5 Essential Tips for Mailing Baked Goods to Friends

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.

‘Tis the season for baking and gifting, so why not combine both, no matter how far away your loved ones are? In this day and age it seems like people are getting harder to buy for. First of all, they tend to purchase what they want, when they want. Secondly, the trend is going more and more toward minimalism. Our friends and family want our time and attention, not more things. But we can’t always be together, especially when jobs move us around the globe.

Use this time of year to send gifts from the heart to surprise the people you love. Bond with your kids in the kitchen while baking, and explain to them who the special treats are for. Include them in the packing and shipping process, too. Not sure how to mail baked goods? Here are a few tips to start spreading delicious holiday cheer!

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Before you begin, sit down with your kids and compile a list of people your family would like to bake for. You might start local with neighbors, teachers, and the people in your lives that go above and beyond all year long. Remember anyone who may be having a hard time during the holidays, too.

Decide what you’ll bake. Kids especially love to make and eat cookies! I like to include a variation of items in the care packages we send, so we’ll bake a batch of cookies as well as seasonal favorites and a few new recipes each year.

Get your ingredients and start baking! I use Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Baking Flour because not only is it a high-quality product, but the company shares my belief in making the world a better place through small acts of kindness. And they even make gluten-free baking flour that always yields great results. Click here for $1 off Bob’s when you try it for yourself.

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Pack your baked goods carefully and ship them the right way. Wrap individual items in plastic wrap and use wax paper in between layers of cookies. Use bubble wrap or foam peanuts for cushioning instead of newspaper, which doesn’t provide enough protection. Select the fastest shipping option, and make sure to send them early in the week. (If you mail them on a Friday, they’ll likely sit in a facility over the weekend.) Let the recipient know a perishable gift is on its way, so she won’t accidentally let it sit in the elements all day (or longer).

Psychologists have found very real positive impacts in baking for others. Turns out it’s good for both the giver and the recipient. Baking is an act of mindfulness and self-care, as well as altruism. In other words, baking for others is good for your health, in case you needed more reason to do it! So now take a moment to imagine you’re the recipient. Someone has surprised you with a care package full of yummy baked goods, just to let you know how much they care. Isn’t that a feeling you want to share?

What’s your favorite holiday treat to bake and share?

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Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

Peppermint and White Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Organic All Purpose Baking Flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
3 large candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:

1. In large bowl, beat butter for 1 minute on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla on high speed.

2. In separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together. Slowly mix into the wet ingredients on low speed until combined. Switch to high speed and beat in the chocolate chips.

3. Cover dough tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill for at least 3 hours and up to 3 days.

4. Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.

5. Preheat oven to 350°F.

6. Scoop and roll balls of dough, about 1.5 tablespoons of dough each, into balls and place on baking sheets lined with silicon mats or parchment paper.

7. Bake cookies for 8-9 minutes.

8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet.

9. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.

10. Place white chocolate in medium heat-proof bowl and melt in microwave in 15 second increments, stirring each time until completely melted and smooth.

11. Dip each completely cooled cookie halfway into the white chocolate and place onto a parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet.

12. Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top of the chocolate. Repeat with the rest of the cooled cookies.

13. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator to help the chocolate set.

14. Once set, enjoy!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.

 

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About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel and lifestyle digital influencer at Top Flight Family. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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