Advice on cookies for wedding
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
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!)
if you'll have access to a kitchen, you could bring rolls of this chocolate shortbread dough, then cut and bake.
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
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 ¼-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.
most cookies and brownies freeze well. you can make batches over the next few weekends and then just pack them up for your trip.
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.
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.
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.
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.