRock says:

Nothing is better than homemade!

Bakery Cookies for me!

DebMartin says:

I live close to the most amazing bakery. All natural ingredients and made fresh every day. I can pick up a nice variety that would take me hours if I tried to back every type myself. I'm not much of a holiday baker but I do like a few cookies around.

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Hershey Kiss Cookies

The traditional Hershey Kiss cookie is delicious with regular kisses, don't get me wrong. But you can easily change the entire taste of the cookie up by using another flavor Hershey kiss.

Christmas Cookie Recipes

Whether you want to bake cookies for the holidays, for a cookie swap, or as a special gift, tis the season for baking.

Please Share! Ever Get or Send Cookies in the Mail?

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  • lynora Jan 15, 2014 @ 6:29 pm
    How smart sweet and salty is the best !
  • skiesgreen Jan 02, 2014 @ 10:52 pm
    Very nice idea and congrats on LOTD. Well done.
  • takkhis Dec 24, 2013 @ 10:17 pm
    Well, to be honest I have never got cookies in the mail!! It is a great idea and I will try this :)
  • tbonestakes Dec 23, 2013 @ 4:08 pm
    Great lens, its perfect for the holidays, thanks!
  • Snappysnapper Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
    Thanks , I really enjoyed your lens.
  • Snappysnapper Dec 21, 2013 @ 11:11 pm
    Thanks , I really enjoyed your lens.
  • KimGiancaterino Dec 21, 2013 @ 3:38 pm
    I haven't mailed cookies since college days when I sent them to my boyfriend. I like the popcorn idea!
  • DebMartin Dec 21, 2013 @ 1:25 pm
    Never. And I like the idea. Love the popcorn idea too.
  • FlowerChick Dec 20, 2013 @ 5:20 pm
    I never thought of using popcorn for packaging material! Great idea ... I will try it next time I ship cookies to relatives.
  • TeacherPat Dec 20, 2013 @ 12:21 pm
    I have gotten cookies in the mail and yes they were pretty much crumbs. Thanks for the packing suggestion.
  • bercton Dec 20, 2013 @ 8:01 am
    Interesting lens and congratulation on LOTD!
  • chat2vishakha Dec 20, 2013 @ 6:39 am
    Yummy.......Liked it......
  • dawnraeb Dec 20, 2013 @ 6:29 am
    Congrats on LOTD. Well-deserved! I have wondered how to mail cookies to my kids, now that I"m beginning to be able to bake decent cookies. This is excellent information to have! Thank you for sharing!
  • aredey Dec 20, 2013 @ 2:51 am
    Very strong festive atmosphere
  • discountcopiercenter Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:26 pm
    Oops missed it ! I have already send my Cookies to my friend in a normal pack. And I am waiting for his reply as usual "You have messed up your cookies. So weird ". My good looking cookies becomes so weird by the blessing of my same old style of packing. Another opportunity missed. I will try it in my next cookies mailing mission. Over all thank you very much for this wonderful conceptual idea. Congratulations on getting Lens Of The Day. ?
  • rauspitz Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:36 pm
    I do get cookies in the mail and generally rhey come through just fine. Congratulations on getting LotD!
  • CrazyHomemaker Dec 19, 2013 @ 9:19 pm
    I send a box of Christmas cookies every year to my stepson and his family. They never complain when they get crumbles. Congrats on LOTD! Very nice lens!
  • ScottiesRock Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:26 pm
    No... :( But I wish someone would send me some. What a wonderful tradition you and your kids share. Awesome lens and congratulations on LOTD. Have a great holiday.
  • d-artist Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:00 pm
    Congratulations on LOTD! I have received homemade cookies as a gift in the mail...and the only time I ever sent homemade cookies, was when hubby was in Vietnam.
  • sierradawn Dec 19, 2013 @ 6:01 pm
    I have recieved homemade cookies mailed to me for Christmas. They are always all broken to crumbs. the popcorn idea is fantastic! I am going to try it this year.
  • esmonaco Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:13 pm
    What a great idea, I would have never thought of the popcorn, haven't had to mail any cookies, but now I know how. Nice Job Thanks
  • Upon-Request Dec 19, 2013 @ 2:24 pm
    Seriously clever! Congrats on LotD
  • TomMaybrier Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:45 pm
    How do I get someone to send me cookies in the mail?
  • JustinDMurphy Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:32 pm
    Nope! But if I ever need to, this is a convenient and creative way to do so! Thanks and congrats on getting lens of the day!
  • DebW07 Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:36 am
    I have not, but reading how easy it is using popcorn I will now. Thanks!!
  • lipalot Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:21 am
    Wow. That is an excellent idea. Pack the tin of fragile cookies with popcorn. Thanks for the tip. I must also commend you on the wonderful job you did in your lens. Good for you.
  • stajo82 Dec 19, 2013 @ 11:00 am
    Well... actually no, I haven't but this is so cute tradition. Thankfuly we spend time before Christmas and bake cookies together... every year... I love this time :)
  • getmoreinfo Dec 19, 2013 @ 10:50 am
    These are some great tips on How to Mail Christmas cookies, Thanks
  • FledglingStudio_com Dec 19, 2013 @ 9:52 am
    Yes, I have both sent and received cookies in the mail.
    Sometimes they made it through just fine ;-)
    and other times they arrived in pieces ;-(
    I love this idea of using popcorn as padding! And next time I mail cookies, I'm going to use it.
    Thanks for some great advice!
  • katiecolette Dec 19, 2013 @ 9:30 am
    What a great idea - to use popcorn as tin filler. I will have to remember this in case I ever need to mail cookies by mail :) Thanks!
  • glowchick Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:58 am
    Great lens, I did not know about the popcorn! At least I will be prepared the next time I want to ship cookies :)
  • tonyleather Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:45 am
    Great advice for keeping things in good condition, but why would you mail cookies anyway?
  • NausetViews Dec 19, 2013 @ 8:41 am
    Love the idea of using popcorn as edible packing "peanuts". Great idea!
  • StephenJParkin Dec 19, 2013 @ 7:19 am
    Not cookies just cake like I put in my comment above. I like this idea for keeping them fresh and intact.
  • PaigSr Dec 19, 2013 @ 6:09 am
    In college one of my moms friends would send me brownies that were under baked just a bit. But this made them chewy and ooh so good. Enjoy your LotD.
  • Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:26 am
    pop corns !! well they will work, and you can eat them too
  • secondtimearound Dec 19, 2013 @ 5:23 am
    Congrats on Being LOTD.
  • tim-bader-982 Dec 19, 2013 @ 4:55 am
    Like all the best ideas - simple but effective.
    I would never have thought of that!
  • Phoebs78 Dec 19, 2013 @ 4:50 am
    Such a great idea! My kids are still small, but I'm sure my in laws would appreciate a box of cookies sent in the mail :)
  • klaartje-loose Dec 19, 2013 @ 4:13 am
    Not yet, but I like the idea...
  • little-devil Dec 19, 2013 @ 3:45 am
    Nice lens, love the idea of sending cookies!
  • agastya-guduru-3 Dec 19, 2013 @ 1:05 am
    nice article .keep go on .
  • Liza_canada Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:58 am
    A real out of the box thinking!
  • chrisilouhoo Dec 19, 2013 @ 12:23 am
    Popcorn - brilliant!!