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Sep 20, 2010 12:54 PM

Need Elegant but easy to make Desserts for Gift

I need some elegant but easy to make dessert recipes as I want to give away some desserts to someone as a favor. The problem is I don't know them at all and what they like.

I need something that can be unrefrigerated for a day or two.

I was thinking cupcakes and maybe some apple/cinnamon tarts, but I'm not sure. I really want to make sure these desserts have an interesting twist on them and that they look professional and beautiful.

When I say "easy to make", I just don't want it to be super complicated but I don't want it to be "from a mix" either as taste is first and foremost!

Any suggestions? Thanks so much in advance!

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  1. I've suggested this before. A bouquet of cake lollipops. They are very impressive. They look a lot harder than they are. They are still rare enough that most people have never even heard of them much less eaten them. They will hold for a few days.

    Here are links with more info on cake lollipops:

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    1. re: Hank Hanover

      Another idea would be biscotti. It's easy and impressive and lasts. another advantage is he/she doesn't have to take it home but can keep it at the office and not share with anyone!

      1. re: Hank Hanover

        I've come across these before but omg they are the CUTEST things, I'm going to try to make some from scratch since I don't use cake mixes. Great inspiration and ideas.

        1. re: BamiaWruz

          I made them from scratch. They're cute but way too sweet to me, though kids loved them.

      2. Mexican Wedding Cookies. I don't have my recipe handy, but this is a similar one:

        They're as easy as can be, keep well, look pretty, and people love them!

        1. Pecan tassies, but I make them with macadamia nuts. They have a shortbread crust and gooey nut mixture inside. Mini tarts. They were one of the first things that I ever learned to bake at 18. They always come out yummy and keep for a long time. This is close to the recipe I use.

          1. Along what you were thinking, what about cream cheese apple tarts? With apples arranges in a circle, it makes a pretty presentation. I posted it in this thread.


            It's also really good w/ pears, lemon curd, or chocolate ganache on top instead.