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AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 27, 2012 01:52 PM

My nephew and his fiancee asked me to bake some cookies for their wedding at the end of April. They also asked my BIL to bake cheesecakes so my cookies won't be the only dessert items for 125-150 people. I have several issues. First it is a very busy time at work. Second is that I have to transport the cookies from MA to NY in a crowded Caravan.

Some of my ideas were a biscotti, lemon refrigerator cookie, brownies with chocolate ganache. I think I need two more kinds of cookies. Any ideas? TIA

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  1. Tehama RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 27, 2012 02:05 PM

    It is almost hard to not love a classic. I adore the "$250 Neiman Marcus Cookie" recipe: http://www.food.com/recipe/neiman-mar... (http://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/02/gar...

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    I know you're busy with work, and Lord knows this could take some time if you wanted to go all out, but Alton Brown's sugar cookies are delicious: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/al... I think you could decorate with some elegant, simple dusting sugars and not worry about painstakingly decorating each and every one. They would travel very well with the Royal Icing (that hardens so beautifully!)

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      wonderwoman RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 27, 2012 02:26 PM

      if you'll have access to a kitchen, you could bring rolls of this chocolate shortbread dough, then cut and bake.

      chocolate shortbread

      4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
      1/3 cup dark brown sugar
      1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
      2 teaspoons vanilla
      1 tablespoon espresso powder
      1 cup flour
      1/3 cup cocoa
      pinch salt

      Mix dry ingredients together and set aside. Cream butter, add sugar and mix until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and melted chocolate. Add flour mixture and mix until smooth. Form into a log. Wrap and refrigerate or freeze. Cut into ΒΌ-inch slices, place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake in pre-heated 350-degree oven for 7 minutes. Cool and store in air-tight container.

      1. hotoynoodle RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 27, 2012 02:33 PM

        most cookies and brownies freeze well. you can make batches over the next few weekends and then just pack them up for your trip.

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          dianne0712 RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 28, 2012 07:08 AM

          walnut shortbreads - they actually taste better the more they age so it's actually best to do them 3 weeks ahead of time. I use these at Christmas for this very reason.

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            katecm RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 28, 2012 09:47 AM

            I think your ideas are lovely. Perhaps swap out the biscotti for the walnut shortbread idea, which is a bit more desserty, and you have a chocolate, a nut, and a citrus. I think that;s perfect, and it's PLENTY.

            1. chowser RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 28, 2012 01:09 PM

              I think three is plenty, too but if you want more, what about alfajores? They're pretty and easy to pack. I don't know if you've though this far but you can make the brownies in mini muffin cups (there are pretty decorative ones) to make the transport easier. For another cookie that would transport well, how about Dorie Greenspan's world peace cookies? They're chocolate but I like to substitute flour for the cocoa.

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                AGM_Cape_Cod RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Mar 30, 2012 06:22 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. I won't have either a kitchen or time to bake cookies the weekend of the wedding so will have to do all by the day before the wedding. I like the idea of baking the brownies in mini-muffin cups. Frosted with a chocolate ganache and decorated they will look really nice.

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