Pizzelle are an excellent gift at Christmas or for any special day. But when it is time to pack them up for giving away, it can be difficult to be sure that the fragile cookies do not break when transported.
Anyone who has made an attempt to transport pizzelle or have bought them over the internet learn just how vulnerable to breaking these cookies can be. And though one or two damaged cookies may not be too bad, a container full of them completely destroys the presentation of the gift. So, how do you carry or ship packages of these treats to family and friends without presenting them with a package full of crumbs in the end?
If you will not be moving them far, and if you are delivering them physically, you can place them on a cookie plate on their own or as a part of a cookie assortment. When doing this, be sure that the cookies sit flat on the dish or tray. They can be stacked if you want, but try to keep them flat. Cover carefully with a piece of cellophane wrap and make certain that the platter sits flat during transport.
Another way to give them away as gifts is to box them in smaller boxes. This is best when bringing them somewhere to share as several presents, for instance when going to a party or other event. Cardboard mug boxes or medium sized candy and treat boxes work for this. Having said that, individual pizzelle makers make different sized cookies, so determine the diameter of the cookie and measure the dimensions of the box before shopping for any container to use to place them in. If you do not do this, then you could potentially end up with boxes that are just a little small for your cookies.
Cookie tins work great for when you need to have them well protected. This is excellent for when you are shipping cookies or where a tray or cardboard box could possibly be crushed while being carried. Old cookie tins can be reused, or you can generally find them sold at discount stores. As with the cardboard containers, be absolutely certain that you know the size of the cookies to ensure they will fit into the tins.
When packaging pizzelle for sending, regardless of which kind of container that you make use of, take care to not overcrowd the desserts. Doing so presents a greater risk of breakage. And if you are mailing the cookies or taking them in a container that is a little too big, protect the breakable cookies by filling the empty spaces with clean crumpled paper towels.