A holiday cookie roundup with 10 delicious and mailable cookies that will put a smile on anyone’s face when they receive your care package at their doorstep!
The holiday season is the perfect time to express gratitude and appreciation to your family and dear friends. The kind of appreciation I’m talking about doesn’t necessarily involve a gift card to Nordstrom or a little blue box with something sparkly inside. My kind of appreciation requires a little elbow grease, some flour, a lot of butter, and a enormous pinch of LOVE. And they’re called COOKIES!
How to Choose Cookies for Mailing
- Harder cookies will keep their shape better in the mail than softer and more crumbly cookies.
- Avoid anything with frosting, glaze, and exposed filling. They can create a mess within the container.
- Don’t choose cookies that are too thin or fragile, they will not hold up to the rigor of the shipping process.
10 Fantastic Mailable Cookies for the Holidays
In the collection below, I’ve chosen 10 delicious and mailable cookies. All of these recipes will produce cookies that are sturdy enough for shipping so you can send your best friends and your favorite cousins across the country some delicious homemade treats.
These shortbread cookies were inspired by our trip to Maui, cue Mele Kalikimaka. They are so buttery and delicious, it’s nuts! They are perfect for anyone who secretly wants to move to Hawaii. That’s probably me and the rest of the world.
Anything red velvet is just so festive and screams Christmas to me without needing any over the top Christmas decoration or sprinkles. These cookies are chewy with a hint of chocolate, and are loaded with creamy white chocolate chips.
Another buttery and nuttily delicious shortbread cookie, this one is for the almond lover. Make a double batch because you can keep these in the freezer for later. They make the perfect slice and bake cookies.
These cookies put an Asian twist on our favorite chocolate chip cookies recipe. Pair these with the Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from above and you’ll have yourself a red, green and white Christmas cookie package.
This recipe is one of my personal favorites, and another one for the almond lover. I make these every single year for gifting and for eating. It’s a good thing the recipe makes 4 dozens!
Peanut Butter and Jelly are so everyday essential. But when transformed into little pie like sandwich cookies, they are just as Christmas worthy as any others on this list.
These jumbo white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are soft yet chewy, nutty and creamy all at the same time. They might not look festive, but they will sure make your taste buds dance.
Ever have a weird friend who loves pie crust and will push aside the pie filling just to eat the crust? Yep, that was how these cookies were born. And I still make them with left over pie crust every time I have a chance. But this recipe will specifically create a batch of pie crust cookies that you can gift anyone, not just the plain pie crust lovers.
Step aside peanut butter, these tiny cookie like hand pies are filled with cookie butter. You can make them with or without the lollipop stick. If you follow the original recipe and use lollipop sticks, you can wrap them up individually using lollipop wrappers and put a bow on them. They will make great stocking stuffers as well.
Ok, I know Madeleines are not technically cookies. But I love these so much I have to include them. Plus they’re red velvet which means they were born to be on the Christmas baking list. And Madeleines are perfect for packing and shipping.
Tips for Packing and Shipping Cookies
- For large and flat cookies, it is most efficient to pack them in plastic treat bags instead of tupperwares. This will save room and reduce shipping cost. It is best to pack them in stack, sitting up right in plastic treat bags, then tie up the top tightly. When shipping, lay them on their side in the shipping container, wrap the treat bags in bubble wrap and/or wedge them in with newspaper to make sure they don’t roll around freely inside the container.
- For smaller cookies and ones with irregular shape, they can be packed in either treat bags or tupperwares. The same idea applies, tuck them in their container tightly so they cannot move freely.
- I love using plastic treat bags because you can pack a few different types of cookies separately and keep them fresh without meddling the flavors together.
- Choose a shipping container 1 size larger than what you’re planning to ship and use bubble wrap, packing peanuts or newspaper to ensure your treats will keep their shape and avoid them from being crushed by other packages.
- To keep cookies fresher longer, you could also wrap them in plastic individually.
- Always ship priority to ensure they get to your intended destination as quickly as possible.
I hope this post has given you some useful tips and some ideas on what to make. Edible gifts are always the best gifts because didn’t they say the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach?