When properly packed, sugar cookies can survive the rigors of shipping. The key is to provide packaging that will keep them fresh and protected from getting cracked or broken into pieces due to impact. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship frosted sugar cookies to ensure that they arrive in their most delectable condition.
Ship only freshly baked cookies but make sure to pack them after they have completely cooled. Packing them while still warm will generate moisture which can turn the cookies soggy or become breeding grounds for molds and other microorganisms. Also, wait for the royal icing to dry up completely before wrapping or packing the cookies to prevent messing up the designs.
Sugar cookies can get stale or harden like a rock if left exposed to the air. To prevent this, wrap each frosted sugar cookie in clear plastic bags that can be secured with a ribbon for presentation. The bag will protect the cookies from the elements and keep them fresh as well as prevent flavors from mixing up especially when shipping different varieties.
Line an appropriately-sized box with bubble wrap and carefully stack the cookies with bubble wrap between layers. Make sure that each cookie is well-cushioned in all sides and does not move around by filling any void with more bubble wrap or other packing materials such as packing peanuts, air pillows, and shredded paper.
Close the box and shake a little to test for movement. Add more packing materials as necessary until the cookies are completely immobile. Close and seal the box with packaging tape.
Place the box in a larger box lined with packing materials. Fill the sides and top with more packing materials so that the inner box will not shift or move. Close the outer box and attach address and labels such as “Fragile” and “Handle with Care”. Take the package to your local post office or shipping company and choose the fastest option possible so that the sugar cookies arrive fresh and in their best form.
If you opt to ship frosted sugar cookies in a jar or glass container, follow these following packing tips.