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How to ship cookies

Delicious chocolate chip cookies

Everyone loves to have cookies delivered to their doorstep, but do you know how to pack and send cookies to help them arrive fresh and intact? Top cookie aficionados are privy to the secrets behind proper cookie shipping.

Shipping cookies made simple

There are two golden rules of shipping cookies:

  1. Keep them from breaking in transit. Certain types of cookies travel better than others—think twice about shipping cookies that are thin and crispy, or that have a heavy filling. Drop cookies and bar cookies ship well, as do cookies that contain dried fruit.
  2. Preserve the freshness of the cookie at all costs.

How to pack cookies for shipping

With the two golden rules in mind, follow these simple steps and you’ll be approaching cookie shipping perfection in no time:

  • Always allow your cookies to cool to room temperature before packing. Shipping warm cookies will cause condensation in the container, which can spoil the texture of the cookie.
  • Plastic wrap each cookie. For added protection against bumps and bangs, take individually wrapped cookies and double wrap them back-to-back.
  • Use an airtight container for packing the cookies. Line the bottom of the container with a cushioning material, such as bubble wrap or Kraft paper.
  • If shipping different types of cookies, stack bigger ones at the bottom, with smaller and lighter ones on top. Fill empty space with cushioning material.
  • Place the inner container in a shipping box. Use packaging material to secure the container, which should fit snugly inside. Mark the box as “Perishable” and indicate “This Way Up” to reduce the chances of your carefully packed cookies getting flipped about. Visit The UPS Store® location for supplies.

Even if a few cookies break here and there, you can bet your bottom dollar they’ll still get eaten.

If you spent too much time baking and just want to send the cookies out, visit The UPS Store® location near you to get expert support with packing and shipping your baked goods.  The UPS Store® offers a range of packing services and packaging materials perfect for your shipment, 

The best way to ship cookies is fast

As with any perishable, speed is of the essence when it comes to shipping cookies. Select an express shipping option to get your cookies delivered as fast and as fresh as possible. Consider UPS® Simple Rate – which offers standardized shipping rates for small packages across the United States.

When choosing your shipping service, bear in mind the time of year and where you’re shipping to. Nobody wants a box of cookies sitting in a loading bay a minute longer than necessary during the hot summer months. If possible, avoid sending over weekends or holidays. Doing so will keep your cookies’ transit time to the minimum.

Share the cookie love

If you’re still unsure about how to ship cookies, here’s a quick recap. Follow along, and you’ll be a cookie shipping maestro before your oven’s cooled.

  1. Select cookies that will travel well. Shipping cookies that are easily breakable or heavy on filling might not be the best idea.
  2. Do not ship cookies warm. Give your cookies time to cool to room temperature before packing them.
  3. Wrap each cookie in plastic. For extra security, double wrap cookies in pairs.
  4. Remember to use plenty of cushioning material beneath and around the cookies to keep them secure in your container.
  5. Select an express shipping option to get your cookies delivered right on time.

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