Ultimate oatmeal cookies make great shippable gifts

Everybody needs a few stand by cookie recipes that are easy to make and delight the lucky recipients when you package them up and send them off.   These are cookies that even ship well, making them a great choice to send off to a loved one in some distant land, whether in the armed services or elsewhere.  You don’t have to wait for holidays with these cookies either, so they are perfect for a “just because” gift or an after school snack.

The “original” was a Quaker Oats recipe, but it has been jazzed up with some additions to make the appeal even stronger.

Stacked Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies are made to be eaten.

Ultimate Oatmeal Cookies

  • 1/2  c. (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4  c. firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  c. granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2  c. all purpose flour
  • 1  tsp. baking soda
  • 1  tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  tsp. salt (optional)
  • 3  c. oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c. coarsely chopped banana chips

Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, raisins, chocolate chips, and banana chips, and then  mix well.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets and then remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

To ship these cookies: choose a sturdy box for the exterior box, and then a smaller one for inside.   Cushion around interior box with “scrunched” paper, styrofoam peanuts, air pillows, or even popped popcorn!  (Air poppers work GREAT for popping corn for packing material, and it is all biodegradable then too!)  Inside the box, layer cookies on waxed paper, filling box entirely to prevent cookies from shifting around.  Remember, this box is apt to be tossed, tumbled, etc. so imagine kicking it across the kitchen and wanting those cookies to stay in place!  Use scrunched wax paper or tissue paper as needed to ensure a snug pack in the box.

Cookies purchased at the recipient’s location will always be less expensive than shipping them cookies you made yourself, but there is something about a package of cookies from home that has a special touch (some claim its love!) that cannot be duplicated by anyone anywhere.  Remember, when shipping cookies to loved ones…especially those in the armed services…they will want to share, so it’s definitely okay to send extras!

For giving cookies and hand delivering them: This is a much simpler delivery method, and the diligent attention to packing them isn’t necessary, as they aren’t going to be in a box on a mail truck anywhere.  Be creative!  The container can be anything from a cookie jar, a disposable platter, a holiday platter, or even a pretty basket.  Coffee containers or small boxes covered in wrapping paper and lined with tissue paper can also make attractive gift packaging for your cookies.  The simplest choice?  A zip-closure bag with a dozen cookies dropped into a small, tissue paper lined gift bag!  For that “extra” touch, drop in a couple of single-serving packages of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa to accompany it.

About giascott

Writer, blogger, cook, grandmother, mother, wife, radio personality, outdoor enthusiast, dog enthusiast, crafter, artist, and part-time nut~~I've earned a lot of t-shirts in my day! I'm one of those crazy independent women who can cut down a tree, build you a shed, sew you a dress, cook your dinner, make some soap, pitch a tent, build a fire, catch some fish, dig in the garden, chase a kid or two, write you a poem, paint you a picture, and a dozen other things...just don't ask me to sing! I'm also embarking on a relatively new portion of my life, one of being disabled. I'm learning some lessons along the way about a lot of things too.
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2 Responses to Ultimate oatmeal cookies make great shippable gifts

  1. Babygirl says:

    Great post… love oatmeal cookies

  2. Pingback: The RV stove or grown up easy bake oven? | Downsizing Chronicles

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