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Tips on Shipping Cookies to US Military
When mailing sturdy cookies and homemade candies, wrap each piece individually and pack items in commercially popped corn, Styrofoam packing peanuts or foam to help cushion the trip. Place the food gifts in a sturdy box and seal it securely with packing tape.

Dense and dry baked goods such as fruit cakes and biscotti are good choices for mailing because they will not mold. Other suitable baked goods include commercially packaged cakes and cookies in airtight tins, dry cookies such as ginger snaps and specialty crackers.
Source: USDA


More Tips on Shipping Cookies 

Use sturdy but lightweight plastic containers to pack the cookies.

Place wax paper between each layer of cookies in the container, packing the cookies snugly so they don't slide.

Limit each container to one kind of cookie so flavors don't mix.

If shipping to a warm climate, avoid chocolate, which can melt.

Don't ship cookies in the same box with nonfood items, such as soaps, lotions or perfumes that contain chemicals -- even if everything is tightly wrapped.

Place plastic containers in a stiff cardboard box with a thick layer of bubble wrap or newspapers to give the cookies added insulation during shipping.


Cookie Tips
To make formed cookies from uniformly-sized balls of dough, roll the dough into a log the diameter that you wish the balls to be then slice the log into equal chunks. Form the chunks into balls.


Troubleshooting Guide for Cookies

If your cookies are too tough . .
You may have used too much flour or a flour with too high of a protein content.  Unless you want a chewy cookie, do not use bread flour.  Check your measurements--the cookies may not have enough fat or the amount of sugar may be wrong. 

 

If your cookies are too crumbly . . .
They may have too much sugar, shortening, or leavening or may not be thoroughly mixed.  Try adding more eggs.   

 

If your cookies are too hard . . .
They may have been baked too long or at a temperature that was too low.  Too much flour or not enough shortening or liquid will make them hard also. 


If your cookies are too dry . . .
The same elements that make cookies too hard, may make them too dry.  Try baking them at a higher temperature for a shorter period.  Substitute brown sugar (with its higher moisture content) for part of the granulated sugar.   

 

If your cookies are too brown . . .
The cookies were most likely baked too long or at too high of a temperature.  Too much sugar may make a cookie brown too readily. 

 

If your cookies are not browned enough . . .
The baking temperature was too low, they were not baked long enough, or there was too little sugar.   

 

If your cookies spread too much . . .
The baking temperature may be too low.  Too much sugar, shortening, or leavening will cause spread.  If pans are greased with too much shortening, spread may occur.  Add a little more flour or chill your dough before forming the cookies.   

 

If your cookies don't spread enough . . .
The opposite conditions that create too much spread may cause your cookies not to spread enough.  There may not be enough sugar, shortening, or leavening, or the temperature is too high.  Try adding more grease to the pan and baking at a lower temperature

 

If the edges or crust turns out sugary . . .
The cookies probably have too much sugar.  The dough may have been inadequately mixed. 

 

If your cookies have a poor flavor . . .
Make sure all the flavoring ingredients were added.  Dated or low quality ingredients may not impart strong enough flavors.  Improperly washed baking pans will sometimes cause a cookie to taste bad.

 

If your cookies stick to the pans . . .
The pans probably weren't greased adequately.  Too much sugar will make cookies stick.  Cookies are usually easier to remove from their pans immediately after coming from the oven.  
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Christmas Fruitcake Cookies

1 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 (8 oz.) pkg. each candied red & green cherries, cut in quarters
1 (8 oz.) pkg. pitted dates, chopped
2 c. pecans, chopped

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in remaining ingredients. Batter will be stiff. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute; remove cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Yield: 7 dozen.
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Christmas Snowballs Cookies
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix and set aside above ingredients. Blend:

3/4 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla

Beat in 1 egg. Stir in dry ingredients. Add:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. semi sweet chocolate bits
1 c. chopped nuts

Shape in 1" balls. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees on an ungreased cookie sheet. Cool and roll in powdered sugar. Freeze well.
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Christmas Sugar Cookies

