5 Tips for an easy Holiday Platter
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for so many, but it can be stressful getting all those Holiday treat plates delivered. You know the ones I am talking about…. The Martha Stewart looking plates that show up at your door with family caroling all in matching outfits! You know what I am talking about! Then you feel the need to reciprocate and send a platter their way as well. The struggle is real folks!
My family is more like.. “Do we have to go? Who is getting out of the car this time? Why are we even doing this”. And yes we are all generally in sweatpants.
I am the only baker/cook in my family, it just comes easy to me. That being said I know a few people that does not ring true for. I have amazing sisters two of them are accountants and one is a lawyer and they are mega talented at what they do but don’t ask them to bake a cookie for you, it isn’t pretty. Hey there is no shame in living in reality, trust me they won’t be offended. They are busy women who value their free time and like most of us don’t want to spend it in front of an oven all Christmas season.
I wanted to share a few tips to make giving those Holiday platters a little easier if that is your bag.
Costco is your friend! Costco has a variety of cookie tins that you can give, or you can take a few cookies from the different tins and put them on a plate. They are inexpensive and make great gifts. The cookies are also fantastic! We like the holiday butter cookies and the European Chocolate Cookie Variety Tin.
Pre-made cookies are great and fancy, but you might want to add a little homemade flair to your platter.
These Cake Mix Cookies are easy and they taste delicious. I am all about scratch baking but sometimes you need a quick and easy solution, or you just need something that is guaranteed to work. These cookies can look as festive as you want them as well.
Cake Mix Holiday Cookies
1 box cake mix (pick your favorite, you can even get the gluten-free kind for your Celiac friends like my mom)
1/2 C. Butter (softened)
2 large Eggs
2 TBSP of Flour (I use coconut flour for my gluten-free cookies )
2 cups of chocolate chips, or green and white m&m’s or 1 cup of holiday sprinkles, go crazy here! ***
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Combine the cake mix eggs, butter, and flour all together and mix for about 2-3 minutes on a low speed. Make sure everything is mixed well and scrape the bowl.. don’t forget the bottom.
Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture and place it on a cookie sheet covered with some parchment paper, place the cookies about 2” apart
Bake them 8-10 minutes
After about 5 minutes of cooling on the pan, place them on a cooling rack
***Just a note you can really get creative with these cookies, place dried cherries or cranberries, crushed up candy canes, the sky is the limit with the addition at the end.
Skip the sweets all together. Some people get so much sugar during the holidays they are longing for a break from it. Make up a great veggie plate, or a fruit plate with some dip. Maybe even a bag of chips and salsa with a bow on the bag! Get creative and think what might be a good break from all the cookies.
1 container of Greek Yogurt (17.6 oz)
1 packet of dry dressing mix, think Lipton Onion Soup mix, Hidden Valley Ranch has a bunch of dip packets.
Mix together and place in a container for transport.
I had this dip once many years ago, it’s not my recipe but I scored it off a woman at a church function over 15 years ago and I love it!
2 TBSP of frozen OJ from concentrate
1 block of cream cheese
1 small tub of Marshmallow fluff
Beat this together for a few minutes until it is all combined and spoon out into mini mason jars for transport.
Baking doesn’t always mean getting out your mixer and making a mess you can make something simple and still put some wow on that plate.
1 bag of mini pretzels
1 bag of rolls
1 bag of whole pecans
On a baking sheet layout pretzels flat
Place a Rolo on top of each pretzel
Bake at 350 for 3 to 5 minutes (you just want the caramel soft)
Remove the pan from the oven and press in a pecan.
Let them cool and then serve.
The best Holiday “platter” I ever got didn’t even have food on it. It was a metal serving tin filled with paper plates, napkins, and cups it was wrapped up in some clear cellophane with a cute bow. It was a night off dishes package and trust me I used that on Christmas Eve. It was a reminder that the holidays don’t have to be stressful and how we should focus on being with cherished friends and family. If you really want to make it easy just pick up one of our Sugar Bread pre-made cookie kits and you can even hand that out as well.
Now get out there and give some joy dammit!!