What do cookies, Twitter and the post office have in common?

My first holiday food shipping adventure.

This year I decided to try my hand at baking and shipping holiday treats to some new friends of mine I met on Twitter this past year. It was a lot more work than I anticipated, but I got some cool stuff in return!

The Selection Process

BT Soul Sistas: I had the amazing opportunity to meet friends, Sara and Renee from Twitter in November 2010 for a BT show in Tampa. We all connected really well, and they’ve always been intrigued by my baking. Since they live out of state there’s pretty much zero chance they’d ever eat anything I’ve made, so I decided I needed to send some baked goods to them.

BT: This Grammy nominated artist and his family (music labels, tour managers, friends) quite literally seemed a part of our family in 2010. Brian announced he was taking a break for a few months and it just so happened that he would have a more stable schedule right around when I would be sending cookies out. I figured, why not share the sugar love?

theredheadsaid: Charlene is a fun to follow woman on Twitter from New York City. I found her through a mutual follower, but turns out we share a lot of similar interests such as: BAKING! She tweeted up the crazy idea of a long distance baking challenge which turned into a cookie and cake pop swap. (Her homemade gourmet cake pops were to die for!!!!)

Relatives back home: My in-laws really go all out when it comes to cookie making and I wanted to share some of my creations with them. All of them were getting together for the holidays and I thought they all could share while they celebrated the holidays. (Plus I knew I could count on my sister-in-law to really enjoy the Peanut Butter Sriracha cookies!)

Prepping

  • Cookie Tins: Lucky for me when I went shopping at the craft store, holiday tins were 60% off. I bought a variety of sizes and designs to fit the recipients personalities.
  • When to ship: I chose the week before Christmas (actually a Tuesday) to mail the cookies out, because I wanted to be sure everyone would be home to receive the shipments.
  • When to bake: To ensure the freshest products, weekend before shipping so the cookies and fudge were as fresh as possible.
  • Researched some tips from Martha Stewart tweeted about shipping cookies.

What to Make (Included as a note in the shipment)

Happy Holidays!
The treats you’ll find in the tin are:

  • Fudge (ranging in flavors from chocolate and goji berry, pecan, crushed Oreo, crushed stem ginger shortbread and plain.)
  • Peanut Butter Sriracha Cookies* (Note: they are indeed spicy – Sriracha is a spicy chili sauce. Feel free to try with chocolate!)
  • Gingersnaps
  • Key Lime Cookies* – Made with key limes from our own backyard
  • Dinosaur Sugar Cookie – For our daughter Juliet’s birthday
  • Million Dollar Cookies* – Chewy chocolate cookie with a Rolo candy caramel inside, topped with crushed Heath bar. As featured in Parenting Magazine – 2008 Cookie Bakeoff Bonanza winner!

*Recipe can be found at: thesugarpixie.net.
Enjoy!

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Thoughts on the Process

The shipping and packaging took a lot more time than I anticipated. It was a whirlwind of baking activity for a weekend and several hours trying to find the right packing material, utilizing what I already had on hand. I was concerned about everything arriving fresh and a major snowstorm blew through the East Coast both while my packages were en route, and then when I was receiving my cake pops from Charlene.

If I choose to do this again, I will take the the empty tins and find the appropriate sized shipping boxes instead of overpaying for wasted space in the box.  I was so happy to share lots of these yummy treats with friends I met through social media!!!

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