3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter flavor Crisco
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix flour, soda, baking powder and salt. Mix in the Crisco like pie dough until well blended. Add 2 beaten eggs, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 cup sugar. Mix well. Roll out onto floured surface. Cut into shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
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Christmas Peppermint Cookies

1 c. margarine
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. quick cooking oatmeal
1/2 c. crushed peppermint candy

Beat in bowl the margarine and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in egg. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt and add to creamed mixture. Stir in oatmeal and peppermint candy and mix well. Roll in 1" balls and bake on greased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely and glaze.

Glaze

1 1/2 c. sifted powdered sugar
3 tbsp. milk
1 drop food color (opt.)
3 tbsp. crushed peppermint candy

Combine powdered sugar, milk and food color and mix well. Drizzle on cookies and sprinkle on candy.
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Christmas Cake Cookies

2 lbs. Dates
1/2 lb. candied cherries
1/2 lb. candied pineapple
1/2 lb. shelled almonds
1/2 lb. Brazil nuts
2 1/2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. butter or margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs

Chop almonds and toast until golden brown. Cream butter and gradually add sugar, then beat in eggs thoroughly. Stir in dry ingredients, fruit and nuts. Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes, about 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Don't overbake.
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Christmas Molasses Cookies

1 qt. molasses
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. Crisco
1 3/4 tbsp. ginger
1 3/4 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
2 level tbsp. soda dissolved in 4 tbsp. vinegar

Flour to make a soft dough, about 10 to 12 c. Warm molasses in a very large container. Add brown sugar and Crisco, stirring constantly. Do not boil mixture. Remove from stove. Add spices and mix well. Add soda and vinegar mixture, mixing well. Work in flour in small amounts until dough is stiff enough to roll. Be careful not to add too much flour as dough will not roll. Cut into desired shapes and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for about 5 to 8 minutes in a moderate oven (275 to 325 degrees). Ovens will vary.

NOTE: After dough is mixed, put into greased bowl. Grease the dough on top and cover with a cloth. Do not put in refrigerator. Keeps for several days while working. A dough board (piece of board covered with a cloth) is mandatory for rolling these cookies.
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Christmas Fruitcake Cookies

1 c. margarine
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 (8 oz.) pkg. each candied red & green cherries, cut in quarters
1 (8 oz.) pkg. pitted dates, chopped
2 c. pecans, chopped

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Combine flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well after each addition. Stir in remaining ingredients. Batter will be stiff. Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool for 1 minute; remove cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Yield: 7 dozen.
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Swedish Christmas Cookies

1 c. butter
2 egg yolks
Dash salt
1 egg white, slightly beaten
4 tbsp. chopped almonds
3/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and almond extract. Add salt. Sift in flour and mix well. Make it pliable dough and chill 30 minutes. To shape, divide dough into 6 equal portions. Roll out each portion to make a rope, about 24" long. Divide each into 2" strips. Place on cookie sheets. Brush with egg whites and sprinkle with sugar and almonds. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until cookies feel firm and are lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on cookie sheet a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes 6 dozen.
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Christmas Spice Cookies

1 c. molasses
1/2 c. safflower oil
3/4 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. mace
1 c. milk powder
3 tbsp. yeast
4 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

Blend molasses, safflower oil and spices. Add milk powder, yeast and flour. Mix into a stiff dough and chill for several hours. Roll dough very thin, cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Makes 5 dozen.
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Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies

1 c. (2 sticks) butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. sour cream
5 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add beaten eggs, vanilla and sour cream. Sift flour with baking soda and powder. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Chill. Roll out and cut. Frost with favorite frosting or great unfrosted.
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Chocolate Cookies

1/2 C. vegetable oil
4 sq. unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 C. sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

Mix together iol, melted chocolate, and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time. Add vanilla and dry ingredients. Chill about 1hr.. maybe a little longer.

