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  1. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I'm making several small serving desserts for our Christmas' on Friday and Saturday. I want to start making them today through Wednesday. I've never done this before and have never been good on how to store things to make them last that long. Any suggestions on the following desserts of when I can make them and how to store them until Friday (fridge, freezer or counter)?

    P Puffs (cream puffs can never remember the name)
    Spritz Cookies
    Oreo Truffles
    Pretzels dipped in almond bark
    Peppermint cookie bites (Lefty's recipe that he made from the cookie recipe)
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Kisses (on CC, literally just bits of cookie dough in the MMP with kisses pushed in the top)
    Corn Flake Wreaths

    I feel like I'm missing one but my list is at home. Thanks in advance for the advice!
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  2. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Those are all desserts that can be made ahead.

    The Profiterole Puffs (;)) store very well in the freezer - just take them out 1/2 hour before serving them!

    The rest can be stored on the counter...except the Oreo Truffles - I'd store those someplace cool.
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  3. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    What kind of containers do you have to work with? I usually use tupperware or metal tins. A year or so ago I bought a bunch of plastic decorative containers to store my cookies in. Ziplock bags work for some things. Others still dry out. I like to layer cookies in my tins with waxed paper. It just helps to keep them from sticking to each other, plus I swear it must help trap in the moisture and help keep things from drying out. Maybe I'm just imagining it, though. :)

    I would imagine that you can make the puffs ahead and bag them up and freeze them.

    The dipped pretzels would be fine made today and stored on your counter. They keep for a while. Are the oreo truffles the oreos dipped in chocolate? If so, they could be made today and be fine.

    I think I'd make the chocolate chip cookies and peppermint cookie bites on Wednesday. Tomorrow I'd do the corn flake wreaths. Store those on the counter. Definitely use waxed paper between layers...those can get sticky.

    The spritz cookies I think you could make tomorrow and they'd be okay. If you could wait till Wednesday, I would.

    I wonder what everyone else thinks? That's how I'd do it for me, though. But I'm not a certified expert. :D
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  4. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

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    You said you found the Chocolate Chip Cookie Kisses on CC...mind sharing where? I tried to search and couldn't find it. (pretty sure it's a no brainer, but would like to have bake time and temp)
    TIA!

    My advice is to make the truffles and cream puffs first and freeze them. The pretzels will fine in a tupperware container til Fri. (and the spritz cookies really would be too...we have some from about a week ago that are still yummy!)
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  5. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I was going to use ziploc containers but debated on if I should buy tins at Hobby Lobby while they were on sale.

    I did a recipe search and searched for cookie dough. It brought up one I think was called Chocolate Chip Cookie Kisses or something like that. I can double check when I get home. Someone made them at our cluster meeting and they were the best things ever.

    Thanks for all the advice.
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  6. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Sort of a little bummed right now, we are expecting really bad weather at the end of this week! Not sure what to do now.
     
    Dec 21, 2009
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  7. ChefPaulaB

    ChefPaulaB Veteran Member

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    Here you go, these are a no-brainer but they are really good, as long as you don't over bake them!

    Mini Muffin Pan Cookie Kisses


    Use 1 package refrigerated section premade chocolate chip cookie dough and Hershey Kisses.

    Cut the dough into 9 circles and each circle into quarters.

    Place 1 quarter in each mini muffin cup and press down with floured mini tart shaper.

    Put Kiss in each and bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes.
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  8. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    Use the refrigerated peanut butter cookie dough, and put a Reeses PB cup in the middle of each one, for a really yummy variation! (If you buy the pre-shaped cookies, just cut them in half, and use a half piece for each muffin cup)
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  9. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    It says a 20 oz of cookie dough but they don't have that. They have 16 or 30. So I bought the 30 and will be making more.

    By the way the weather has changed to a lot of rain so I'm now excited again!
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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  10. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    Just made two batches of oreo truffles, two batches of cream puffs, dipped pretzels and cookie kisses. Round 2 tomorrow!
     
    Dec 22, 2009
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