December 18, 2009

Holiday Time Saver

This time of year is full of family, parties, and of course - treats. But sometimes you are hopping from one event to the next that you are feeling a little ragged, right? Well, here's a little helpful tip - take something store-bought and add something homemade. This fools people that you made the whole thing by yourself.
This was my treat to bring to a family party:

I bought these little brownies from Costco, then I made a buttercream frosting, and topped with crushed candy canes.
Here's another tip: Hand your kids a bag of candy canes (you can leave the paper on, its easier to pull off once their crushed), a rolling pin, and let them have at it!
Here's my buttercream recipe:
Buttercream Frosting
2 sticks butter, room temperature
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1-5 Tbsp milk
few drops food coloring (optional)

With hand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and beat until texture is like small beads. Add vanilla and 1 Tbsp milk. Beat until fully combined. Continue adding milk, a tablespoon at a time until you have reached desired consistency.

Make this work any time of year: use different color food coloring and toppings (use candies, sprinkles, nuts, etc)


Emily said...

That is too funny! You're right--almost identical posts on the same day. Great minds think alike of course. Gotta love those brownie bites. YUM!

Unknown said...

genius. I swear I have done so much baking this season, I have butter, sugar, and chocolate coming out my ears! I think I will be doing some "store-bought-revamps" for an upcoming party...Love the buttercream frosting/candycane idea!