Our Army son is in Afghanistan and wants me to send him homemade cookies. What are the best kind to send over there?
By Judy from Cocoa, FL
What is your son's favorite cookie? Think of adding nutritional ingredients in your cookie batter like: oatmeal, raisins, peanut butter/chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit pieces, etc. You could make him rice krispies treats or Special K cookies too.
My grandson says he gets too much junk food and really appreciates better nutrition when he goes for the sweet stuff or what he refers to as "fatty cakes." Some of our young soldiers are not always able to eat a full balanced meal, but once daily and really go for the energy foods/drinks depending on their job from what I've read off anysoldier.com website.
Chocolate can be sent now as the temperature has cooled down significantly.
1-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ( 2 sticks ) butter, room temperture
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup grandulated sugar
1 - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup quick oats ( not instant )
2 cups coarsely crushed corn flakes
( Eve used Bran flakes, I used Total )
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup chopped nuts
(Other Add- In OPTIONS, but don't use all of these in one batch, just your taste )
1/2 cup peanut butter / mini-chocolate chips or , 1/2 cup Crasins , 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, cloves or allspice
1/2 cup applesauce , canned pumpkin or cooked and mashed Zucchini )
Preheat oven to 350* Lightly grease some baking sheets.
In a large bowl sift together flour, baking soda,baking powder and salt.
In another large bowl, beat butter,brown and white sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add eggs; beat well. Add vanilla; beat to combine. Gradually stir flour mixture into the butter - sugar mixture.
Beat well. With spoon stir in oats,corn flakes and coconut. Drop dough by teaspoonsful about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies are lightly browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove to rack, let cool. Yeild about 5 DZ. cookies.
These cookies freeze well
Tell your son and his troops we are grateful for their service.And we pray for their safe return home SOON. GG Vi
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I would like to ship home baked cookies to Afghanistan from Pennsylvania, USA. Are there certain cookies that ship better than others? What is a good packing method so the cookies arrive without becoming broken? I read a while ago about using popcorn, but cannot remember any other details. Thank you for any help and ideas.
Any kind of cookie will work. First ask family and friends to help you collect empty Pringle potatoe chip containers. Make the cookies small enough to fit them and freeze them before shipping. When shipping use newspaper for extra padding.
We used to ship a lot of cookies to friends and family stationed in Vietnam. Use the resealable plastic bags with 3-4 cookies per bag. The best packing material we found was popped popcorn. Inexpensive, light and totally biodegradable especially since the packing material can be eaten too.
If you can vacuum seal- a small handheld can be found for under $20.00, my soldiers say this is best to keep baked goods fresh and mildew free. The pringles can is also good to keep them from breaking up, but wrap up cookie "stacks" in plastic/saran wrap also to keep fresh, soldiers appreciate anything that lets them know that someone from home cares!
I always send to my specific soldiers and also address extra packages to "Any soldier" at the same FOB address or to "The Chaplain" for the guys that never get anything from home, because most of the time these are just homesick kids that really are wondering what they've got themselves into.