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The best Christmas cookie, bread, and cake recipes for mailing to loved ones
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If you send Christmas treats to far-flung friends and family, you know that some baked goods are better travelers than others. Save those delicate tuiles for your dessert table; these sturdy cookies, cakes, and breads will reach their destination just as beautiful and delicious as they were the day you baked them.

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    Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti Straws

    Biscotti are famous for their longevity, and these red-and-green-flecked ones are no exception: if they’re packed in a sealed container, they’ll stay fresh for up to 3 weeks—safe for even the slowest of snail mail.
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    Vanilla Slice-and-Bake Cookies

    These versatile cookies give you an option of a soft glaze and a hard royal icing; for mailing, the royal icing is sturdiest choice.
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    Chocolate-Drizzled Florentines

    Thin, lacy Florentine cookies are notoriously delicate—far too fragile for mailing. But this riff consists of a caramelized almond layer over a sturdy sugar-cookie base, making them much better-suited for packing.
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    Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake

    The sweet-tart glaze on this buttery pound cake forms a protective layer, helping to keep it fresh longer.
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    Cranberry, Orange & Walnut Streusel Bread

    Using butter in this quick bread creates a tender cake-like loaf that’s still sturdy enough to pack and travel well.
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    Ginger Snaps

    When stored in an airtight container, these crisp, spicy cookies remain impressively delicious for up to five days from baking.
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    Spiced Rum Fruitcake

    Fruitcake famously gets better as it ages; the only problem is that this version with rum-soaked apricots, apples, and raisins is so good you’ll hate to part with it.
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    Chocolate-Orange Biscotti

    These sturdy cookies are still sparkly, festive, and full of delicious nuggets like hazelnuts, candied orange peel, and chocolate chunks.

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    Cranberry-Almond Bundt Cakes

    This recipe makes 12 festive mini-cakes, making it dead easy to bake and mail a little gift to a long list of friends.
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    Orange-Hazelnut Olive Oil Cookies

    Reminiscent of biscotti in texture (and longevity), these not-too-sweet cookies are a perfect dipper for after-dinner coffee.
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    Chocolate Chip-Banana Bread

    This classic, crowd-pleasing recipe gives you four mini loaves, or, for someone who’s been REALLY good this year, one large one.
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    Classic Gingerbread Men

    Don’t let your gingerbread men arrive with scowls missing buttons. It’ll take about 40 minutes for the royal icing to set completely, so don’t try to pack these babies until the icing is truly set.
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