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Secret to Mailing Perfect Cookies

Updated on November 20, 2014

Mailing Holiday Cookies

How to Mail Cookies Without Breakage

If you know someone faraway that loves to get cookies in the mail, learn these secrets on how to send cookies by mail without breakage. 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 baked goods there without breakage and it actually adds an even more special touch to your gift.

Packaging and Mailing Cookies

Our family has always enjoyed the tradition of baking holiday cookies, especially around the Christmas 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 fancy holiday glass and enjoyed all of our favorite part, eating them!

Since those days long ago, they both have grown up into two fine adults and moved away from home, 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

Packaging and Shipping Cookies to Mail

  • First step to take in packaging cookies to mail is to bake some homemade cookies. Do this about two weeks before the actual holiday to allow them to receive the package in time. 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 on packaging. Let the cookies cool on a cookie rack.
  • Then, you get a cute holiday cookie tin to place them in and wash and dry it thoroughly.
  • This next step is the secret part. 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! The recipient's will be tickled pink with their homemade cookies that were baked personally by you.

How to Store and Mail Cookies

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 or store bought. Let us know.

Christmas Cookies to Mail

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

Cookies for Christmas
Cookies for Christmas

This cookbook has over 130 recipes for drop cookies, cutout cookies, brownies and bars, refrigerator cookies, and more.


How to Pack Cookies for Shipping

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      lynora 3 years ago

      How smart sweet and salty is the best !

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      norma-holt 3 years ago

      Very nice idea and congrats on LOTD. Well done.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Well, to be honest I have never got cookies in the mail!! It is a great idea and I will try this :)

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      tbonestakes 3 years ago

      Great lens, its perfect for the holidays, thanks!

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      Thanks , I really enjoyed your lens.

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      Thanks , I really enjoyed your lens.

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      I haven't mailed cookies since college days when I sent them to my boyfriend. I like the popcorn idea!

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Never. And I like the idea. Love the popcorn idea too.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I never thought of using popcorn for packaging material! Great idea ... I will try it next time I ship cookies to relatives.

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      Pat Broker 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I have gotten cookies in the mail and yes they were pretty much crumbs. Thanks for the packing suggestion.

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      Bercton1 3 years ago

      Interesting lens and congratulation on LOTD!

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      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!

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      aredey 3 years ago

      Very strong festive atmosphere

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      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. âº

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I do get cookies in the mail and generally rhey come through just fine. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      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!

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      Clairissa 3 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      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.

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      Delia 3 years ago

      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.

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      I have received 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.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      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

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Seriously clever! Congrats on LotD

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      Tom Maybrier 3 years ago

      How do I get someone to send me cookies in the mail?

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      JustinDMurphy 3 years ago

      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!

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      I have not, but reading how easy it is using popcorn I will now. Thanks!!

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      lipalot 3 years ago

      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.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      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 :)

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      These are some great tips on How to Mail Christmas cookies, Thanks

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      JohnCumbow 3 years ago

      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!

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      katiecolette 3 years ago

      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!

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      glowchick 3 years ago

      Great lens, I did not know about the popcorn! At least I will be prepared the next time I want to ship cookies :)

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Great advice for keeping things in good condition, but why would you mail cookies anyway?

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      Kristen 3 years ago from Boston

      Love the idea of using popcorn as edible packing "peanuts". Great idea!

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Not cookies just cake like I put in my comment above. I like this idea for keeping them fresh and intact.

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      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.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      pop corns !! well they will work, and you can eat them too

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      secondtimearound 3 years ago

      Congrats on Being LOTD.

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      Tim Bader 3 years ago from Surrey, UK

      Like all the best ideas - simple but effective.

      I would never have thought of that!

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      Phoebs78 3 years ago

      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 :)

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      Klaartje Loose 3 years ago

      Not yet, but I like the idea...

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      winter aconite 3 years ago

      Nice lens, love the idea of sending cookies!

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      agastya-guduru-3 3 years ago

      nice article .keep go on .

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      Liza canada 3 years ago

      A real out of the box thinking!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Popcorn - brilliant!!