Shape into balls about the size of walnuts and roll into powdered sugar, place on cookie sheet, but nut too close together because they spread out. Bake at 350 for 10-2 min. Makes about 6 doz.
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Old Fashioned Brown Christmas Cookies

1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1 egg
1 c. molasses
1/2 c. boiling water
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. soda
Flour to roll

Mix all ingredients. Roll in flour. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.
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Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

1 tsp. soda
1 c. sour cream

Set aside.
1 c. shortening or butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs

1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. lemon flavoring
2 tsp. baking powder

Alternately add sour cream and 5 cups flour to make a soft dough. Roll out on a well-floured board and cut in desired shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Decorate as desired.
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Easy Chocolate Christmas Cookies

1 can condensed milk
12 oz. pkg. chocolate chips
3/4 stick butter
Vanilla

Melt above over boiling water.

Add:
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/ tsp. salt

Stir well. Add 1 cup chopped pecans. Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
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Christmas Fudge Cookies

1 can Eagle Brand milk
2 tsp. butter
6 oz. chocolate chips
1 c. flour
1 c. nuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate chips and butter on low heat. Stir and add Eagle Brand milk, flour, nuts and vanilla. Cool -- spoon by teaspoon on greased pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
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Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

1 c. shortening (softened)
1 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt

Stir into above mixture; mix well. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Add color to one half (either red or green can be used). Roll each color into strips about 4 inches long. Twist together like a rope; shape the top. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. You can add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract if you like (to the green half).
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Chocolate Log Cookies

1 lb. powdered sugar
1 stick melted butter
2 c. crunchy peanut butter (I used extra crunchy)
4 c. Rice Krispies

Use a large mixing bowl. Put the powdered sugar together with the melted butter and stir with a spoon. I then use my hands to mix the peanut butter and Rice Krispies in with the powdered sugar and butter mixture. Pinch off enough of the mixture to make logs about the size of your thumb. Sort of roll them in your hand. Put them into the refrigerate for about an hour. Remove and frost with chocolate frosting.
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More Holiday Cookie Recipes
Air or Meringue Cookies
Apricot Cream Cheese Cookie
Basic Christmas Cookie Recipe Mix
Cake Mix Christmas Cookies
Candy Cane Holiday Cookies
Chocolate Log Cookies
Christmas Almond Balls Cookies
Christmas Butter Cookies
Christmas Cake Cookies
Christmas Candy Cane Cookies
Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas Chocolate Cookies
Christmas Cinnamon Cookies
Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies
Christmas Crescent Cookies
Christmas Fruitcake Cookies
Christmas Fudge Cookies
Christmas Honey Cookies
Christmas Jam Cookies
Christmas Lace Cookies
Christmas Molasses Cookies
Christmas Peppermint Cookies
Christmas Pretzel Cookies
Christmas Vanilla Rolled Cookies
Christmas Snowball Cookies
Christmas Sour Cream Sugar Cookies
Christmas Spice Cookies
Christmas Sugar Cookies
Christmas Thumbprint Cookies
Christmas Wreath Cookies
Chocolate Hazelnut Macaroons
Cookie Spiders (Halloween)
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cranberry Cookies
Cranberry Drop Cookies
Cranberry Kiss Cookies
Cranberry Orange Cookies
Cranberry Puffs Cookies
Crunchy Christmas Cookies
Easy Chocolate Christmas Cookies
Easy Ghost Cookies
Easy Halloween Cookies
Frosted Pumpkin Walnut Cookies
Honey Sweet Potato Cookies
Italian Easter Cookies
German Christmas Cookies
Graham Cracker Cookies
Mocha Walnut Christmas Cookies
Old Fashioned Brown Christmas Cookies
Old Fashioned Christmas Cookies
Orange Iced Cranberry Cookies
Original Nestle's Toll House Cookies
Roll Out Christmas Cookies
Special K Cookies
Swedish Christmas Cookies
Sweet Potato Cookies
Valentine's Day Cookies
White Rolled Christmas Cookies