Strategies, techniques, and tips for mailing holiday cookies—from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours.
Choose the right type of treat. Drop cookies, bar cookies, brittles, and snack mixes all ship well. Avoid anything frosted, filled, custardy, or delicate.
Bake the treats the day you plan to ship them, and let them cool completely. Place two cookies back-to-back and wrap in plastic wrap. Wrap bar cookies individually.
Place wrapped cookies in zip-top bags. Package similar cookies together; crispy cookies will get soggy if paired with soft cookies.
Line a cookie tin or airtight container with tissue or wax paper. Alternate layers of wrapped cookies and paper. Pack in additional paper to fill any gaps in the tin. Close the lid and tape it shut. Give the tin a shake—nothing should move.
Place the tin in a cardboard box just slightly larger than the tin. Pack the space around the tin with Bubble Wrap or packing peanuts. There should be two inches of cushioning around the tin.