Shipping care packages to a soldier through an APO address can be a little tricky if you’re sending something perishable. While sending letteres to soldiers is a wonderful way to show your appreciation and love, a package with cookies baked at home is that extra touch that makes all the difference. Because it can take up to three weeks for delivery, you’ll need to plan ahead. When receiving care packages soldiers love to find a homemade, tasty treat; not a mess of melted chocolate and crumbled cookies. Fortunately, it is possible to send cookies and other baked goods and ensure they’ll get there fresh and delicious.

 

Soldiers love to get care packages from back home.

Soldiers love to get care packages from back home.

 

The first step to shipping cookies overseas is selecting a type of cookie that will survive the trip and still taste fresh. Bar cookies are a good choice because they don’t get stale quickly and can stand up to being jumbled. There are dozens of great bar cookie recipes that you can use, as well as brownies. If you want to use one of your regular cookie recipes, simply turn them into bar cookies by spreading the batter in a 9 x 9 pan and baking until done.

 

You can also choose to buy store bought cookies, which have a long shelf life and tend to survive the trip well if they’ve been cushioned. Still, it’s always good to include a homemade touch in care packages soldiers receive overseas. Drop cookies are another excellent selection because they are dense and thick, making them ideal for a long trip overseas. Other cookies that do well are shortbread, peanut butter cookies biscotti, molasses cookies and sugar cookies. Another bit of advice when shipping cookies in a military care package: don’t mix hard and soft cookies in the batch, as hard cookies will absorb moisture from soft cookies and turn them gooey or too soft.

 

After you’ve selected a good mix of cookies to bake, plan on packing them properly. It’s a good idea to wrap each cookie individually, or two back-to-back. This cushions the cookies perfectly, keeps them from sticking to each other and lets you send a wide variety of cookies without the flavors mixing together. Because it can take weeks to ship APO packages, use cling wrap or the press-and-seal variety which makes the cookies air-tight and prevents spoilage. To ship your package to an APO address you’ll also need a sturdy container. Select a small box, tin or hat box is ideal for packing your cookies safely. Carefully arrange the individually wrapped cookies in the box but don’t crowd them. Use newspaper, crumbled wax paper or butter-free popcorn to fill up the empty space and cushion the baked goods.

 

When you ship APO packages in the mail you know they’ll be knocked around quite a bit on the trip. That’s why proper packing is the key to ensuring your military care package is received in good condition with a fresh gift inside. In addition to baked goods, sending letters to soldiers is a great way to show your love. Always include a handwritten note with your care package to add a special touch.

 

A Smiley Cookie bring a smile to soldier's face

A Smiley Cookie brings a smile to soldier's face

 

At Smileycookie.com, you can send dozens of delicious smiles to a service person via the APO and never have to worry about the condition your gift will arrive in. In addition to our famous traditional Smiley, you can send seasonal cookies like our patriotic Star Smileys, “Love U Dad” Cookies for Father’s Day, or our tree shaped Christmas cookies.  We have a delicious treat for just about every holiday. Or you can create your own cookie tailored with your soldier’s unit colors or those of their favorite team or school. All of our sugar cookies and gift baskets are certified kosher and 100% peanut free and with every Smileycookie.com order you are always able to include a free personalized note so you can say thanks, I miss you or come home safe in your own words.

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