October 26, 2011


Jessica had a fantastic idea the other day: Why don't we get together and have a cookie-baking extravaganza, and make care packages of cookies to send to some deployed husbands (or in my case, buddies) of ours.

As soon as she said it, my mind started buzzing. I think each of us (there are a good half dozen who I can think will want to participate, at least) will make a different batch of cookies. I mean, sure, we could just make a bunch of Toll House cookies. And we probably will do one batch of those, cause who doesn't love Toll House cookies?

But I want to do, for my batch, something really super special and unique. So I've been collecting ideas on pinterest for the last couple of weeks. And I can't decide which to choose!

Full disclosure: I fully expect to keep a few of whatever cookies I make, so I'm only choosing from kinds I'd like to eat myself. That basically means no nuts. Of any kind. Or weird fruit things.

So, I'm asking for your votes. I'll let you pick which cookies I whip up for our soldiers who can't be with their families this Christmas. The recipe with the most votes by the time cookie day rolls around wins!

Go ahead and vote for as many as you like. I know I can't pick just one!

1.Red Velvet Cookies with White Chocolate Chunks

2. S'mores Cookies

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

4. Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Swirl

Source: amybites.com via Jaci on Pinterest

5. Pumpkin Cookies (maybe as whoopie pies, not sure how well those would ship and keep)

6.Christmas Kiss Cookies

7. Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

8. Christmas Surprise Cookies

Source: tasteofhome.com via Jaci on Pinterest

9. Candy Cane Cookies

Source: google.com via Jaci on Pinterest

10. White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookies

Source: bhg.com via Jaci on Pinterest


P.S. please try to factor in what would ship/keep well. I really have no idea. And if any of you have advice about shipping food to the Stan, I'm all ears!


  1. I vote the Smore cookies!!! Those look good!

  2. You want me to vote for one?! These all look absolutely amazing, I'm craving sweets now!

    Chocolate Peppermint Chip & S'mores look divine though. =)

  3. definitely one of the red velvet cookies.

    I made those exact s'mores cookies and didn't care for the way mine turned out...just FYI

  4. I'd go with smores, rice krispie treats or the chocolate peppermint. Seems like the rice krispies might ship best since they wouldn't turn into crumbs. My aunt sent me cookies once and the were mostly intact when the arrived but there were also tons of crumbs in the box, so of you pick a cookie I'd try for something chewy. Sounds like a fun idea, good luck narrowing it down!

  5. The first cookie, the red velvet one up top, looks heavenly. Can't go wrong with the hershey kiss cookie!

  6. Rice Krispies!! And I have a ton of experience sending baked good over! If you have a vacuum sealer, those work great and the cookies stay moist, but stop the sealing just before the cookies are crushed. If you don't, wrap them in layers and layers of plastic wrap, then bag them in Ziploc. Putting them in a tin or tupperware keeps them from turning into dust during shipping, but bubble wrap works in a pinch.

  7. Definitely the red velvet w/ white chunks.

    Oh, and I have a great recipe for Andes mint cookies. Yes, based on Andes mints themselves. Let me know if you'd like it, it's delicious!

  8. I vote red velvet with white chocolate chips!! I would say the one with cream cheese, but I don't think those would keep well. I tried sending Mark banana bread earlier in the summer and it was gross by the time he got it. They all look delicious but #1 wins for me!! :)

  9. I vote for the chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treats! And, I'm totally with you on the no nuts. I HATE nuts in cookies, brownies, or pretty much anything. lol! I sent a lot of baked goods to my husband, when he was deployed to Afghanistan, in various ways. Some people told me to send them in ziploc bags (a couple in each bag). I heard that they often tasted like plastic or cardboard. My husband said the ones that always tasted the best and stayed fresh were ones that I shipped in Ziploc tupperware containers. They come in packs of 4, and the medium square ones can fit quite a few (depending on the treat size). The cool thing about those is that they come in an assortment of colors too. I always packed those with treats and then taped down the four sides of the lids. Hope that helps!

    Btw, I also wanted to let you know about a military giveaway I'm doing on my blog. I know this is technically not the way to go about doing giveaways, but I wanted to make sure people were aware of it and wanted to give a heads up to all the military wives' blogs I'm following. Hope you get a chance to check it out! :)


  10. The candy cane cookies! Only bc I love them!

  11. I vote for the S'mores, Chocolate Gingerbread and Candy Cane cookies. I might be making those Candy Cane ones. Love them!!!

    When I sent Joe cookies, I put them in an empty (and rinsed/wiped out) Pringles can and duct-taped the lid closed. He always said they turned out well, and it took the packages at least 2 weeks to get there. Of course he was in Iraq, so I'm not sure if it takes more/less time for the Stan. I have friends who put them in ziploc bags and then put them in tupperware. You could also vac-seal them too.


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