BakeFlix - Sending Goodies to Friends

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Chocolate Oatmeal Peanut Butter & Ginger Chocolate Cookies

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...

Mailing Cookies to Friends
Citrus Pound Cake Mini-Loaf, Double Chocolate Brownies, Chocolate Chip/Oatmeal/Peanut Butter Chipsters...

Mailing Cookies to Friends
Ginger Chocolate Cookies, and Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Everything you baked here looks so've got me in the mood for a baking weekend now! :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Mine arrived on Wednesday too. I cannot wait to complete my "research." It is interesting that it took the same amount of time to get to the east coast as north Cal.

Diane B.

Shannon said... [Reply to comment]

I am very interested to know the results of this test, I am looking for some good recipes to mail and this came at the perfect time!

Sunshine said... [Reply to comment]

Finally, mine arrived today (Thursday) in Duluth, MN. First off, everything was intact. I'm on a diet, so I picked out one ginger chocolate and one chewy chocolate chip. Both were excellent and tasted just fine. They weren't dry or stale. But Food Librarian is a champ in the packing department, so there was no way these puppies were getting bent out of shape. What for tomorrow?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Sunshine shared the cookies today and they great!! Very well traveled.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The cookies sent to the midwest were shared with staff and what a wonderful treat on a Friday afternoon. The chipsters was still fresh and tasty. Much appreated that you are such a great baker and have such a generous friend. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

uh, Mary? What gives? Did I just fall off the map of fresh baked goodies? Don't all those trips to Tartine count for something (BTW, a big group came over yesterday and we had lemon meringue cake - to die for)


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