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The Doughboy’s Favorite Gift to Give: Christmas Cookies

Updated November 19, 2019
Doughboy with a box a Christmas Cookies
Here’s a word to the wise from your friendly neighborhood Doughboy: When you get a gift package in the mail, don’t shake it too hard, because it just might be cookies!

After 54 Christmases, he’s got lots of tips for sending cookies and treats to loved ones, from which ones travel best (nice sturdy ones without too much frosting), to how to package them (surrounded by wax paper), to when to send them (as soon as they cool, and in his opinion every 24 hours for the whole month of December is about right).

If you’re looking to spread the holiday cheer to those who can’t celebrate with you in person, this Christmas, let the Doughboy guide you on how to your mail cookies to anyone with these simple tips. All you need are a few household items, a pen and some cookies, and your friends are just a few days away from receiving a taste of the holidays.


Best Way to Package the Cookies Before Shipping

Box for Christmas Cookies

First, let your cookies cool completely before packaging them for delivery. Warm cookies are harder to handle and cookies can shift in the box, creating a massive cookie blob. When you’re ready to send your cookies, pack them in a firm-sided cardboard, metal or plastic container lined with plastic wrap or foil. Insulate the sides of the container with a “wall” of crumpled waxed paper. Place waxed paper between each layer or wrap cookies in pairs, flat sides together. For extra protection, place the container in a larger box padded on all sides, with crumpled paper or packing material. Wrap the box securely, mark it “perishable” and send it on its way.

Expert tip: To keep more delicate cookies or treats (such as our Holiday Sprinkle Fudge) intact, wrap them individually in plastic or wax paper bags before placing in the box.

Cookies for Co-Workers
Cookies for Co-Workers
Keeping those cookie exchanges close to home? When you can skip the shipping, give your cookie gift platters added flair with special touches (like ribbon woven into the plate rim or a festive bow to tie a gift bag together).

Best Way to Ship Cookies

Holiday Cookies

No one likes a stale cookie. For best results, bake and ship your goodies the same day you bake them. When mailing baked goods, choosing Priority Mail is a good option. Using this shipping method generally takes 2 to 3 days if mailed in the United States. For optimum freshness, you can select next-day delivery for your cookies.

Make It Personal
Make It Personal
Have little hands help to add finishing touches to your boxes of baked goods! Give them a set of markers and free reign to add their own artwork to brown craft paper as easy DIY wrapping paper for a cookie gift box.

Best Christmas Cookies to Ship

When planning which cookies to mail, choose moist, firm-textured cookies that will remain fresh and in one piece during transport. The best choices include drop cookies, unfrosted bars, fudgy brownies and other sturdy treats. Here are 16 festive cookie recipes to get you started.