Best Cookie Recipes for Care Packages

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

My Best Cookie Recipes for Care Packages, whether you’re sharing a plate with a neighbor, or shipping some comfort to a loved one across a continent ~ plus tips for contactless delivery!

Best care package cookie recipes pin

What makes a great care package cookie recipe?

  • It must be sturdy enough to pack and/or ship.
  • It should stay fresh for at least a week.
  • It needs to be delicious! There’s no point in going to all the trouble if you aren’t sharing something wonderful.

What not to pack in a care package

Mom's recipe box


Tips for packing cookies in care packages

  • Bake and ship your cookies the SAME day. Be sure to let them cool completely before packing, though.
  • Stack the cookies snugly, just the way grocery store cookies are packed.
  • Wrap and double wrap your cookies ~ keep that moisture in.
  • Choose a box large enough for the cookies as well as extra padding around the cookies. Use crumpled paper or bubble wrap to insulate the cookies on all sides, if possible.




Oatmeal cookies are probably my number one choice for packing and shipping. They are super sturdy, and keep their chewy texture for days. You can make them plain, if you’re not sure of your recipient’s tastes, or you can fancy them up:

Reader's Recipes: Oatmeal Crispies




It might be a cliche, but a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies is always right. If you’re sending me a care package, this is what I’d want. Choose one or make a mega chip assortment.

batter for DoubleTree chocolate chip cookies




There’s something so special and traditional about shortbread cookies, I think they’re ideal for giving. Shortbread does tend to be crumbly, so packing technique is important, make sure the cookies are tightly wrapped so there’s no room for them to jiggle or jostle against anything.

double dark chocolate chip shortbread cookies




Sandwich cookies are always special because you’re getting two for the price of one! As long as they’re hardy and the filling is well contained, they can be great for packaging up. Let them sit at room temperature for a while to give the fillings a chance to set up.

A pile of Nutella Sandwich Cookies on a white napkin



Contactless mailing for care packages

  • Go to the USPS online and sign in for a free account. You can print out shipping labels, pay for postage, and have your package picked up from your doorstep.
  • I keep a stash of Flat Rate boxes around, the medium size works great for sending cookies. But you can use any small box you’ve got.
  • If you’re dropping them off for a neighbor or local friend, ring the doorbell and leave your goodies by the door.

DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie, with bite taken out


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    April 28, 2020 at 9:06 am

    Thanks Sue! That reminded me that I was going to reply to your previous email about your request for Ideas of what we need. What do you have in the way of “pre-made-freezable-deliverable” type of main courses/casseroles for shut-ins (other than us self=-distancing/isolating!)?

  • Reply
    April 26, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    What kind of cookie is that above your sign-off? I want to make that, it looks fantastic!

    • Reply
      April 26, 2020 at 2:37 pm

      That’s the DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie recipe, the link is in the chocolate chip section, and it’s goooood!

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    April 26, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Sue, I find myself coming to your website again and again. And today, your collection of cookies hit the spot! Also, thanks for the contactless mailing info. How did I not think about using USPS!

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