Monday, July 26

How to Package Cookies for Shipping : a video tutorial

Shipping cookies might even be scarier than making them.  After hours (and hours) of work, you put your cookies in a box, cross your fingers, smile *real nice like* to the UPS man, and hope for the best.

I've shipped thousands of cookies...wow, I'd never thought of that before...and some arrived in better shape than others.  For avoiding breakage, here's what works for me:

One more hint...cookies without appendages ship best.  In other words, a circle cookie will ship better than a horse cookie.

If you'd like a picture/written tutorial, check this link at Bake at 350.

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39 comments:

Amanda said...

Great job Bridget!! I learned a lot!

vanillabeanbaker said...

Great packing information and tips Bridget. When I was working I used to have to package and ship a lot of material for my company. I remember the courier fellow telling me that it wasn't a good idea to mark something fragile as it was just a red flag for the people who would handle to item to *have fun* with it. Don't know if that was really the case or not but since I was told that, I've never marked anything fragile, cookies or otherwise when I ship and everything has arrived in one piece. Good packing is better than lots of *Fragile/Handle with Care Labels*!

Kate said...

Thanks Bridget! I want to ship cookes someday... Now I know how to!

You're the best, and you're always so comfortable looking in front of the camera :-)

Barb said...

Thank you Bridget for sharing! I enjoy all your posts! With great appreciation~xo Barb :)

Kudos Kitchen said...

Holy Cow that's a lot of peanuts! Nice tutorial Bridget. Shipping cookies is such tricky business. You did a nice job of showing your techniques for doing it well.

Sue said...

Invaluable information! Thanks, Bridget!

Kate said...

Such a helpful video. I've been wondering how you ship cookies! Thanks Bridget!

SweetThingsTO said...

Great videos Bridget - you are so great on camera. And that was so cute how you hugged the peanuts :-)

BigBearswife said...

Great Video!! Glad you let me link it out of my blog! Im sure my readers will love it!!!

TidyMom said...

ok, I was totally laughing when I saw that HUGE bad of peanuts!! lol

This video helps a lot!! Thanks Bridget!!

Lisa said...

Great tutorial. I shipped my first batch of cookies to my mom for Mother's Day and I had my fingers crossed the whole time! What size clear bags do you get from uline.com?

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Lisa...I buy the 6x10" size. They fit almost any cookie I have.

bridget {bake at 350} said...

vanillabeanbaker...I've heard the SAME thing from 2 different shipping company employees. In their words, ALL packages are to be treated well, so marking "fragile" is like saying YOUR package is more special than the others. They don't like that. ;)

Sandy said...

I also find that for more fragile cookies (with appendages) that putting a layer of bubble wrap, then shredded crinkle paper (like for gift boxes) then cookies, then another layer of bubble wrap helps too - stops them from shifting against each other within the box.
Thanks for the tips, and the ordering info!!!
Sandy
SandysBakingMemories.com

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Great video!

Carmen

Michaela said...

I think you look so much like your mom esp in this video:) Such good tips~

Kristin Morris said...

That is a GINORMOUS bag of packing peanuts!!! But I bet it goes quickly. I am glad I watched this video, now I know how to ship cookies, and after reading the comments, what NOT to label them as! :) Thank you again. Now if only I could figure out such a careful and easy way to ship my cupcakes! :)

Bea said...

I like your packing for shipping better than mine... will try it next time I ship COOKIES...

jlj914 said...

Thanks SO much for the great video
on packing cookies to mail. I made cookies to send to my daughter who's away at camp as a counselor, and I'm going to use all of your suggestions.
Two questions...I have one dozen cookies, should I use 2 or more document boxes and then just place all documents boxes inside a larger box? Also, I'm sure I saw foam sheets at my Uhaul store, but if I order them from Uline, what size thickness did you show in your video? The site has several
"thickness" sizes! Thank you SO much!

Joanne

jlj914 said...

Sorry to bug you again Bridget, but I've checked out Half Price Boxes (thanks!) and I was looking for a box that I think would hold one dozen (approx 3 inch cookies) and came up with: 12 1⁄8 x 9 1⁄4 x 4" White Literature Mailers
I thought I'd defer to the expert..YOU...do you think this would work for one dozen? Promise not to ask anymore pesky questions.

amalia said...

Hi Bridget!

