This Friday I am participating in an event where I will get to sell my baked goods! I am so excited! I started baking today and am going to try and make as many of my treats as close to the event day as possible to ensure maximum freshness! There are a couple of things I know will be fine frozen/refrigerated until Friday bur other things, like mini pumpkin pies, I'm going to make the day before.
I went to Meijer to get gift bags and other cute packaging for my treats, and Meijer had, surprisingly, a great selection! I got stickers, cute little boxes, bags and plate kits (which I'm not sure how I'm going to use yet). While I love baking, I think my favorite part is packaging everything up. I tried to choose packaging that was religion-neutral, since not everyone celebrates Christmas.
The first things I baked were my brownie cookies and my chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons. The cookies will freeze great until Friday and the macaroons will do A-OK in the fridge. I don't want to freeze them because I fear that when they thaw they might lose their crunch and get a little soggy. I'm not sure of this but I don't want to risk it. Soggy macaroons? Yuck.
Participants in the event are required to donate an item of their choice for a silent auction (I forget where the money goes--I want to say something affiliated with kids/local public school system). I assembled a sample platter with brownie cookies, macaroons, chocolate-dipped macaroons, iced pumpkin chai cookies (which I made awhile ago and froze, and I tested one of the thawed cookies last night and they are just as fresh-tasting--freezers are awesome!), lemon sugar cookies and a piece of my pumpkin roll. I might add more stuff to the platter as I continue to bake or I might just leave it as is.
And so, without further ado, here's what I've made so far!! The selection includes THE BEST (if I do say so myself) vegan AND gluten-free caramel corn, chocolate-dipped coconut macaroons, vegan truffle-stuffed Oreo chunk cookies (I set a couple aside to freeze when I made these recently), vegan AND gluten-free Butterfingers (recipe modified from Chocolate-Covered Katie) and vegan brownie cookies. I suppose all the "vegan"s go without saying but I wanted to differentiate between the solely vegan items and the vegan AND gluten-free items.
My unofficial list of items I will be selling at the event are as follows:
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Butterfingers
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Caramel Corn
- Vegan Truffle-Stuffed Oreo Chunk Cookies (probably)
- Vegan Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Roll (maybe)
- Vegan Mini Pumpkin Pies (maybe)
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Fudge
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate-Covered Granola Bombs
- Vegan Chocolate-Dipped Gourmet Pretzels
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate-Peppermint Krispies
Any other ideas????