In a Twinkling: Garnishes

Add accents that appeal to the eyes (and to the mouth).
Frosting Delights

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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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