By Vanessa Greaves

Everyone loves to receive packages in the mail, especially the edible variety. Make sure you get cheers when you mail your homemade treats and avoid crumbled cookies by following these pointers.

Not All Cookies Travel Well

Certain cookies tend to ship better than others do. We recommend that you do not mail cookies with custard or custard-like fillings or toppings, including cheesecake bars or Nanaimo bars. The custard could spoil, making a very unwelcome gift. For that matter, any cookie that requires refrigeration is not a good candidate for the mail. Another type of cookie that doesn't hold up well for mailing is one with a delicate, cake-like texture, such as Madeleines.

More: 10 Christmas Cookies That won't Crumble in the Mail

Good Things Come in Secure Packages

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Once you've baked and cooled your cookies, you're ready for the next step: packing them. There are a few guidelines you should follow when it comes to preparing cookies to be mailed. Follow these and your special packages should arrive in one piece and tasting great.

Top Tips: How to Mail Cookies

  • Cool cookies thoroughly before packing.
  • Package cookie types separately so crunchy stays crunchy and soft cookies keep their moisture to themselves. Wrap bar cookies individually in plastic wrap.
  • Don't overstuff your container. Your cookies may be damaged. Likewise, don't under-pack your container. The cookies should fit snugly. If you have too much space, crumple up a bit of tissue paper to fill the holes.
  • Pack cookies in a sturdy tin or airtight container. On the bottom of the container place a piece of bubble wrap, then line the container with parchment paper or cellophane, leaving enough to tuck over the top once the container is fully packed. Place one layer of cookies in the container. Cover with parchment paper. Arrange another layer of cookies, followed with more parchment paper, and continue this layering until the container is full. Tuck the cellophane or parchment paper over the top, then place another piece of bubble wrap on top, and seal your container.
  • And finally, let your recipient know that cookies are on the way so the package doesn't sit unopened under the Christmas tree for days.

More Packing Pointers

  • Place the tin or container in a heavy-duty cardboard shipping box that's large enough to allow a two- to three-inch cushion between the inner container and the outer box.
  • Place a layer of shipping peanuts, air-popped popcorn, or crumpled paper on the bottom of your shipping box. Set your cookie tin on this bottom layer. Then fill in the sides and top with more shipping materials.
  • Seal the shipping box with heavy-duty shipping tape. Place a mailing label on the box, and you're ready to send those treats on their way.

And now, on to the kinds of cookies that can be mailed all over the world!

These Cookies Are Going Places!

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Cookies that have a crunchy or hard texture such as biscotti, Mexican wedding cakes, crisps, Springerle, and shortbreads are sturdy enough to hold up for the long haul. And since they already have a fairly dry texture, drying out isn't much of an issue.

Cookies that have a slightly chewy texture, like chocolate chip, oatmeal, snickerdoodles, and white chocolate-cranberry cookies also ship well. These cookies tend to dry out if they are in the mail for more than a week, so if their destination is a long way off, you might want to ship them by express mail to ensure that they arrive just as tasty as when they were baked.

Dense bar cookies such as fudge brownies, blondies, and peanut butter bars travel well, too, as long as they don't have cream cheese or custard layers. Be sure to individually wrap each one with plastic wrap to keep that moist, dense crumb from drying out.

Cookies with chewy, moist textures such as macaroons and pignoli pack and travel well, and their texture only seem to improve after they've aged a few days.

Get recipes for the 10 Best Christmas Cookies That Won't Crumble In The Mail.