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Posted on 11/29/2012 5:44:42 PM PST by goodwithagun
I'm going to send Christmas cookies to two former students currently stationed in Afghanistan. It is their first Christmas from home. I've eliminated anything that is too soft or could melt. I've recently discovered I can't send them anything made from pork so the ham filled lard cookies with bacon icing is out (ba boom ching!). Any suggestions on packaging would also be appreciated.
join MarineMomsOnline yahoo group and post the question. You will get lots of good suggestions.
This cookie was popularized by World War One care packages to soldiers of the Australia New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC), since they could be made without eggs, and they kept well on the overseas voyage to Europe. The dough is very crumbly, but a small ice-cream scoop will enable you to form the biscuits quickly and in a uniform size and shape. Expand Martha Stewart Living, October 2000
Yield Makes about 3 dozen Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups rolled oats 2 cups sugar 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons Lyle's Golden Syrup 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 cup boiling water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, and coconut. Set aside.
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter with syrup. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water, and add to butter mixture. Stir to combine. (Be careful; if the butter is hot, it will bubble up considerably.)
Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, and stir to combine. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop, drop onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart (be sure to pack the scoop tightly so the mixture doesn't crumble). Flatten cookies slightly with the heel of your hand. Bake until golden brown and firm but not hard, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
They are sweet and chewy. Plus healthful.
Exactly what I was thinking - snickerdoodles!
Peanut butter cookies
Seal-A-Meal is a must. But don’t put too many in one pkg. I even sent some cakes, single layer in tin foil pan in the seal-a-meal pkg. the only thing we had a problem with was when I missed that one didn’t get sealed and the banana bread got a bit moldy, but they just cut off the mold & ate it any way! ;-). I tried to send a pkg a week. Once we sent 300 spritz Christmas cookies.
I’m not pandering, USPS is. Their web site specifically states packages containing pork or pork byproducts will be destroyed.
Thank you, I forgot about oatmeal raisin! I have a great recipe too!
It will last through anything.
My Uncle (WWII vet) stated that his boat nearly sank when someone dropped a fruit cake.
Screwing with the mail is a federal crime. What you are telling me is that OUR TROOPS are not protected by federal LAW.
The U.S. government is TELLING YOU YOU cannot support the troops unless it under SHARIA.
Here is where the F bomb comes into play. With all of it’s variations.
I like ginger snaps and sugar cookies for out in the field when it is warm out. For shipping, my mom used to send me care packages with the goodies protected by REAL popcorn to keep them from breaking. Never was hungry enough to eat the stale popcorn though!
Here you go FRiend, click on the “Mailing Restrictions” tab. And for the record, when I need a soft fat I use lard. I refuse to use hydrogenated oil aka Crisco.
Thank you for the suggestions, and thank you for your service!
How can they tell what kind of shortening is in the cookies? Shortening’s horrible for us to eat! Butter and pure lard are better.
Here is someone that is not on a restricted mailing list. If you can’t send him cookies, at least send him a CHRISTMAS card.
(Sgt) Evan Vela 84486
1300 N Warehouse Rd
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
If you don’t know about him, maybe you should.
Thanks for your info.
I STAND against the moslems. I STAND against anyone who would support them over one of our own.
Rice Krispie treats are a good choice. Can mix in chocolate chips or M & Ms. We also sent alot of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, right in their boxes. A couple Santa hats for padding and/or popped popcorn in large baggies.
A ballot card.
My mom sent me the same when I was in Saudi Arabia.
I ate the popcorn!
Once, a family member sent me a large tin of sugar cookies. They were excellent, but the gift inside was better. Underneath the parchment in the bottom, they had taped a small bottle of Old Grand Dad. Yummy!
Also, the original Listerine is the same color as bourbon. The Saudi’s never seemed to care that we had all those big bottles of it laying around, not in the bathroom!
When my brother was in Vietnam, Mom used to use a metal tin and pack the cookies in popcorn. I suspect they probably crumbled, but the popcorn was good too.
