Generally, each cookie over 2" needs to be individually wrapped in either cling wrap or a treat bag to insure freshness and avoid damage collision with neighboring cookies. There's also a ziploc bag or two, bubble wrap, TWO boxes (one for the cookies, one for shipping), and lots of padding in between - usually peanuts. I've learned the hard way that trying to "save money" with regards to shipping usually results in broken cookies :( Sadly, no matter how many times the word "FRAGILE" is stamped in red ink on the package, sometimes some cookies just don't survive the shipping process.
I have found that USPS Priority Shipping is the least expensive option for the delivery time, and they provide their shipping boxes at no charge - which is a plus! I pay for my shipping online, which also saves $.
My shipping costs generally reflect:
- INNER BOX
- TREAT BAGS/CLING WRAP (pennies)
- ANY NECESSARY PADDING (peanuts, tissue paper, bubble wrap)