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Gift-Wrapping Tips for Holiday Goodies

Contributed by: NAPSA

(NAPSA) - A package of personally wrapped homemade goodies is almost always a welcomed gift during the holiday season. However, keeping that special gift fresh and intact through the rigors of the mail system can be quite tricky if you're not sure how to prepare or pack your treat properly.

Help ensure that your hours in the kitchen are not wasted by using some of these simple packaging tips for your holiday breads and cookies.


  • Bar cookies and soft cookies are best for mailing. Avoid sending thin cookies, or those with frostings or pointed edges.

  • Wrap cookies in pairs, flat sides together using foil or plastic wrap.

  • Use rigid containers such as cookie tins, decorative cardboard, wooden boxes or even coffee cans.

  • If packing a variety of cookies in one container, place several of one kind of cookie in separate paper or foil cupcake liners.

Quick Breads

  • Loaf pans are not mandatory for bread baking. A 1 1/2-quart casserole dish can be substituted for one 8 x 4-inch loaf pan. A 2-quart casserole dish can replace one 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

  • Most breads stay fresh for 5 to 7 days at room temperature if wrapped tightly.

  • Always pad the bottom of your gift box with several layers of filler. Add the bread, then add more filler around the sides and on top before sealing your package.

Bake in the spirit of the season with this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Cranberry Bread, courtesy of Nestle USA. This simple-to-make treat can be beautifully wrapped and sent to friends and family, no matter where they might be during the holidays.

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