What is the best method to pack and mail sugar cookies without them breaking? I have used all the methods I can think of to prevent breakage, but still too many break. My recipients don't mind, but I would like for the cookies to be received unbroken.
Thanks for any assistance.
I started mailing sugar cookies to friends and relatives about 6 months ago and this is what I do, but if someone else has a better way, I'd love to know. I line a sturdy box with bubble wrap, then I wrap each cookie (which are sealed) individually in a piece of bubble wrap.I make sure they are not moving around when I shake the box. If they are, I add tissue paper or another layer of bubble wrap. If the cookies are particularly fragile (like a skinny tail on a cat or a wienie dog), I cut a piece of light cardboard to fit the box in between layers so the cookies are sitting on a solid surface. Then I place that box in a bigger box filled with newspaper or styrofoam popcorn. Again, I stuff it so nothing is jostled around when shaken. I hate the thought of my cookies being all broken to pieces after all of the effort I put into them! So far, only a couple of cookies have been broken, but that was when I first started sending them and I didn't wrap each cookie individually. I use the US Postal Service to mail them, and have them stamp fragile and perishable on each box. I hope this helps.
I use a method like Pebbles. I use a lot of bubble wrap, but I think the key is to use cardboard cut to the size of the box in between each layer of cookies. Helps to stabilize them. And using another box a little bit bigger filled with a packing material-peanuts, crumbled paper, etc... to further cushion the box with the cookies.
I ship cookies all the time - I'm in MD and I ship to CA, KS, and MA to family at least once a month. They tell me that they get there without breakage almost all of the time
I get some of those plastic containers from the bakery or salad bar of the grocery store. Then I use several grocery store plastic bags (or the plastic bags from the dry cleaners). I crumple one or two bags and put them in the bottom and up the sides of the plastic container for cushioning. Then, I layer the cookie sin a single layer (either bagged individually or on sheets of wax paper) in a way that they fit well (sometimes I put in broken pieces of un-iced cookies for "space fillers"). If the shapes are particularly flimsy I put layers of cardboard too, and have "glued" the cookies down to a piece of wax paper on top of cardboard to be sure they don't move). I put some more bags after about 3-4 layers and close the plastic box. Then I put that plastic container in a cardboard box, surrounded by more crumpled plastic for cushioning and send.
I also write "fragile and perishable" all over the box and bring samples in for the people in the post office periodically... not sure if that helps, but it couldn't hurt, right?
I shipped cookies from Guam to Florida in February and they all arrived "alive". I sealed two layers of cookies with a vacuum sealer, parchment paper between the layers. I didn't pull all the air out, just most. Then I wrapped that completely in bubble wrap and shipped in a heavy duty flat rate box. My understanding is that they arrived all in one piece and still nice and fresh. I think the key is to make sure the box is sturdy and that the cookies don't move inside the box.
Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I will definitely use them.