Festive Garnishes

These final touches can really make an impression on your family and friends.
Chocolate Stars

Piping stars onto waxed paper.

Spoon melted chocolate into a heavy, small plastic bag; cut one corner off the bag. Pipe melted chocolate onto a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet, forming a square. Pipe a second square at a 45-degree angle to the first. Repeat to make as many stars as you want. Let stand until firm. Peel stars from waxed paper.

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