Skip to comments.Vanity: Best Cookies to send to Afghanistan?
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.