In a Twinkling: Garnishes

Add accents that appeal to the eyes (and to the mouth).
Frosting Delights
You don't even have to stick out
your tongue to catch the sweet
taste of these snowflake treats.

Snowflake Puff Pastry: Cut thawed, frozen puff pastry sheets with a snowflake or star cookie cutter. Bake in a 400 degree F oven about 10 minutes or until golden. Lightly dip tops of pastries into melted white chocolate and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Your guests will be anxious to sit
down and gobble up their tasty
place cards.

Edible Place Cards: Using canned frosting, pipe names on purchased rectangular shortbread cookies. Use tweezers to place tiny decorative candies on a dot of frosting in the corners. To make cookies stand upright, use a serrated knife to cut additional cookies into triangular pieces; secure pieces to back of cookie with frosting.

Cupcakes wrapped with holiday bows
prove that great things really do
come in small packages.

Cupcake "Packages": Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with toasted coconut. Wrap the cupcakes with colorful holiday ribbon to resemble tiny packages. Position a bow on top.

Who needs patterned dishware when
your plates can look like this?

Decorated Dessert Plates: Depending on the plate color, melt regular or white chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. (If desired, tint white chocolate with paste food coloring.) Cool slightly, then pour into a small self-sealing plastic bag. Cut off a tiny corner from the bag. Pipe names or holiday words such as "Joy" or "Noel" along the rim of the plate.

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