The 3 Best Types of Cookies for Mailing

updated May 1, 2019
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One of my favorite parts of the holidays has always been baking up a storm, then mailing out cookies and treats to surprise out-of-town family and friends. It’s a fun and delicious way to share the holiday spirit with people you may not get to see this time of year. Plus, who doesn’t love getting a box of freshly baked cookies in the mail?

Through the years I’ve come to learn, that even with the most careful packaging, some types of cookies travel a lot better than others.

If you’re taking the time to bake and ship such a sweet package, it’s also important to fill the box with cookies that will look just as nice as they did when they came out of the oven, even after traveling across the country. While there are a lot of cookies that are great for mailing, there are also many varieties that are simply too delicate and fragile.

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Cookies that will really go the distance have a firm, dense texture. It’s best to stay away from soft, crumbly cookies or anything that needs to be refrigerated. Save those for a local celebration instead.

These are the three best types of cookies for mailing.

1. Hard and crunchy.

Cookies that are firm, sturdy, and crunchy ship really well. These cookies are generally on the thick side, so you won’t have to worry about them breaking.

Our favorite hard and crunchy cookies for mailing include: Biscotti, shortbread, and Mexican wedding cookies.

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2. Dense and chewy.

Cookies that are dense and chewy also make a great choice for mailing. They’re softer than cookies like biscotti or shortbread, but they’re sturdy enough that they won’t crumble while en route. This variety of cookies does dry out over time, so they’re best when eaten within one week.

Our favorite dense and chewy cookies for mailing are: sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, and peanut butter cookies.

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3. Bar cookies.

Thick bar cookies are another variety that ship really well. To keep them as fresh as possible, and to prevent them from drying out, wrap each piece individually.

Our favorite bar cookies for mailing include brownies and blondies.

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Before mailing cookies, check out these other helpful tips!

What are your favorite cookies for mailing over the holidays?