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Can I get some suggestions for sweets that would pack well and are easy to prep for a picnic for 20 people?

I thought of making cookies but it's been suggested that squares would be easier?

Your thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. I suggest Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread a lot, but just take a few loaves... One recipe makes two loaves instead of one bundt.

    Seven Layer bars are always a great hit.

    You could prefer things that don't have gooey toppings or jams because they either melt, or stick together, or get crushed (even though I love cream cheese topped brownies).

    Rice crispy treats

    Buckeyes

    Chow Mein Clusters

    All these easy to do and move well.

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    1. re: Emme

      I'm not familiar with Seven Layer bars. What are they?

      1. re: Zengarden

        an unbaked bar cookie with ascending layers of :
        crushed graham crackers
        melted butter
        chocolate chips
        coconut
        chopped walnuts or pecans
        sweetened condensed milk....
        what's missing? my memory's not too good on this one....we used to assemble them in the college dorm and called them Magic Cookie Bars. Chilled in the fridge and cut into bars.

        1. re: toodie jane

          Missing the butterscotch chips.

          Nanaimo bars would be another good call... http://www.joyofbaking.com/NanaimoBar...

          1. re: toodie jane

            Aren't Seven Layer bars baked? I've always baked mine and according to the recipe on Eagle Brand's website, they are baked at 350 for 25 minutes.

            1. re: GSDlove

              your'e right, of course they are how else would the chocolate melt? d'oh!

            2. re: toodie jane

              My friends & I call these "Little Sugar Coma Cookies"

        2. Brownies, lemon bars, and if you have a crowd that won't double dip you could set out a big bowl of strawberries, one of sour cream and another of brown sugar and let folks dip and eat. Delicious and refreshing.

          But man, I do love it when someone makes Seven Layer bars as Emme suggested.

          1. I always like blondies too - especially if you under bake them just so slightly so they turn out chewy.
            My favorite recipe as paraphrased from "Fearless Baking" by Eleanor Klivans

            1 stick (1/2 c.) unsalted butter, melted
            1 1/2 c. brown sugar
            2 eggs
            2 t. vanilla
            1 3/4 c. flour
            1 t. baking powder
            1/2 t. salt
            9 oz. chocolate chips

            Stir together melted butter and brown sugar, then stir in eggs and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt in small bowl, then add to wet ingredients. Mix, then add chocolate chips. Spread dough in 9x9 pan, bake at 325 for 35 minutes. I usually check after 30 minutes and if they look like I could even consider them done, take them out.

            1. You really can't go wrong with brownies. Add cinnamon chips or red-hots for an interesting twist.

              You could do cupcakes - just use a streusel topping instead of frosting (which would melt or smudge).

              If you want to jazz up some cookies, make cookie sandwiches with Nutella or marshmallow fluff. Just don't use too much filling or it'll make a mess in the cooler.

              1. I love pies and cobblers for picnics, and I have a picnic basket that has a "shelf" that the pie dish fits underneath. So you pack the rest of your goodies on top and the shelf protects the pie or cobbler. ... Sweet!

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                1. re: ChefJune

                  I took Nigella's mini pavlovas from her Domestic Goddess cookbook to a party. It's a little bit of assembly, but I just took the pavlovas in one container, whipped cream in another, berries in a third, and a shaker of powdered sugar. Then I assembled them on site and they were a huge hit.

                2. Brownies. Have you ever seen The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Gartner, bake brownies in a large jelly roll pan, if I recall, she was making them for a picnic at the beach. I think this link may get you to the recipe, although I am not too good at this.
                  www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/reci...