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Help! I need cookie/bar recipes with a large yield!

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a good friend is getting married and asked me to help with her engagement party. The plan is to serve drinks and dessert, much f what she wZns me to make. Problem is, I'm going to be out of town until 6 days before the party. That means some do-ahead. It also means getting the most out of the recipes I use. By way, she's also expecting around FIFTY people! Does anyone have any recipes that will yield a big bang for my buck? I'm thinking slice and bake cookies, bars, brownies...any suggestions?

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  1. Google Man-Catcher Brownies. Easy, the recipe makes a ton, rich so you can cut small, and astonishingly popular.

    1. Links to USDA School Cafeteria Recipes - in 50 and 100 servings quanties

      USDA Recipes for Schools Alphabetical by Recipe Name
      http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/Templa...

      USDA Recipes for Schools Numerical Order
      http://www.nfsmi.org/Templates/Templa...

      1. These three make huge quantities and are easy to whip up and freeze well.

        Ina's outrageous brownies, baked in a large sheet pan:

        http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

        Monster cookies (I don't care for the M&M's and use chocolate chips but people seem to love the M&Ms):

        http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2010/06...

        The fake Mrs Fields/Neiman Marcus chocolate chip cookies:

        http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/food...

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        1. re: chowser

          Thank you so much, guys, for the great suggestions! Definitely going to make some of these. I also have a stack of boxes of mini phyllo tartlet shells that I may just fill with some lemon curd and pipe on some whipped topping. Those are yummy.

          1. re: Miri1

            Oh, I was going to suggest that exact thing except I thought it might be too much work for you. May I suggest instead of the whipped cream, making a thick-ish blueberry sauce and dropping a spoonful over the curd. I think blueberries and lemon go so well together. Fresh blueberries would beg for a glaze, but this way you gave fruit and glaze in one dollop.

        2. I just did this for my nephew's wedding. I baked about 32 dozen cookies of 4 types on Thurs night and Friday morning. I made glazed lemon cookies, rosemary walnut shortbread, brownie bites and apricot foldovers.

          The first two are refrigerator cookies so I made them the week before. I sliced and baked the lemon ones on Thursday night and glazed them before going to bed. The brownie bites I made Thursday night and glazed Friday morning. I baked the rosemary walnut on Friday morning since they weren't glazed just rolled in turbinado sugar.

          For apricot foldover I made the dough and filling a couple of weeks before and the weekend before I rolled the dough, filled the cookies and froze them on sheet pans. When they were frozen I put them in a plastic bag. Friday morning I just put them on the baking sheet and popped them in the oven.

          1. Spritz cookies. My recipe makes 6 dozen using half the recipe. Also, the dough is easily coloured and the press makes so many shapes. When I need a lot I avoid bar cookies because you don't get that many out of a pan. Lemon poppyseed cookies make about 6 or 7 dozen too.

            1. Chocolate truffles would be a hit and can be made well in advance. 3 lbs of chocolate would make enough ganache for about 12 dozen truffles (48 per pound). Assuming you can't get your hands on a tempering machine, you could roll them in any number of coatings like coconut, cocoa powder and chopped nuts. You could even do 2 or 3 different ganaches.

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              1. re: Hank Hanover

                Ina Garten's outrageous brownies. Makes a half sheet pan full.

              2. Magic cookie bars are great and so easy to make.

                I used to make fruity pebbles cookies that were really simple to make. Involved a yellow cake mix.

                Raspberry jam bars. I've multiplied the recipe to make a half sheet pan.

                Rice krispie treats are nice as a party favor. Everyone loves them and so simple and cheap.

                1. I'm normally pretty lazy when it comes to baking cookies, and I have determined that the basic Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe turns out just fine when baked in a 9x13 pan. So that's another option for chocolate chip cookies...

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                  1. re: truman

                    You guys are coming up with great ideas! Thank you all so much!

                    1. re: truman

                      The cookie dough also works for mii toll house pies

                      1. re: cheesecake17

                        I like the Tollhouse pie recipe, with or without a crust. It comes together even faster than the cookie dough and is great in muffin cups.

                        1. re: chowser

                          There's a real recipe for toll house pie?! I've always used choc chip cookie dough in a piecrust.

                          1. re: cheesecake17

                            It was one of those recipes I always saw but never made because it didn't seem like much. One day, my kids wanted something fast and easy and I happened to have a pie crust so I put it together. It's so easy and I think better than the cookie dough because it's softer. My daughter makes it all the time now for friends birthdays w/out the crust--it looks like a giant chocolate chip cookie.

                            http://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes...