Baking cookies for the holidays is my thing. I love to hand out a box of assorted cookies to family and friends. I always ask them which one is their favorite, but most of the time they can’t (or won’t?) choose. Even though we weren’t able to visit with loved ones last year I was not going to let that stop me from keeping my holiday cookie tradition. So with the help of my husband, we mailed our holiday cookie boxes. It was the first time I had ever done that and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Aside from a few mail delays, everyone’s cookie boxes were successfully delivered and there were no cookies harmed in the process.
Now that I can speak from experience, I thought that you might be interested in seeing how we did it, along with some tips. These tips can be applied for anytime of the year, just adjust the holiday-ness to fit your needs.
This is the Christmas cookie box that we made last year for 2020. Which cookie was my favorite? Scroll down to the end of the post to find out. 😉
Here are my tips for mailing cookies:
- Chose cookies that will travel well in a container. Remember, your cookie box may get thrown around a bit during its travels so I would avoid delicate cookies and cookie sandwiches. If you are sending a box of an assortment of cookies, I would avoid strong smelling cookies, like peppermint, because the whole cookie box and everything in it will pick up that smell (and that’s not good eats).
- Place your cookies in a zip lock bag. This will help to keep them as fresh as possible during the transit, which might be a long ride. Keep in mind there may be mailing delays especially around the holidays.
- Place your cookies in a tin or box that just fits the amount of cookies you’re mailing. The key is to fill up your tin or box to maximum capacity in order to minimize the cookies moving around in transit. We used these 9 inch boxes which were perfect.
- Make sure the cookie box is sealed tight. We used holiday stickers. You could also use ribbon or twine.
- Wrap or pad your cookie box with bubble wrap. The goal is treat your cookie box like delicate crystal. We recycled bubble wrap that we received from deliveries, but you can buy it online if you don’t have any handy.
- Place your box of cookies in a mail friendly box in a size that just fits your cookie box and the bubble wrap. Again this will help minimize the cookies from moving around. We used these 10 inch brown boxes. If your outer box is bigger then I recommend using a lot of bubble wrap to prevent it from moving around inside.
- Include a list of the cookies in your box. We found this free printable template online. There are lots to choose from online or you can make your own.
- Include a card in your box. Last year we bought from a local card company, Black Tabby Studio. Their products are amazing and we highly recommend them. Plus, it was great to support a local business, especially during the pandemic.
So which cookie was my favorite from our 2020 Christmas cookie box? Drum roll please… Ugh it’s so hard to choose but at Christmas time the gingerbread men will almost always win.
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