Christmas Countdown: The 40 Best Cookie Recipes for Shipping

Today is the last day to ship packages overseas by parcel post. December 11 is the deadline for sending packages overseas by priority. Hopefully if you are planning to send cookies to loved ones far away you are planning on sending them priority anyway. Some cookies seem to keep well and arrive intact while others seem to fall apart the minute they are stamped with the postal stamp. If you are sending cookies the ones from this list, if packed properly, will work.

1. Molasses Crinkles are moist so they don’t crumble, and the molasses helps them stay fresh a long time.

2.Ranger Cookies
filled with good things like coconut, oatmeal and pecans are festive sprinkled with colored sugar crystals

3. White Chocolate Macadamia Cookies stay moist and delicious.

4. Any kind of biscotti will keep wonderfully for a very long time but why not send a taste of the holidays with these Pumpkin Pie Biscotti?

5. Chocolate Pixie cookies are an old standby in Christmas packages

6. Brown Eyed Susans can be made with frosting or a Hershey’s Kiss.

7.If you can’t find the raspberry chips use dark chocolate in these Chocolate Chip cookies

8. Holly Hermits stay moist because of the candied fruit.

9. Amazing Rum Bars are festive and keep well.

10. My mother in law made these Cranberry Cookies every year for my husband. They travel well, I know this from experience!

11. Peanut Butter Kisses …yum! Use Hershey’s Hugs for a different look.

12. Rich, buttery Checkerboard cookies keep exceptionally well if packed carefully.

13. My son in law loves these Double Chocolate Toffee cookies and I have mailed them to him successfully.

14. Quaker Famous Oatmeal cookies stay moist and chewy. Another traditional cookie for mailing.

15. Caramel Brownies are perfect.

16. Oh Henry Bars have been being shipped to loved ones “over there” for decades.

17. I suggest these Espresso & Cream Brownies with one caveat. Leave the frosting off, and add white chocolate chips to the batter for the best results.

18. Rice Krispie Treats are just fun. You can color the marshmallow green and make them into wreaths…Or leave them in bars. These are different because they are Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats

19. Toffee Pecan Blondies are another delicious bar cookie that will travel well.

20. Alot of people really love the Neiman Marcus Cookie. Personally, I think it is o.k. It travels well and the bit of coffee flavor adds a nice touch.

21. Mmmm..Chocolate Peppermint Slices are festive and delicious.

22. Mexican Wedding cakes look delicate but aren’t. They are beautiful as part of a cookie assortment.

23.Spicy Speculaas are a traditional Christmas favorite.

24. Butterfinger Cookies with chopped up butterfingers bars. I have to tell you..I love these.

25. Eggnog Sparkle Cookies. Doesn’t the name just make you think of Currier and Ives Christmas Cards and Hallmark Made for T.V. Tear Jerkers? Yeah. Me too.

26. Cuccidati are Italian date and fig cookies, something like fig newtons.

27. Cherry Christmas Slices. For a really festive cookie use both the red and green cherries in these.

28. Surprise them when they bite into these luscious Chocolate Caramel Filled cookies

29. Christmas Cornflake Wreaths are a no bake cookie that kids will have fun making.

30. Because of the way these are made and shaped, these Cinnamon Sugar Cookies will not crumble during shipping.

31. Lebkuchen

32. Surely I don’t have to say this twice. Oreo Crunch Brownies

33. Can anyone resist M &M cookies?

35. Cranberry, Orange, and Dark Chocolate cookies.  Add some pistachios and they will be perfect.

36. Chocolate Florentines. Bakery perfect with homemade flavor.

37. Caramel Rum Spice Blondies. Mmmm..tastes like hot buttered rum. Sort of.

38. Add some zest to your Holiday with Lime Pistachio Cookies.

39. Christmas Cheer Cookies.

40. Rocky Road brownies are dense and chocolate. They do travel well. For a more Holiday appearance try using the pink and green marshmallows rather than just white.

Basically any sturdy cookie will travel well. Usually sugar cookies are too delicate. Bar cookies are great if they are moist enough. Dried fruit adds moistness and helps cookies stay fresh.

Be sure and package flavors in different packaging. The more delicate cookies can take on the flavors of the spicy types, or anise types, if you are not careful.

This tutorial on how to ship food items is fantastic!

These shipping and packing instructions are shorter and to the point.

So, what are you waiting for. You don’t have much time left!

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    • sarahsouth

      what a great post! this will keep me occupied for a while, for sure!

    • Marye

      Thanks Sarah! I hope it helps if you have some to send. :)

    • Linette

      I love to bake at Christmas, I’m saving this for later.

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    • Danielle

      I couldn’t have stumbled upon your blog at a better time!!! (It was a case of serendipity & browsing through fashion and home decor blogs…) My boyfriend’s brother is currently in CA for training, and will be shipped to Iraq after Christmas, with no real idea of how long he’ll be deployed. I’ve been searching for recipes to make & send to him (and his comrades) that will keep for the mailing period (and that I’m actually interested in making). Thank you thank you thank you! You are now bookmarked – I will be stopping by!

    • Marye

      Thanks Danielle! I hope you find what you are looking for. Is he at Diego then? My husband and I were both in the military and our oldest son is headed back to Iraq for the second time in January.
      Glad you found me.

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    • lindsay

      what a brilliant idea! now i know what to send and what to eat by myself :)

    • Jerri

      Great post. I’ll be baking some goodies over the next few weeks, so it’ll definitely come in handy.

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    • Sandy miller

      wow thanx so much for posting this!!
      I have a daughter in the Peace Corp, Benin Africa. This will be her second Christmas away from home and she really misses homemade cookies! I recently purchased a Foodsaver and will be attempting to send cookies to Africa. Thank You so much!
      Sandy Miller

    • Marye

      lindsay- I always make sure to eat a few of each know..just to make sure..I ..uh…didn’t mistake the linament for the vanilla. ;)
      Jeri- you can also check out my 50 best cookie recipes on the internet on this blog for more ideas.
      sandy- my son is in the air force so I know what you mean…
      You just want to wrap up the holidays and end it to them

    • Jerri

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I’m glad you liked my post on Operation Homefront. When I found out about it, I just had to write a post on it, and your post was the perfect link to add.

      My husband and I are big supporters of the military. Thank you for your service. We, as a country, are truly in your family’s debt.

    • Jean

      I am so happy to find this site. I have been a military wife and now married to an ex-Navy man. The holidays away from home are always better when yummy home snacks are received by those in the military. Thank you for serving – it is the most noble thing anyone can do.

      Got to get to baking for my nephew in Iraq.

    • Marye

      I am happy you found it too! Please stop back by and say hello!

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    • Donna Johnson

      Hey there…thanks for all these great ideas! I’ve taken over our community christmas parade this year and have vowed it to be the biggest and best we’ve ever had. (last years parade only 5 entries 7 minutes sad that was) Anyway my goal 2 hours…gonna need cookies for our elves to hand out and also for the children to hand out with the hot chocolate and cider…This site is going into my favorites list so I can get to it easily in the near future…I love it!!!! Thanks

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    • Marye

      Glad you found help here! Be sure to check the pictorial index to the cookie recipes on on the side bar!

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    • gina

      I love your site! I am so excited to find the section on the best cookie recipes for shipping! What is the best way to ship cookies? How should they be wrapped? Do they really stay fresh? I’ve never shipped cookies because I dont know how! lol

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    • Lisa

      Ok, where is this website! My son is in MCT an I love bakin cookies for him! I have also been wondering how to pack them when sending.!