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Cupcakes Are Out, Decorated Sugar Cookies Are In!

February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

Some years ago, cupcakes cam back to the baking arena with a vengeance, taking over where standard cakes and baked cooks left something to be desired. So what's the next growing trend in baking? Decorated sugar cookies! Those bastions of typical holiday fare are making a big resurgence, with a whole new look and trendier attitude.

No longer simply a staple of Christmas, decorated sugar treats are now making their appearance at weddings, showers, fund raisers, banquets and at the tables of famous Hollywood parties. And the Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, sells more of these this time of year than cakes. They are also ingeniously being used as party favors, for guests to grab as they leave.

For Your Upcoming Gathering.

Arranging a birthday gathering? Think cookies! Beyond the long-established cake and ice cream, guests are constantly interested in anything fresh and unusual. How fun would it be to offer personalized decorated sugar cookies to each guest, frosted in their preferred colors and piped with their name? Better yet, make a few dozen early on, and allow for plenty of time to cool. At the party, put out the bowls of icing and your reserve of decorator bags, tips and sprinkles. Your guests will have lots of fun constructing their own decorated sugar treats!

It's not just for children, either. If you're setting up a holiday open house, decorated sugar cookies provide a fantastic opportunity to sit and chat, sharing a cup of holiday joy. It brings back warm memories of holidays past, and sending your guests back with a plate filled with decorated sugar cookies is a generous gesture as opposed to a purchased gift.

At a Wedding?

Modern weddings are becoming more and more creative, with couples opting to bring personal elements into the traditional ideas of a formal reception. For example, one bride made decorated sugar cookies for each guest, and utilized them as place cards. Iced them all the wedding's colors, the cookies added a wonderful element, and gave the guests something to taste as they waited for dinner to be served.

An alternatively wonderful wedding reception idea is to serve the treats near the ending of the wedding. Long after the dinner and cake have been cleared, and the wine has been flowing, your guests will appreciate a sweet treat after dancing for hours. Make it super special and serve them with large wine glasses filled with ice cold milk.

Make Some Room for The Baby...

Arranging a baby shower? Sweeten the event with gorgeous baby motifs, with plenty of pink, blue, yellow and green. From precious baby faces to storks, ducks and diapers, you'll find various fresh shapes and ideas for the mom-to-be and her friends.

Of course, nothing beats those festive cut-out Christmas treats of tradition; the Santa's, bells, wreaths, trees, snowmen and ornaments in beautiful seasonal shades of red, green, blue and silver. Whichever way you fancy them, decorated sugar cookies are always welcome, yummy and a whole lot of sugary fun.

Kathleen Westley is a gourmet cookie lover. She writes about where to find the best cookies for all occasions. This month she covers decorated sugar cookies.

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