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Create A Holiday Cookie Tray
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What could be more enticing than a beautiful tray of homemade cookies? Whether you are arranging one for a party or as a gift, design a memorable display by following these simple tips:

  • Start with a pretty platter or tray. Although platters and trays with rims will work, a flat surface works best for arranging. Look through your cabinets for inspiration; use a silver service tray from your grandmother, a framed mirror, the large Thanksgiving platter or a cake pedestal.
  • Line the tray or platter with colorful paper or doilies.
  • Choose a variety of cookies. Be sure to include different flavors, shapes, colors and textures.
  • Cut bars evenly for best appearance.
  • Select cookies with assorted toppings, such as powdered sugar, drizzle, nuts or colorful decorator sugar.
  • Consider the crowd: Will there be kids? Include sweets that would satisfy them. Is it a more formal occasion? For casual gatherings, include a mix of classics and new delights.
  • Place small pieces of bar cookies, small cookies or candies in decorative miniature cupcake or candy liners.
  • Vary the height and stack some cookies, or use a tiered plate for extra visual interest.
  • Include a small dish with candied nuts or other bite-size candies if space allows. Choose an interesting bowl with a great color or unusual shape.
  • If giving the tray as a hostess gift, cover it using seasonal printed or colored plastic wrap. Use enough wrap so that it may be gathered in the center and tied with a bow.
  • Assemble the tray just before serving so the cookies are fresh.

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