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Mar 31, 2011 05:42 AM

Baked goods that ship well, especially cookies. Ideas? Recipes?

A friend who lives a coule of time zones away has just broken a leg. I'd like to send a homemade "sympathy" gift, but am plum out of ideas that ship well. She has young kids, so cookies are always a hit at her house.

Over the years for various holidays/gifts/treats I've sent various cookies, long keeping dessert breads, chocolate and etc, so at this point my repetoire has been exhausted, & I need new ideas.

Please help!

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  1. These Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are great travelers.

    1. The annual What Cookies are you making for Christmas? thread is replete with recipes and ideas. Here's the 2010 post:

      Maybe sugar cookies with Easter/Spring cutouts, if there are young children.

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      1. re: masha

        thanks i'll check out that link. not sure that I'll go with a seasonal theme, and we sent sugar cookies at christmas......

        1. re: monavano

          i do have a lot of hazelnuts on hand......but do kids go for these? of course it is mom i'm trying to cheer up.....

          1. re: qianning

            Chocolate and hazelnut is fantastic.

          2. These are excellent no matter what combination of fruit and nut you use. Plus, while they make a tasty treat, because of their ingredients they are good for kids for any hour of the day:

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            1. re: katecm

              that looks great! i was looking at a similar recipe in a Maida heatter book....but that used a lot of rum/brandy.....might have cheered the patient up, but probably not good for the kids.

              1. re: qianning

                My kids love them. I use hazelnut and then drizzle chocolate over them, or dip them in chocolate. They love dipping them in milk and biscotti last longer than regular cookies.

                Another thing that's fun for kids are long pretzels dipped in chocolate then sprinkled w/ colored sugar, or drizzled w/ white chocolate. You can mail them in a tall cannister.

                Oops, just noticed that I posted under this but meant to post it under monavano's biscotti suggestion. Sorry.

              2. re: katecm

                Looking here too for foods that ship well (besides brownies and ccc cookies); can't wait to try these. I'll be making some tonight, no almonds so either walnuts or pecans (leaning towards pecans).

                1. re: lilgi

                  Oh great! Let me know how they turn out. I make them for loved ones in Afghanistan and they report back that they're still pretty darn good, since there's no dairy in them. Since you get to mix and match, you don't tire of them too easily.

                  1. re: katecm

                    Kate, these were amazing, if I wasn't looking for ideas on foods that ship I might have missed this; not big on dried fruit and nuts. Delicious, healthy, low on added sugar and no added fats, ridiculously easy to make and addicting. I'm doubling the recipe next time and using the brownie edge pan with no foil.

                    The apricots really make these. I used light brown sugar and tripled the vanilla (cuz I luv it). Everyone enjoyed them. Will never be without dates and dried apricots in my pantry, thanks for posting the recipe.

                    1. re: lilgi

                      Yay! Glad to hear it. If you ever want to make them for a chocolate person, dried cherries with mini chocolate chips work wonders.

                2. re: katecm

                  David's Friendship bars have actually gotten me work! They are so good as written and so incredibly adaptable to what's in the pantry. Love these!

                  These Big Sur power bars are great too from 101

                3. In recent months I've mailed: David Lebovitz's Chocolate Chip Cookies, Three-Way Gingersnaps from The Modern Baker. I'm about to mail: and

                  I've found that too soft doesn't work well, and too hard just shatter. Fudge does well in the winter, and almost any bar cookie works too.