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May 13, 2010 10:10 PM

Desserts for my sister's wedding.. 100 more guests than I had thought!

When she got engaged and we talked about her wedding, I offered to make gift bags of madeleines and chocolate dipped almonds. This was when she was talking about 30 or so people.

Well, it turns out she has invited about 200.

I can't renege because not only did I give my word but she's my sister. The trouble is, I am limited to an apartment kitchen (one stove) at my house and then her house up in VT and I have no idea what she has. I don't want to bother her with baking/asking her where things are/getting upset because she doesn't have what I need.

I think I can change up what I'm making but it has to be something I can easily pack up in little bags and something I can make before/bake on Thursday (wedding on Saturday).

The wedding is two states away. I can go up with dough/batter.

I'm not responsible for the wedding cake as that is taken care of but I'm providing the desserts people will actually eat (who eats the fondant?).

What can I do? What would you make? It needs to be something I can pack up into "goodie bags" and send off. All I can think of are the nuts and that's not enough. What sustainable cookies would do?

She really wants madeleines. UGH!

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  1. have you tried freezing your madeleines? I wouldn't do anything that I couldn't make in advance and freeze. Then you can get started a month or so in advance, and make triple batch whenever you can, and pop them in the freezer. So, I'd do madeleines and a chocolate cookie, not a chocolat edipped medeleine. this is very kind of you!

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    1. re: milklady

      I've never frozen madeleines. Do you have any experience with this?

      I can certainly try it this weekend to see how the texture changes if it does at all.

      Thanks for your response!

    2. Is the idea that the desserts will be set out on a buffet table for dessert after dinner, and then wrapped up for people as they leave? Or are you talking about two separate things..dessert AND goodie bags?

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      1. re: danna

        From what I understand as she's clarified things just a little for me overnight, she now has a caterer for the wedding itself and wants me to prepare for the party the night before. PHEW. This means it can be more casual AND there should only (yeah, *only*) 80 people there.

        So, 80 people at rehearsal party.

      2. We served brownies in lieu of wedding cake at our wedding and the guests loved it. Not least because it was unexpected. Everybody loves brownies. I'm pretty sure they can be frozen, certainly moist enough they won't dry out. I've never done it myself though, just a thought.