Learn how to package cookies for the mail so that your baked goods don’t end up in crumbs. Baking cookies to share with a friend or neighbor is a kind gesture. Baking those same cookies and sending them across the miles takes another level of planning and caring so that your homemade gift makes it intact. No one wants to open a tin of cookies to find only small pieces and crumbs. There are a few ways you can set yourself up for success when you package cookies. First, pick a recipe that makes a somewhat firm cookie. It may be a crunchy gingersnap or a shortbread cookie. Peanut butter or butterscotch cookies would be good choices too. Second, don’t send a cookie that has soft icing or delicate decorations. Finally, follow these steps for how to package cookies and remember that bubble wrap is your friend!
- Select a tin that will fit a few layers of your cookies– I like square tins but round also works.
- Cut layers of parchment and bubble wrap that will fit in your tin (again, this is why a square tin is easier)
- Begin with a layer of bubble wrap then parchment on the bottom of your tin.
- Carefully make one layer of cookies. Cover with parchment, then bubble wrap, then parchment again. I like my cookies to only touch the parchment paper but if you don’t mind them sitting on bubble wrap then you may skip some of the parchment in between layers. Repeat with more layers.
- Tie or tape the cookie tin lid to the cookie tin. A ribbon looks festive and bright.
- More bubble wrap: wrap the cookie tin in bubble wrap then secure with tape or a ribbon.
- Choose a shipping box somewhat larger than your cookie tin. Fill the bottom and edges with crumpled newspaper. Place your cookie tin in the shipping box then tuck it in with more newspaper. The cookie tin shouldn’t be visible by the end of this process.
- Tape the box securely. Then give the box a shake, a toss, a wiggle. Yup, if you don’t feel comfortable tossing your package around a bit then your cookies don’t stand a chance to make in through our postal system!