On Election Day they were both not only state side but in town. Both Leathernecks voted at their usual precincts.
I posted this thread for information to bring Christmas cheer to my two favorite Marines. If you’re going to continue with negative BS please leave this thread. Otherwise, name a good shipping cookie and suggest packing material.
If you had time I would suggest German honey cookies.
Fresh out of the oven they are okay, but taste much better after six months aging in a tin, and peak at about one year. I have some that are five years old, and they are the “brandy” of cookies, in that you eat them slow and savor every bite.
They have no fats or oils in them, other than inside some chopped, blanched almonds.
German Honey Cookies
(full maturity at 6 months)
Heat 1 pint of honey to boil, then cool until
Finely chop 3 ounces each of citron, candied
orange and candied lemon peel. Mix it with:
1 cup chopped blanched almonds
1 tsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
6 beaten eggs.
Mix 1 tbsp soda in 2 tbsp hot water, then add
it and the honey to the mix, then add:
1/4 cup orange juice.
Then stir in 5 cups bread flour, using a bread
Permit the dough to rest for 12 hours or more.
Drop small amounts from a spoon onto greased
baking sheets. Bake in a 350F oven for 8-10
For icing, mix 2 cups confectioners sugar with
3 tbsp or more boiling water and 1 tsp vanilla
extract. Brush on cooled cookies.
Fresh cookies are somewhat tame in character, and
the longer they age, up to a year, the better they
taste. It is best to store them in a large tin,
with layers of waxed paper in between.
Alternatively, the dough can be baked into a loaf
as a honey fruitcake, and can be eaten soon after
it has cooled.
I am keeping in with the thread topic. Thanks for ignoring me nephew. But hey he is used to that. You are asking for F ghanistan. Ship your self over. Barring that why don’t you ask for the approved item list to send to the troops? Call the Whitehouse helpline. Or PM Petreaus.
Do you seriously think that we (the USPS) are going to ask what ingredients are in your cookies? GO FOR IT! My son would have rolled on the floor laughing if he had gotten pork cookies. Mind you the military customs opened only one package the whole two deployments and it was a shipment straight from Hilshire Farms of all beef products.
This isn’t cookies, but when my daughter was deployed to Iraq, she was craving the Rum Cake that is a holiday favorite at our home. It improves with age, and the rum preserves it very well! And she had enough to share with her friends!
“I am keeping in with the thread topic.” No you aren’t.
“Thanks for ignoring me nephew.” No I didn’t. As for unnecessarily placing him in your post in an effort to make others feel bad, your tactic has failed. You should meet my mother-in-law. She could teach you a thing or two about passive aggressive technique.
“But hey he is used to that.” Maybe Uncle Bigheadfred should pay him more attention.
“You are asking for F ghanistan” I’ve asked for many things (a pony, an AR-15, diamond earrings) but never F ghanistan, or Afghanistan for that matter.
“Ship your self over.” I would but my baby girl is used to boob juice. “Barring that why dont you ask for the approved item list to send to the troops? Call the Whitehouse helpline. Or PM “ I don’t need an approved list I already researched it through USPS. All I’m asking for here is advice on what type of cookies ship better than others. I don’t want my Marines to open up a box of crumbs.
Lol I don’t think that, but I also don’t want my Leathernecks in hot water!
I send snickerdoodles. They arrive perfectly every time, no matter the season. I have a fantastic recipe if you’d like it.
Ask them what kind of cookies do they like and send them.
I send snickerdoodles. They do great every time, any season.
LOL. My apologies. I didn't realize you were such a waste of time.
My mother and grandmother sent a box of cookies to my uncle (aboard ship) during WWII. By the time they arrived, they were nothing but delicious crumbs — but well appreciated, even so. In the 1940s, people packed cookies in popped popcorn. I’m sure that we have better materials today.
I’m going to bed. I’ll say a prayer for you. You must need that to insist that nursing a baby makes me a waste of a human. Good night and God bless.
