Three Trays and a Cookie

Posted on: November 1st, 2014 by jfdadmin No Comments

‘Tis that time again. With Halloween just behind us, the holiday season is about to kick into high gear! Given that the shopping season kicks off earlier every year, we wanted to give your one of our tried-and-true favorite tips for any adult.  We have found that when we pair one of our luxury trays with some homemade goodies, it’s everyone’s favorite gift.

The Big Tray’s generous size is perfect for transporting a main dish. (20x14x2″)

Square Tray – Cheese and crackers, anyone? Or basically any appetizer sits wonderfully on this Square Tray (14x14x2″)

Cocktail Tray – Not just for Cocktails! What a delightful size (17x17x1″) for your homemade cookies!

Here’s one of our recent favorites:

Cocoa Thumbprints

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/2 cup for rolling
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Sprinkles, mini marshmallows, mini candies or dried fruit, for filling
Whisk the flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and eggs and stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm, about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Place the confectioners’ sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in 2 separate small bowls. Roll scant tablespoonfuls of dough into balls; roll in the granulated sugar and then in the confectioners’ sugar. Place 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Lightly flatten each ball with your fingers and make a deep 1/2-inch-wide indentation in the centers with your thumb. Place your choice of filling in the indentation. Bake the cookies until puffed and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Photograph by Steve Giralt , Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

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See you in December! Love and lacquer,

J. Fleet Designs


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