A very special birthday

My husband’s grandfather is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. When my husband travels for work, he takes his grandfather out for pizza and beer every Wednesday. His grandfather calls him “the pie guy”.

This week he turns 96. A whopping 96! Since we couldn’t be with him to celebrate, I decided to bake him some birthday cookies. Mostly because he liked his Phillies cookies so much, mostly because cookies are easier to ship than cakes and cupcakes.

I should probably have rethought my choice in a cookie cutter. After some research, I realized most people prefer to ship cookies without appendages. Mine had just that.

This cookie shape made things a bit more difficult. To avoid having a burnt candle, I had to cook the cookies for 3-4 minutes less than I usually do. This made the cookies a bit more doughy and definitely more fragile. During the icing and decorating process, I lost about 9-10 cookies (the candles just kept popping off). It’s a good thing I made extras!

Since this was my first time shipping cookies, I looked online for various tips. I decided to use a method similar to what i am baker uses.

I should have taken some pictures, but here is a rundown of what I did to package the cookies:

1) Wrapped each cookie in wax paper

2) Placed each cookie in a plastic bag, tied and sealed

3) Wrapped each cookie in a layer of bubble wrap

4) Placed layer of bubble wrap at the bottom of a box

5) Layered cookies and bubble wrap in box

6) Sealed box and placed it in another box, with more bubble wrap

I’m pretty sure at least 2 candles broke off as I was packing them. Hopefully at least one makes it to him intact!

I hope the birthday boy enjoys his cookies. Happy Birthday Pops!

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