If you’re considering baking cookies for gift giving during the holiday season and mailing some of the yummy treats to loved ones that are far away, then you need to know a few how-tos. This easy Christmas cookie guide for baking and mailing will help streamline your baking endeavors so you can turn out batches of your favorite cookie recipes in record time, plus get them mailed in plenty of time for the recipients to leave a homemade cookie with a glass of milk for Santa.
Cookie dough and baked cookies freeze beautifully. Make cookie dough ahead of time, wrap well to prevent freezer burn and odor-absorption and freeze the dough until you’re ready to bake. Divide the dough into small batches before freezing to allow for quicker defrosting.
Freshly made cookie dough can be dropped onto cookie sheet, then place the cookie sheet into the freezer until the dough freezes. Remove from freezer, place frozen cookies into plastic bags and store in freezer until ready to bake. Take out as many frozen cookie dough discs as needed, allow to thaw on the counter, then bake as usual.
Baked cookies freeze perfectly too. Bake and allow to cool completely, then wrap each cookie in plastic wrap. Store wrapped cookies in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months.
Don’t over mix cookie dough after the flour has been added, it will toughen the dough and make for less-than-stellar cookies.
Because some cookie dough has a high fat content, greasing the baking sheet is not always needed. Only do so when the recipe specifically calls for it.
Cookies will continue baking even after they have been removed from the oven if they are allowed to remain on the cookie sheet. As soon as you remove them from the oven, use a spatula and remove them from the cookie sheet and place them on a wire rack to cool. Allow cookie sheet to cool to room temperature before placing more raw dough on it.
Mailing Homemade Cookies
The objective to mailing cookies is to get them there quickly and without breaking. Mailing before the Christmas rush (December 15 th ) is always a good idea to ensure timely arrival. Breakage prevention starts with the homemade cookie recipe – bake chewy, soft cookies for mailing for best results. Wrap two cookies, back-to-back, in plastic wrap or foil. Then layer the cookies in box or tin, with the heaviest cookies on the bottom, and place a sheet of wax paper between each layer. Fill the container full so the cookies can’t move, seal the lid with tape, then place that container of cookies in a mailing box. Place packing peanuts, bubble wrap or plastic grocery bags (lighter than newspaper) around the cookie container to cushion it and prevent it from moving. Secure the mailing box with tape, clearly print ‘fragile’ on all sides of the mailing box, and mail to its destination.