Linda, a reader and real-life recipe user, made my cheesecake-stuffed Golden Girls Cookies and loved them. But she had a question about shipping these safely, as they have a cream cheese-based center:
I love these, and so did everyone at work! I'm always looking for good cookies to send to my son in college. Can these be mailed, or do they need to be refrigerated?
Thanks for writing in, Linda. The Food Safety and Inspection Service, a department within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, states that cream cheese (and, by extension, cream cheese-filled products) should be shipped refrigerated and kept cold. Check out the mail order food safety chart (cream cheese is about halfway down).
In addition, FoodSafety.gov's info for food safety during power outages states that you should discard any cheesecake that has been above 40º F for more than four hours. I'd say those conditions would would apply to cookies en route to your son.
So, for safety's sake, I don't think you should ship these guys. Here's an idea: You should talk these cookies up to your son so that he has no choice but to come home in order to try them!