Chocolate Hazelnut Whoopie Pies

5 Tips to Conquer Your Holiday Baking Challenges

October 31, 2013 – With Thanksgiving, holiday parties and (dare we say it) Christmas right around the corner, chances are, you’ll be baking. Baking for others can be a little tricky: What do you make to please picky palates? How are you going to transport the goods? Worry not. We’ll help you perfect the holiday dessert with these 5 tips from ALDI food stylist Janice Stahl.

Convenience is a piece of cake. First, try to make items that travel easily, are freezer-friendly and won’t melt if left sitting out. Think: unique cookies.

Recipe to try: S’mores Brownie Cookie

S'mores Brownie Cookies

Label it. Ensure guests know what you made with a label. We love using chalkboard labels – they are easy to put on glasses, cake stands and containers and they look homemade but sophisticated.

No kneading needed. Bread mixes make great quick desserts. Small loaves of banana breads, as well as seasonal favorites like cranberry or pumpkin are often crowd pleasers. Wrap homemade breads in clear plastic wrap and tie with a bow and label.

Take it up a notch. Don’t just make cupcakes – make whoopie pies. They look fun and special, and most people mistakenly think they are hard to make (they’re not.). ALDI even sells whoopie pie mix during the holiday season!

Recipe to try: Chocolate Hazelnut Whoopie Pies

Chocolate Hazelnut Whoopie Pies

Spruce up familiar favorites. Brownies might seem too easy, but people always eat them up. To make them look extra special, cut them in different shapes, like triangles or circles, and dust with powdered sugar. Or try adding in layers of flavor like cream cheese or chocolate chips.

Recipe to try: Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Go for a variety. Why not do a beautiful cookie tray? Bake an assortment of homemade cookies and brownies, plate up on a tray, cover with cellophane and tie the ends with bows. This is SURE to earn you “brownie points” with guests!

Do you have any tricks of the trade for holiday baking? Share in the comments.