Hello bakers! So hows, your holiday baking going? Are you done yet? Are you just starting or are you like me still going and going? I cannot get over this holiday baking activity, I just love it! This is the time of the year that I get to bake more cookies than usual, this is the time of the year that I get to share more cookies than ever, and this is the time of the year that I get to stock more cookies in my kitchen, and finally, this is the time of the year that I get more excuse than I already have just to eat more cookies every day. Don’t you just love holidays?
I’m still baking some cookies, but most of my cookies for give away are ready to go. I had given some already, and I still have plenty left for myself and my friends to enjoy. Although I baked small batches so that I get to have more variations, I still have some that are left for future baking. I’m not worried at all, and if you are in the same situation as me, you should relax too because we can freeze it. Remember my post How to Freeze Cookie Dough? That came in handy with all my extra pieces of unbaked and baked cookies. I never had to worry that I am baking too much (which I am actually doing, it’s the holidays!) and so that made me feel relieve that I am not wasting any of it. So, just do it and freeze it. You can never have too much cookie anyway, again, it’s the holidays (always my excuse).
Make it a Cookie Platter
Now, if you don’t feel like freezing it, there is another way for you to showcase it and share it. All those few pieces of baked cookies left after giving all the rest to your friends could go to your holiday cookie platter, believe me, it’s a brilliant idea that you will love and your guest will love too. Not only kids will love this but also adult, who doesn’t like unlimited cookies anyway? A cookie platter field with different cookies is something that people will not pass.
What to put in your cookie platter
Anything, any cookie you like, any cookie your guest will like. The most important thing to remember is to have variations, after all its a platter. You can add as many variations as you like depending on how big the gathering or the group. I would say minimum 3-4 should be a good size for a small gathering since you will still have other desserts, like cakes. Put some swiss roll cakes in the table too, I have 5 Amazing Swiss Roll Cakes. Check them out, they are fantastic and a real crowd pleaser.
Back to the cookies, so we are adding few or many different cookies in one platter. In my cookie platter, I used the Vanilla and Chocolate Pinwheel Cookie, M&M Cookie, Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookie. I was not able to add my Orange Chocolate Cookie , Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Shortbread Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookie because they were gone too fast. I like adding a mix of chocolate and non chocolate cookies in the platter, to give people option. I also like to add something not usual, like the Cream Cheese Stuffed Red Velvet Cookie, and something that appeals to both kids and adults like the M&M Cookie and Chocolate Chip Cookie which are the basic all time favorite of most people. Basically, we just want to have our bases covered.
I wish I could add more cookies in this platter, but I guess I’ll have to try to make a different platter every year. You can play around and add whatever cookies you like, check out my Holiday DIY Edible Gifts post for more cookie ideas for your next cookie platter. These cookies are everyday cookies, so why not make a birthday cookie platter, or Valentines Cookie platter or just any everyday gathering cookie platter. Get together could not be even better with this cookie platter. I love to spoil my friends and guest when I invite them over, so this is one of my way of doing it. All you can eat cookie.
Does it have to be holiday themed?
Cookie platter doesn’t have to be all holiday themed although if you can add some then it will also look nice and pleasing. In my case, I like to stick to everyday cookie and just decorate the plate with something festive or holiday looking. If you noticed all my cookies in the platter are not holiday themed, I prefer it that way and even if that is the case, the cookies still blend in with the holiday gathering. It’s just all about the presentation, a little shiny ornaments and splash of holiday colors like red, green and blue made the trick for me.
Take Home Cookie
Don’t let your friends go home empty-handed, a small or big bag of cookie treats is something that they will not say no to. It’s the season of giving, why not give away cookies to go. You already made plenty of it, so why not share it. You can have the packs mix and match as well, or have one bag for each type of cookie. I like making mine mix and match so that people gets variation, and as I always say variation is good. I say put couple of pieces for each type of cookie, but don’t put too much in each bag even though you are feeling generous. A lot of people will be giving DIY edible gifts as well, and getting too much will make people overwhelmed and will lose interest in eating them. We don’t want our fruits of labor to go to waste, so give a reasonable portion for people to have.
There you go! A cookie platter to end my cookie bonanza for this year. I hope you had fun as much as I did. I cannot wait to do this again next year and for the other occasions to come. Thank You for visiting my website and doing the holiday baking with me. Happy Holidays Bakers!!
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