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TIP OF THE DAY: Holiday Shortcake

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Copper cookie cutter from Amazon.

Use your cookie cutters to make a special holiday “shortcake” or ice cream sandwich.

1. For an ice cream “shortcake,” slice regular or chocolate pound cake into 1/2″-3/4″ slices and use large cookie cutters to cut shapes into the cake—use a tree- or star-shaped cutter for Christmas. If the cake isn’t dense, you may have to toast it lightly in order to cut out the shapes—but toasted cake is just as delicious.

2. Top with vanilla, mint or candy cane ice cream, fresh strawberries and mint leaves, drizzled with chocolate sauce if you like. You can place more than one piece of cake on the plate before topping with ice cream. Or “deconstruct” the shortcake and scoop the ice cream next to the cake to better show off the tree (or star) design.

 

3. For an ice cream sandwich, cut a pound cake loaf lengthwise into slices, and a half-gallon of ice cream into slices approximately the same size. Place the slice of ice cream between two slices of pound cake and use the cookie cutter to cut individual sandwiches.

Use heart cookie cutters and other theme shapes to make these special (and easy) desserts for every holiday.

Don’t look for bargains when buying cookie cutters; pay more for the sturdiest cookie cutters you can find. The inexpensive ones will bend out of shape. You can find other ways to save money—for example, using the star shape for both Christmas and Independence Day.




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