How to Ship Holiday Treats (Without Them Crumbling to Pieces)
Get those cookies to grandma in one piece.
It's finally that time of the year again. Christmas music is creeping onto the radio, lights are going up, and that undeniable scent holiday baking is in the air. The best way to spread the holiday spirit is to share baked goods and festive treats with all of your loved ones.
Whether you're shipping goodies to grandma a few counties over or your beloved college student a plane ride away, here's what to make—and how to package it.
Cookies are best stacked tightly in tall cellophane bags or in decorative holiday boxes. The tighter you can stack cookies together, the less likely they are to break in transit.
Try one of these cookie recipes:
- Iced Whole-Wheat Sugar Cookies
- Ginger Coins
- Fudgy Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies
- Crunchy-Chewy Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Bars, Brownies, and Fudge
Any square-shaped treat that's a little sticky and soft to the touch should be packaged in separate compartments. Use parchment paper to wrap individual pieces or place squares in cupcake liners. Use a decorative holiday box to line the individually wrapped bites up nicely.
Try one of these bar, brownie, and fudge recipes:
- Fresh Gingerbread Squares
- Chocolate Stout Brownies
- Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
- Super-Fudgy Teff Brownies
- Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Fudge
Sending a loaf of freshly made dessert bread is a delicious way to spread holiday cheer. After completely cooling the bread, wrap the unsliced loaf in plastic wrap and label the packaging with butcher or parchment paper. If you want to spread the love between multiple people, package individual sliced pieces in wax paper envelopes and seal tightly closed.
Try one of these bread recipes:
Fill a tall cellophane bag with the tightly packed, popped popcorn mixture. Place the bags delicately into paper ice cream bowls, and layer in the shipping box.
Try one of these popcorn recipes:
- Rocky Road Popcorn Balls
- Candied Apple Popcorn Balls
- White Chocolate-Cherry Popcorn Balls
- Salty Maple-Pecan Popcorn Balls
- Tropical Popcorn Balls
Liquids, Sauces, Jams, and Nut Butters
Gift non-perishable liquids like flavored extracts or drinking vinegars in large, clear bottles. Use a funnel or paper cone to pour the liquid, and be sure to label them before shipping. For liquids that are thicker, like a caramel sauce or nut butter, spoon the mixture into a glass jar with any reheating instructions.
Try one of these sauce and nut butter recipes:
- Miso Caramel Sauce
- Lighter Chocolate Ganache
- Salted Chocolate Pecan Butter
- Or try one of these Homemade Extracts recipes.
Use parchment paper envelopes or sturdy bakery bags to package up these breakable bites. Be sure to avoid overfilling, because they will crack if too tightly packed.
Try one of these cracker recipes: