When you’re miles from home, nothing is sweeter than a care package filled with homemade goodies. We rounded up our favorite recipes for sleep away campers who might be craving a little homemade comfort this summer. Most camps have restrictions about what you can and can’t send, so we included gluten- and nut-free ideas too. Just be sure to brush up on your camp’s rules before you pull out your mixing bowl.
COOKIES & BARS
Hello Dolly Bars
Also known as Seven-Layer Bars, these old-fashioned cookies are quick to make and sturdy enough to ship. Place a sheet of aluminum foil or wax paper between each row of bars to make sure they don’t stick together.
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Mississippi Mud Bars
What’s better than a brownie? A brownie filled with marshmallows and pecans. The recipe includes a layer of rich chocolate frosting, but you can leave it off if you’re concerned about shipping.
Spice up your standard oatmeal cookie with buttery toffee bits. Feel free to swap out the pecans for dried cranberries if your child is in a nut-free camp.
GRAB & GO SNACKS
Cranberry Almond Granola Bars
Made with just six ingredients, these hearty bars will keep your kids fueled throughout the day.
Easy Snack Mix
Please sweet and savory snackers with this fun mix of candy-coated chocolate, honey-roasted peanuts, cheddar crackers, pretzels, and rice cereal.
Graham Nut Clusters
These salty-sweet clusters of cereal, nuts, pretzels, and chocolate candy are hard to resist. (You might want to make an extra batch for yourself.)
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are so soft and tender, you’d never guess that they contain no flour. Made with six pantry staples and just one bowl, they are as easy to whip up as they are to eat.
Gluten-Free Banana Bread
If you’re a fan of gluten-free flours, try this tender, moist cake made with brown rice and sorghum flours and plenty of bananas. Omit the chopped dates to make it more kid-friendly.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
You can never go wrong with this classic.
Chunky Chocolate Gobs
Surprise your most die-hard chocolate fan (and their bunk mates) with these over-the-top cookies filled with chunks of candy bars, chocolate sandwich cookies, and chocolate chips.
Four Smart Shipping Tips
1. Pack ‘Em In
Whether you’re shipping your cookies in a tin or a plastic container, make sure to pack them in tightly so they don’t have room to shift around and break. This might mean making a double batch of cookies, but no one ever complained about that.
2. Use Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil
When wrapping quick breads, brownies, or other goodies, use heavy-duty aluminum foil to keep everything intact. If you don’t have heavy-duty foil, do two layers of regular foil.
3. Seal In a Plastic Bag
Add an extra barrier of protection by placing foil-wrapped treats inside a ziplock plastic bag.
4. Label It
To be extra safe, add a note or a label to whatever you’ve made (including ingredients) so your kids know exactly what they are sharing with their friends.