I shipped these mini camping cookies to a mini camper at sleep-away summer camp. (Tips on how to ship cookies below!)
mini camping cookies
I’m a huge fan of mini decorated cookies. While the smaller canvas can make for more difficult decorating, there are so many advantages to working on a pint-size scale. The cookie cutters are so much cheaper. You get way more cookies out of a batch. Small cookies are easier to eat. And most importantly, when giving as a gift, many, small cookies are easier to share than a few, large cookies. For this summer cookie idea, I made mini camping cookies.
That last one was especially my reason for going small with these camping cookies. I sent these to my niece away at camp, assuming she’s currently surrounded by cookie-loving peers. Scroll to the end for tips on shipping cookies!
how to make camping cookies
To make these, I just prepared my cookie dough, chilled, rolled out, cut out, baked and let cool. I made my royal icing, tinted with Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (Super Black, Bright White, Egg Yellow, Orange, Chocolate Brown, Leaf Green, Electric Purple and Peach). I prepared disposable decorating bags with couplers and round tips sized 2 and 3, filled with the icing, and tied closed tightly with rubber bands. I let the cookies dry well overnight after decorating, then packaged them each in little cellophane bags tied with ribbon. To find cookie decorating supplies, click HERE. For basic cookie decorating how-tos, click HERE. For more cookie decorating recipes, click here. If you need vegan cookies and icing recipes, click HERE.
Look how tiny…
how do you ship cookies?
To ship cookies, below are some tips. The beauty of decorated cookies is they are the perfect sweet to make ahead and ship.
Let the cookies dry very well first, at least overnight. (Note, you should use royal icing, NOT buttercream frosting, which won’t dry as well.)
Package the cookies individually in cello bags tied with ribbon or closed with tape.
Find the smallest box you can to accommodate all your cookies (this may take some trial and error).
If only shipping a few cookies, layer the bottom of the box with bubble wrap, then arrange the cookies in a single layer. Place popcorn in between the cookies, another layer of bubble wrap, then top with popcorn or crumpled tissue paper tightly.
If shipping many cookies, stack cookies of the same shape and lay on their side on a layer of bubble wrap. Place popcorn in between the stacks, and bubble wrap on the sides of the box. Top with bubble wrap and fill all the gaps with popcorn or crumpled tissue paper.
The key to successful shipping is to seal the box and shake it. You should hear NO MOVEMENT AT ALL in the box. Yes, it should be packed that tightly.