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Nov 16, 2010 04:30 AM

Baked goods for work

Hi everyone!

I want to bake for some people I work with. I am interested in making something individual, so that I can package it up for each person and not have to bring in a big platter of food. My co-workers have very simple taste; I have made whoopie pies, cookies, muffins, brownies etc. in the past. WHile I want the flavors to be simple (chocolate, lemon etc.) I want them to be delicious ( not boxed equivalent). For the holidays, I am definitely looking for something a little more impressive/ has that "wow" factor!

I was thinking about making the chocolate chocolate chip loaf cafe from the new Baked Explorations book. Does anyone know if this is a good recipe?

If not, do you by any chance have other ideas for individual baked goods that will have a "wow" factor?


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  1. A chocolate chip loaf cake sounds lovely and you can bake off indiv servings using a mini muffin pan; just adjust your bake time. I use this one: as a mini muffin you could fill the chocolate inside the muffin for a gooey center.

    There are mini nutella brownie recipes

    and mini pecan pie muffin recipes,

    that also utilize a mini muffin tin, that are super easy and pack a nice rich flavor.

    I'm sure you'll rec' plenty of CH ideas today and do check out this post for a broad range of suggestions:

    1. not sure on that recipe (havent ever tried it) but what about individual tarts or pies? that would have a big wow factor i think.

      if you're not totally set on baked goods, truffles or fudge is always a good idea for holidays at work, because you can make them really festive and seasonal, as well as very attractive!

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      1. re: mattstolz

        or you could mix up a healthy bag of dried fruits & nuts. I always enjoy rec'ing that because I'll use it to bake with. But it's a nice office snack to have in your desk too!

      2. If you are looking for something "original with wow factor," you might get outside of the baking box and try confections. This year, I'm making Turkish delights for my "small gifts" - you can use orange extract, instead of rose water ... and it should be approachable for people, even with simple tastes.

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        1. re: GlobalTable

          Oh GlobalT, those look lovely! I love Turkish delights too.

          1. re: HillJ

            Thank you Hill :) I had to make them a few times to figure out the best technique.

            1. re: GlobalTable

              Do share, what is the best technique?

        2. how bout frosted cake pops?? i always think those are fun, and theyre kinda unique!

          orrrrrr i think people are always super impressed when you home-make things that you never think of doing anything except for buying:

          like donuts.

          Or big soft pretzels or pretzel sticks.... could cover them in chocolate... mmmm

          those are just one of those things that when you think of getting them, you always assume they were bought, never made at home!

          1. How about chocolate dipped apricots or white chocolate dipped pretzels or a combination of the two? I like to give bags of spiced pecans to friends at the holidays. They're always a hit and very addictive. I also make molasses ginger cookies dipped in coarse sugar and package them in festive containers. Adding some crystallized ginger to the batter gives these cookies some extra pizzazz.