This post was incredibly helpful! I have been researching u-line for quite some time. Need to start ordering my cookie bags from there B/c I go thru so many of them. Could you tell me the product # or type of bags you order from u-line? Thanks so much for sharing your expertise!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

jlj914...the foam sheets are pretty thin...maybe 1/8 inch or so. When I ship a dozen, I use 2 document boxes...the regular size, like for sheets of paper (I think it's 8.5 x 11 x 2). I put 6 in each boxes and place those 2 boxes in the larger box...a 14 x 14 x 10. I hope that makes sense! :)

bridget {bake at 350} said...

amalia...I use the 6 x 10, 2 mil poly bags. I like that size because they can accommodate a large cookie and have room to tie with ribbon at the top.

Jessica said...

It seems like such a long process, but I'm sure you're used to it and very fast by now!

One thing I couldn't help but wonder: Do you send extra cookies in case some break? Or, what do you do if some (or most) of them break?

amalia said...

Thanks Bridget. One more question and I hesitate to ask....b/c I know you get inundated with icing questions BUT.... I have never doubled your frosting...always made the original recipe...but I need to start doubling...SO when you double the recipe do you still beat on high for 5 minutes or do you double that time to 10 min? Thanks sooooo much. I have read your Royal Icing 102 or 201 post...but didn't find this answer....Maybe I'm the only one silly enough to not figure it out on my own...ha!!!!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

Jessica...this shipping method is pretty good, especially with cookies that don't have lots of little doo-dads hanging off. :) It's always a good idea to order a few more than needed, but since I've started using this method, I've RARELY had anyone tell me there was a crack or chip or anything.

amalia...not a silly question! When doubling the royal icing, you make it exactly the same way. Just keep checking to see when it gets to s stiff peak. Should take the same amount of time. Sometimes, it takes 10 minutes, whether I double it or not, just depending on the weather, I think. :) Hope that helps!

Sugar Sanctuary said...

Thank you so much for this video. I have my first shipping order coming up and I'm nervous about it. Plus, I still need to figure out shipping prices. I was wondering what shipping method you use for across country shipping. Would you use ground or expedited? Also on Uline the 14x14x10 box has two options, the regular and then one that is 275lbs double walled. Which one do you use? Thank so much for your help!

Sugar Sanctuary said...

oh and one more thing! Any advice on shipping mini cookies??

Jill said...

Bridget, thanks so much for the great tutorial! Would you mind sharing how much you typically pay to ship a dozen cookies in the 14x14x10 box?

I am having a hard time finding a happy medium between keeping shipping costs low and using a box large enough to adequately protect the cookies from breaking. I'm currently trying to pack everything into a 12x12x6 box, but that makes me nervous because I feel like I'm cramming the cookies together, and that can have bad results at times... yet I'm also losing money on shipping as it is...

(sigh...)

Any insight you may have on
keep shipping costs low for your customers without compromising their safe arrival would be great!

(And in the meantime, perhaps I should just try your shipping method and see what happens) :-)

- Jill

Quirky Jessi said...

I couldn't help but giggle at the size of your peanuts bag, hehe.

And thanks for the tips. I'm getting ready to ship some belated Christmas cookies and was figuring out how to ship them before I even decide which kinds to bake, heh.

Sweets By Tanisha said...

TY so much for this info :).....I ship cookies all the time and was actually wrapping each cookie in bubble wrap and putting them in the box that way, but that was getting costly and people would complain that they would have to unwrap each cookie lol.....so now i do it this way and wow what a difference :) my customers love it and so do i! :)

J & M said...

Thank you for the great tips! I'm making some cookies for my soldiers overseas, and *hopefully* they will get there safe and sound {and cute of course} thanks to you!

{myra}

jeremiahandmyra.blogspot.com

Candice said...
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Candice said...

I was wondering if you knew that you can order boxes online from the post office for free? I live overseas in Sweden and my parents order boxes online from the post office to ship me goodies from TX.
Thanks for the tutorial! I'm forwarding it to my folks to make certain that the good stuff they ship me remains in tact.
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Dianne Grover said...

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Dianne Grover said...

Thank you for this post. The video is just amazing. We cannot deny the fact that several packages are being destroyed during the shipping process due to several factors. These tips you have shared will greatly help in the prevention of such instances with movers Nebraska. This will also give more ideas on how to pack things when they are to be transferred such as during an apartment move-out.

bigtomb19 said...

Shipping food is always difficult to do. Especially if what you are shipping can spoil or melt. I used to get chocolate shipped to me and there was always a good amount of packaging peanuts from http://brownandpratt.com/ in the box. Thanks for the helpful tips.

just wondering said...

I want to mail a big chocolate chip cookie. Would I do anything different?

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