Homemade treats are some of my husband’s favorite comforts while he is deployed. He especially loves these Double Chocolate Cookies from The Farm Girl! They are moist, chocolaty and so very yummy! And they ship well!!
While he was deployed earlier this year, I sent him a couple of batches of them and all of the cookies arrived in good condition and still slightly moist and definitely edible!
I packaged a batch of them recently to send to a friend in his Christmas package, so I thought it was time I documented the packaging process.
It’s really quite simple and only requires a few extra items. I always use disposable containers with lids, but a holiday tin would likely work just as well.
For this package, I used a large rectangle container.
Start with a layer of plastic wrap cut long enough to have a few inches of excess on each side of the container.
Then you’ll need to cut several sheets of wax paper to the size of the container. I used a Sharpie to trace around the outside of the bottom of the container and then cut them slightly inside the line so the finished paper would be small enough to fit inside the container. Place one layer in the bottom of the container, on top of the plastic wrap.
On top of that layer of wax paper, place a single layer of cookies. Then repeat that two more times, for a total of 3 layers of wax paper and cookies, making sure to leave at least an inch of room above the top layer of cookies.
After the last layer of cookies, fold in the plastic wrap. Bring one side in and then fold the other over onto the first side.
After you have secured the plastic wrap and tucked the edges in around the layers of cookies, fold/layer in enough bubble wrap to completely fill the rest of the container.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll need one more layer of plastic wrap. This time, make sure it’s long enough to hang over on all 4 sides.
Place the lid on the container with the plastic wrap still exposed on the outside edges. This creates one final layer of resistance against air getting in and drying out the cookies. Then you can tuck the excess plastic under the outside edges of the container to make it look less messy.
Your cookies are now ready to add to the package you’re sending and get them posted as soon as possible.
If you’re sending any packages overseas this year, I believe you still have a day or two to get them in the mail for them to reach their destination by Christmas. During Michael’s last two deployments, some packages made it to him in as little seven days, while the longest only took 14 days. However, Michael was working in an office environment where they received mail each day. I have no idea what kind of time frame you should expect if your intended recipient is working in a field environment. That being said, packages are still appreciated, even if they don’t arrive in time for Christmas. It’s your heart and intent that will bring them the most joy!