The only way the usps will know is if you tell them. No one will check. When I was in Afghanistan brownies were always a big hit. Also oreo cookies are hard to come by and appreciated.
They have no idea what is in your frosting..This is PC being employed by the military so it sounds good. If the rescipe calls for bacon grease use it (but don’t tell ) em.
And they would know that lard was used....how????
My rum cake looks like any other bunt cake. I’ve always been told that most of the alcohol cooks off. I certainly hope not! But I didn’t include a note saying what was in it.
One year I sent over about 100 individual boxes of homemade candy: truffle, peanut brittle, chocolate covered cherries, and rum balls. I put rum in all of them, used a whole bottle of Captain Morgan.
When I sent cookies I made all the regular ones; oatmeal raisin, choc chip, sugar, magic bars, brownies, peanut butter, Italian almond biscotti, and Russian teacakes. I put them either in cookie tins or tupper ware and made sure the box was packed tightly so the tins couldn’t get jostled around. They arrive in perfect condition.
I am on my fifth deployment since 9-11. During the winter you can send chocolate. It is too cold for chocolate to melt. My wife sends chocolate covered peanut butter drops every Christmas. They arrive fine. Pack the cookies well in a sturdy box. She puts them in a disposable tupperware container inside a cardboard box. The biggest danger to the cookies is getting crushed. You will need to hurry as the Military Postal System is slow in good times and overloaded at Christmas. I think last week was the cutoff for “guaranteed” delivery to Afghanistan by Christmas. No one will care if the cookies arrive before or after Christmas. It is the kind thoughts that count. Thanks for supporting the troops and your cookies will make many great Americans happy.
The can looks indestructible.
Great idea. It would be better though if they were addressed to Any Soldier on one of the FOBs. Otherwise the care packages stack up at the HQs and rarely make it further. Case in point the conexes of Starbucks coffee sent to Iraq. They were dropped off at Camps Victory and Slayer (co-joined bases in Baghdad). Not complaining because I used their silver bag Espresso roast in my ADC coffee maker for over a year but I knew some FOBs would’ve appreciated the goods. Some FOBs didn’t even have coffee in the local BX -if there was one.
Those work great and a small bottle of Crown Royal fits nicely in one. Yea I know your not suppose to send alcohol.
Little Debbies are a big hit over there.
Ok, read your post. Here’s my $.02:
-Cookies and most moist foods get go in shipping.
-Beef jerky, venison jerky, etc. are good.
They eat quite well over there so gap fillers usually amount to little odds-and-ends the folks at the BX and Hadji-Mart didn’t figure on.
-220 volt, multi-socket surge protector. The Hadji-mart models burn-out, catch fire, etc.
Then depending on their assignments
-Red dot for M16
-T-shirt from home town/state
-Thick, quality bath towel (not maroon or white -BX colors)
-Bathrobe for late night trips to the latrine.
-Extra Cushioned wool socks
-Leatherman if they don’t already have one.
-Hand held GPS (don’t worry about maps it can still take waypoints and provide distance and bearing info).
-Solar powered recharger for whatever gadget(s) they have.
-90% Isoproply rubbing alcohol or alcohol wipes for disinfectant since the BX won’t stock anything ‘alcohol’ so as to not offend the ppl trying to kill them.
Most other essentials are at a BX.
If it’s addressed to Any Soldier, FOB _________ it’ll get there, rather than being dumpted at some logistics HQ.
being former Navy and received many care packages while deployed, I have one recommendation, date your package! received a valentine’s package almost a year later. there were so many postal strikes that it was hard to figure out the shipped date
That would be wonderful. Another deployment is on the horizon for us.
My Postal service worker gave me this the first time I shipped a package last time and goes in the detailed description box:
CERTIFIED TO BE A
BONAFIDE GIFT OR ITEMS
FOR PERSONAL USE OF
no need to list the items.
Also, M & M.s were created to ship to the GI’s serving in WW1. They would be soft but still edible up to extreme summer.