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Old 12-03-2005, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question Cookie suggestions for care package to a soldier?

Hello bakers,

I hope someone can help me. I'm looking for recipes of cookies that would ship well to a US Soldier who is in the desert. I read of a woman who makes a basic recipe for chocolate chip cookies, but replaces the chocolate chips with m&m's. I would think the m&m's would still melt though. It is the desert!

I've been considering sugar cookies. They last for a while, and are easy enough to make and tasty too.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions? If so, they are greatly appreciated!

TIA!

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Old 12-03-2005, 06:38 PM   #2
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We are going to experiment with a vacuum food sealer because the soldier we will be sending to wants soft sugar cakes. I would think the M&M's would be ok because of the candy coating.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:48 PM   #3
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I dunno about vaccum-sealing soft cookies, purrfectlydevine. I tried it on some toll house cookies which I underbaked a little so they would remain soft and chewy, and the vacuum melded them all into a glob. When the recipient of my cookies cut the seal, the cookies did not separate well, and he had to break off chunks.

Now, maybe if you laid them all down in single layers before sealing, with space in between, that would work.

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Old 12-03-2005, 07:35 PM   #4
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A friend of mine's husband has had 2 "vacations" (as he calls them), and she used to pack them back to back with a circle or parchment or wax paper between. He never complained about them being stuck or mooshed together!
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Old 12-03-2005, 08:21 PM   #5
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When I was in college, my mom used to mail me goodies wrapped in plastic wrap and packed in popcorn.
Here's grandma's recipe for oatmeal cookies...they are delicious and keep well.

Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/4 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
1 cup nuts, chopped
1 cup raisins

Cream together shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Add remaining ingredients, saving raisins and nuts till last. Drop spoonfuls on sprayed baking sheet and bake in preheated 350 degree oven until lightly browned. Makes a big batch.

My Aunt Velma's Soft Puffy Sugar Cookie recipe is on here someplace. I'll see if I can find them.


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Old 12-03-2005, 08:34 PM   #6
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Here's the sugar cookie recipe...it's a winner.

http://www.discusscooking.com/forums...+sugar+cookies
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Old 12-03-2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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I have 2 nephews in Iraq and When shipping cookies - i save pringle cans and make the cookies the size to fit the container and stack them in the can. they have arrived in one piece. They also store better then metal container where they can heat up and melt them.
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Old 12-04-2005, 06:09 PM   #8
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Wow! Thank you sooo much for all of your posts. I think I'm going to go for Sugar Cookies and the yummy Oatmeal Cookie recipe from Constance and her grandma. I'll definately be re-reading this when I'm ready to pack them.

Thank you again!! I better get to baking.
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Old 12-04-2005, 08:39 PM   #9
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Got my vacuum sealer today. The directions say to freeze soft foods before sealing so they keep their shape.
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That's interesting. Did you try it yet?
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