Monday, December 14, 2015

Shipping cookies as gifts? Tips and hints for packing

peanut butter cookies are great for
shipping
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Originally published on Examiner.com.

A very popular gift during the holidays is the gift of baked goods. If you’re planning to send cookies from your Buffalo kitchen to family across the country, kids at school, or a family member deployed overseas, packing them to avoid damage takes some planning. Here are some tips for treating friends and loved ones to your kitchen delights during the holidays or any other time of year.
  • Opt to send things like bar cookies, or cookies that are slightly chewy like chocolate chip, peanut butter, or oatmeal. Items that need refrigeration, like cheesecake bars, or cookies with a cake-like texture don’t ship well. Other good items: Chex mix and brownies.
  • Keep the delicate cookies on top of the package, or better yet, in a separate bag or container.
  • Don’t overpack the cookies, but don’t underpack either. Line your box with crumpled newspapers, Styrofoam “peanuts,” or bubble wrap first, and then put your baked goods inside. Leave enough space on top for an additional layer of packaging material.
  • Suggested shipping method: USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate box. My family ships a good-sized package of cookies to friends in Florida. The package arrives quickly and shipping via the Priority Mail Flat Rate box is less expensive than shipping via regular Priority Mail. Also, try to ship early in the week (Monday or Tuesday) – with the two to three day delivery time, the package should arrive before the weekend.


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