With turkey-time just around the corner, I just remembered a good trick from last holiday season.
I would be keen to hear your inpired suggestions for doctored goods.
Last New Year's, I totally stressed out and ran out of time to bake from scratch and surprised my guests will some help from my most reliable and best friend Betty Crocker. Here's my story. A pack of her chocolate brownie mix spiked with cold espresso coffee did the trick. When it was done I dumped the entire finished slab out of the very very lightly greased teflon cake pan, onto the cutting board then cut out 1-1/4" sized stars with a cookie cutter. Spread them onto a 3-tier silver tray and dusted them with snowy powdered sugar. A vision of loveliness! (As for the scraps, I diced those into a freezer ziplock bag and sprinkled them on top of vanilla ice cream for the next 6 months.)
Now for an ethical question: Is it wrong not to credit Betty for her help with a dinner party? How about for boxed brownie gifts?