I need to contribute a dessert for a silent auction this weekend, but I'm stumped. I want it to be dazzling -- and chocolate would be nice. Packaging ideas also would be appreciated.
I like to make chocolate chip cookies with a TON of different kinds of chocolate chips - special dark, milk, white, and semisweet. I buy decorated cellophane bags at a party or card store and put six cookies in each. Tie with the twisties that come with the bags, but attach a copy of the recipe using the tie. Be sure to name the recipe something memorable - like 'World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Really!'.
Here's my chocolate chip cookie recipe. It's the world's best chocolate chip cookie. Really!
1 cup butter /
Vanilla chips (12 oz) /
I'm hoping my edit will help the formatting of the recipe.
The first recipe I thought of is my "infamous" Sour Cream Coffee Cake. You could pre-slice it and arrange it nicely on a plate to show off the swirl in the middle, or leave it alone and drizzle it with frosting.
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon each almond, lemon and vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup (8 ounces) sour creamFilling:
1/3 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamonGlaze:
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons milk
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream.
Spread half of the batter in a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Make a well in the center of the batter. Combine filling ingredients; sprinkle into well. Carefully cover with remaining batter.
Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Combine glaze ingredients; drizzle over warm cake. Yield: 16 servings.
This isn't a recipe, but I've found that giving your dessert a really neat and descriptive name goes a long way. The name should make a person just want to grab it and cram it in his/her mouth:)
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