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May 30, 2007 07:19 AM

Food That Travels....

I'm traveling to a party out of state and was asked to bring a "finger dessert." I'd really like to take a platter of assorted brownies, bar cookies, etc., so I'm looking for recipes for some unusual baked goods that travel well. I'll have to make them on a Thursday for a party on Saturday, so they also have to "sleep" well (as my best friend's aunt used to say about anything that was better a day or two later--always liked the term). Any suggestions?

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  1. Brownies, but you won't have that crispy top anymore. Maybe a ganache covered one? Powdered sugar might get soggy.

    Shortbread cookies

    Cubes of any cake that's been brushed or soaked in liquer. Those get better with time.

    Thin mints .The chocolate coating prevents them from getting stale, but they are time consuming to make. Delicious though! I think the 101 cookbooks blog was where I got my recipe, but I can find my copy on if you want.

    1. Candy's Chocolate Pound Cake gets better with time, imo. Also it's firm enough to make nice bite sized pieces.

      I made Ina Garten's Outrageous Brownies the other day afer reading about them here. We ate some the next day and & froze some thinking we'd have a treat later. Well, we're such oinkers that we couldn't leave them alone & I took them out of the freezer just 2 days later. To me they tasted better then they they had fresh! Weird, but they were still really good so I think they'd hold a few days also.
      Have fun!

      1. How about baklava? It keeps and travels well, as long as you don't juggle the container too much. Many of the other phyllo pastries are also good keepers.

        My personal favorite bar cookies are lemon bars, preferably made with homemade Meyer lemon curd. These would keep well except I can't sleep knowing there's a lemon bar in the house.

        1. Perhaps cookies? Nice crunchy PB cookies or everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cookies (oatmeal, choc chips, nuts, raisins, coconut, etc etc etc)

          Or mini cupcakes

          Or banana bread (my mom makes choc chip applesauce bread & zucchini bread that are delicious)

          1. black walnut pound cake baked in a bundt pan. The flavor of the walnuts really permeates when it has a good sleep.