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December is officially baking season, and few things are better than sharing cookies, cakes, pies and breads with loved ones. This year, however, the COVID-19 pandemic may mean that your annual family bake-offs and friendly cookie swaps are postponed or canceled. But just because you can’t swap in-person doesn’t mean you can’t still send your loved ones baked goods through the mail.
The best baked goods to send in the mail are sturdy ones. Crumbly cookies and pillowy rolls need not apply. Luckily, some holiday classics like gingerbread, pound cakes, biscotti and a large selection of cookies are perfect for sending to those near and far. To make sure they arrive intact, pack them snugly in an airtight container (you shouldn’t be able to hear or feel them shifting around when you gently shake the tin), then pack that container in a mailing box with bubble wrap. Here are some of the best baked goods to send by mail.
As red as Santa’s suit, these red velvet crinkle cookies will surely make your loved ones feel jolly, even from miles away.
There are so many things you can make with gingerbread flavors during the holiday season. But these gingerbread biscotti ship particularly well. Pair with a pound of coffee and a new mug for a festive gift.
Pound cake is a classic, dense dessert. This version is especially delicious thanks to liqueur-soaked cherries and a splash of bourbon in the batter. For best shipping, omit the glaze in this recipe.
You don’t need to send your family candy canes to give them the gift of peppermint this holiday season. These red and white striped cookies will give them a minty sweet fix.
Oat-based bars may not sound thrilling, but with the addition of maraschino cherries, chopped nuts and shredded coconut, these treats certainly are.
Cranberries have uses far beyond cranberry sauce. Take, for instance, these delicate, sweet and salty scones, which make the perfect gift for the brunch-lover in your life.
A classic Christmastime cookie, shortbreads are simple and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, even if the crowd is across the country.
Who says gingerbread flavors have to be in cookies? This dense yet delicious cake delightfully highlights the flavors of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and molasses .
If you’re mailing baked goods to a family with children, chocolate chip cookies are a must. And a touch of cinnamon adds a warm winter touch to these nostalgic sweets.
Chocolate bark is a holiday favorite. This one uses dried fruit and shredded coconut for just the right amount of natural sweetness.
You may not believe it, but brownies ship surprisingly well since they tend to be dense. And these brownies just so happen to be the same recipe served at Boston's Fenway Park, so it’s the perfect thing to give someone who missed their favorite stadium foods this year.
Sweet, rich white chocolate macadamia nut cookies get a festive twist in this recipe with the addition of dried cranberries. These are perfect for anyone who prefers their cookies chewy rather than crunchy.
If you can't break bread with your family this holiday season, do them one better by mailing them this sesame-topped crusty loaf.
Banana bread has been all the comfort baking rage in 2020, but take it to the next level for gifting by folding in orange zest, dried cherries and pistachios.
Want to bake up some summery treats and mail them to your family during the shortest, coldest days of the year? These sunny blueberry lemon scones will make anyone smile.
If you are short on time, whip up a batch of these bars with cherry, pepitas, almonds and dark chocolate. They are ready in an hour and ship exceptionally well.
Can’t decide between baking chocolate or almond cookies for your family? Why not do both in one?
Why choose between mailing your loved ones brownies or cookies when you can simply do both?
The molasses in these cookies will remind your loved ones of a good old-fashioned Christmas and are the perfect thing to send in a cookie exchange. Need more ideas? Check out our 50 best cookie recipes.
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