It’s a week away from Christmas, and if you’re like me, you’re scrambling to get last minute gifts shipped to your house. Because nobody wants to go to the maul mall this close to December 25th. You have a party to go to tomorrow, but haven’t had time to make a proper hostess gift or to do regular holiday baking. What do you do?
You cheat. That’s what you do.
Take something store bought and spruce it up well enough to pass off as homemade. Then sit back and enjoy while everyone raves about how delicious your cookies are.
What if I told you the platter in the picture above only took about 40 minutes to make from start to finish? …and it only took that long because I mixed peanut butter icing by hand.
You can use any For this platter, I used Biscoff cookies, Lorna Doone shortbread and a small pack of pre-made double chocolate cookies. If your local grocery has a good selection of fresh cookies, look for unadorned sugar cookies or macaroons. If I could have found one, I would have used one of the assortment packs of shortbread cookies in order to have more variety in shape and size.
The easiest thing to do is just melt some chocolate chips in the microwave (15 to 30 second intervals, stirring in between to avoid scorching) and then just swipe the chocolate over the top of the cookie with the back of a spoon. Sprinkles are always a welcome addition.
If you want to get fancy, use a fork to drizzle the chocolate on top instead.
I’ve also been going a little crazy with that basic powdered sugar icing recipe used in the cut-out sugar cookies and lemon clove cookies. I adjusted the ingredients a bit to make a Peanut Butter icing recipe to coat the store-bought double chocolate cookies that was dry enough for stacking.
Peanut Butter Icing
- 1 Cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp milk
- 1 tsp light corn syrup
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Place milk and peanut butter in a bowl. Mix in small amounts of powdered sugar until icing consistency is reached. The mixture should be thick.
- Mix in corn syrup until thoroughly combined.
You can also use a handheld mixer or small food processor to make the process go faster, but I usually just mix everything with a fork or small whisk. Next time, I might just use Biscoff cookie butter instead of peanut butter. Mmmmm…… The possibilities are endless!
What cookie would you use with peanut butter icing?
Would you ever create a cheater’s cookie platter?