The Best Way To Send Cookies In A Military Care Package

by Heather on October 15, 2015

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My husband LOVES cookies. And he especially loves getting them in a care package. There’s nothing quite like homemade cookies to make my pilot’s eyes light up and his smile grow big, even on a boring day during deployment.

One common problem in sending care packages is getting them there in one piece. In other words, not as a bag full of crumbs but actually still in the whole cookie shape.

The solution? It’s all in the packaging. Your loved one can receive and enjoy fresh-tasting, whole cookies if you follow my method.

The Best Way To Send Cookies In A Military Care Package

Supplies needed:

  • A flat rate box, usually medium or large. Free at any post office. (You can use whatever box you’d like, but the post office flat rate ones go two-day shipping to the military mail center. After that it may take a while)
  • Ziplock (or any brand) food containers that will fit evenly into a flat rate box. You might have to measure your box and the containers figure out how to get the maximum amount of containers in your package. (see USPS flat rate box dimensions below)
  • Cookie supplies- you can use a pre-mixed package from the store, or make from scratch. Totally up to you!
  • Packing material- Depending on the fit of your box or if you add extra items to your care package, you may need some padding. Grab some plastic bubbles, newspaper, magazine, paper towels, old scrap towels, and old t-shirt, or even a new t-shirt you’re sending. Whatever keeps things from rattling around.
  • Customs form- when you pick up your flat rate box, you might as well grab your customs forms. It’s always easier to fill them out at home rather than when you’re standing in line at the post office… especially if you have kids!
  • Priority mail label- also at the post office, grab a free priority mailing label so you can do that from home.
  • Packing tape
  • A note, card, or anything else you want to send along with your cookies


  1. Make the cookiesbest way to send cookies
  2. Let them cool completely. I let mine cool overnight, but if you do that, be sure to put them in a ziplock baggie or air tight container overnight to lock in the freshness.
  3. Set out your small containersbest way to send cookies 3
  4. Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap. Test and see how many will fit on top of each other and then still be able to seal the way to send cookies 4
  5. Wrap aluminum foil around the packs of way to send cookies
  6. Place in containers and seal.
  7. Set containers into the box.
  8. Add any padding you need.
  9. Include a note and maybe a photo or anything else you want to send.
  10. Fill out customs form, and seal package.
  11. Take to Post Office and send! You can even arrange to have packages picked up if you need to!

Your cookies will be able to stand rough handling, high or cold temperatures, and even a few weeks of travel time! Have fun! And don’t forget to Pin this post for later!


*Medium flat rate(top loading) box  dimensions:

11 1/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 6″
11″ x 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″

*Large Flat Rate box dimensions:

12 1/4″ x 12 1/4″ x 6″
12″ x 12″ x 5 1/2″

*subject to change- check for updates

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber October 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Thank you for this! I’ll keep this in mind for sure.


2 Heather October 21, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Your welcome! Glad to help out =) Thanks for stopping by!


3 Kathryn Walbert November 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Heather, thanks for the best step-by-step instructions and ideas for military care packages I’ve seen yet. I’m a Navy mom, and my son will deploy in January for the first time so I’m collecting ideas. I’ll be following you regularly!



4 Heather November 28, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Thank you Kathy! So glad to help out! I’ll definitely say a prayer for you and your son. I’m sure he’ll be so glad to have your support back home =)


5 Wendy January 10, 2016 at 10:58 am

Excellent guide for packing care package cookies! The key, like you said, is no wiggle room that can turn cookies into crumbs! Trickier is getting them there still tasting good. Your triple wrap method is sure to help.


6 Heather January 18, 2016 at 1:11 pm

Thanks so much Wendy! Hope it comes in handy =)


7 GeorgiaAnn Ball February 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Hi Heather, My 25 years of experience has also come to this method additionally i fill the containers with m & m s they further cushion dont go stale and are resistance to heat


8 GeorgiaAnn Ball February 20, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Hi Heather 25 years of mailing packages and we use the same method in addition i add m& m s to each containers they further cushion, dont go stale and are resistant to heat


9 Heather February 23, 2016 at 7:48 am

Ooh I love the M&M idea– such an added bonus of cushioning and a yummy treat! Thanks for sharing!


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