Why was I baking all weekend? I wanted to send some cookies to three librarian friends (across the land - I'll explain that in a second).
Recently, I made the cookie dough for Dorie Greenspan's Chunky Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Chocolate Chipsters and Chocolate Ginger Cookies...and froze them in little balls. (Freeze them on a cookie sheet for a few hours first, then transfer to Ziplock bags)
Then, I simply baked them after they sat out a little bit (I had to roll the Chocolate Ginger ones in the sugar-ground ginger mixture). This is really a great technique. You should have emergency cookie dough available at all times! :)
I wanted to test out what baked goods traveled well so I enlisted several librarians to conduct some "research." Brian P is in the Bay Area, Sunshine is in Duluth and Diane B is in Maryland. I wanted a West Coast, Mid-West and East Coast "researcher." I filled a plastic container with food and bubble wrap and then placed this in a priority mail flat-rate box.
I mailed them on Monday and Brian P reported that he got his today (Wednesday). I'll let you know which item traveled the best and worst...
Citrus Pound Cake Mini-Loaf, Double Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal/Peanut Butter Chipsters...
Ginger Chocolate Cookies, and Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies