- Bake and completely cook cookies just before packing and shipping so they’re as fresh as possible.
- Determine which cookies to mail based on their fragility. Many drop, refrigerator and sandwich cookies are fairly sturdy and travel well. Some cutouts and shaped varieties are a little more likely to break. Cookies requiring refrigeration are poor choices to ship because they’ll spoil. If you are shipping to a warm climate, frostings or chocolate chips might melt.
- Pack crisp and soft cookies in separate tins. If they’re packed together, the moisture from the soft cookies will seep into the crisp cookies, making them lose their crunch. Consider shipping soft cookies by express mail so they’ll be moist upon arrival. (A slice of bread will also help them stay soft and chewy.)
- To help retain the best flavor, don’t put strong-flavored cookies (like gingersnaps) and mild-flavored cookies (like sugar cookies) in the same tin.
- To help the cookies stay fresh and intact, wrap them in bundles of two (for drop cookies, place their bottoms together) with plastic wrap.
- Line a festive tin or box with crumpled wax paper to help cushion the cookies. Snugly pack the cookies to within 1 inch of the top.
- Use crumpled wax paper or bubble wrap to fill any gaps between the cookies. (Crumpled newsprint and plastic shopping bags work nicely, too. )Add more waxed paper or bubble wrap over the last layer to cushion the cookies and prevent them from shifting during shipping. Close the tin or box. (Make sure your cat isn't in the box.)
- Place a layer of crumpled paper, bubble wrap or foam shipping peanuts in the bottom of a cardboard box that is slightly larger than your cookie tin. Set the tin on top, then add more paper, bubble wrap, shipping peanuts or plastic bags. Seal the box tightly with tape, label the top and sides of the package “Fragile and Perishable” and adhere a mailing label. (I’ve never labeled, and as far as I know they’ve gotten there fine. I also usually use clean, empty plastic bags for shipping. They're light and prevent against breaks.)