Thank you so much for all of your prayers and well wishes in regards to my husband’s recent health emergency. In light of this I plan to use a few more shortcuts than usual with my holiday baking and cooking. With the kids coming home soon, we want to have as much together time as possible. I have a few tips to share on how to dress up store bought and semi-homemade baked goods along with ideas on how to present them.
Over the last couple of months, I’ve purchased several mixes for cookies, bread and cake mix to have on hand just in case. I also use these prepackaged mixes as an inspiration to create my own version.
These Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookies taste like the cinnamon treats typically found in food courts. Boy that smell draws you in like a moth to a flame! I’m sure my family would love these fragrant cookies just as they are but I decided to take them a step further. Sometimes my fridge and freezer look like a bakery depository with bits and pieces of sweet treats gone by. Luckily I was able to salvage some chocolate frosting from the freezer to make sandwich cookies.
I used a cookie scoop that holds approximately 1 TBS to make them equal in size. They baked up in 14 minutes and after cooling I piped the frosting on the flat side of one cookie and then topped it with another. Talk about a nice hefty dose of chocolate and cinnamon goodness! If you don’t have a frosting bag and tip you can just spread a teaspoon or so on the flat side of one cookie with a small spatula or the back of a spoon.
Before Thanksgiving while shopping at Target I found this white cake stand in the dollar bin. Actually is was $3.00 and I bought two of them. You know I never met a cake stand that I didn’t like. For a festive presentation sit your cake stand or serving plate on a sheet of holiday scrapbook paper and add a few festive napkins and you’re good to go.
What goes with cookies? Milk of course! When I got serious about dessert tables these milk bottles were a bit pricey. My alternative was to buy a 4-pk of Frappuccinos from the grocery store. I got some nice drinks and the bottles for a reasonable price. Nowadays, they are available at all of the craft stores and even at some dollar stores along with the fancy smancy straws. It doesn’t take lots of time or money to put together a nice presentation. Have fun with it! Do you have any shortcuts or presentation tips that you’ve used or just heard of? Spill the beans please I’d love to know!
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