Mix and Match Party Recipes - Easy Dinner Party Menu
What's the easiest way to throw a fabulous dinner party? Provide the ingredients and get your guests to do the work.
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the May 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
At Tina Casaceli's Milk & Cookies Bakery in New York City, customers can design their own flavors—say, marshmallow-macadamia cookies, which are then baked fresh on the spot. Here, Casaceli shares a dough recipe from her cookbook, Milk & Cookies. Prep the dough before the party, then use it as the base for the combinations she suggests, or anything you and your friends can imagine.
Step 1: Make the oatmeal-vanilla cookie dough.
Step 2: Mix in flavorings.
Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, milk or bittersweet chocolate chunks, caramel chips, M&M's, chocolate-covered pretzels, broken candy bars, toffee bits, marshmallows, peppermints
Chopped macadamia nuts, pecans, sliced almonds, peanuts, and walnuts (or nut butters); coconut flakes
Dried candied pineapple, dried papaya, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, dried cherries, candied ginger, golden raisins, dried apricots
Cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, clove, sanding sugar, walnut or orange liqueur, coffee extract, peppermint extract, jam, citrus zest, almond paste, sea salt, cream cheese
Walnut liqueur + walnuts
Ginger + cinnamon + clove
Mint Chocolate Chip
Peppermint extract + chocolate chips
Ginger + cloves + nutmeg + cardamom + cinnamon
Papaya + coconut + macadamia nuts
Coffee extract + milk chocolate
Chocolate chips + caramel chips
Orange liqueur + grated orange zest + chocolate chunks + pecans
White chocolate chips + chopped macadamia nuts
Fruit and Nut
White chocolate chips + dried cherries + pecans
Bittersweet chocolate chunks + toffee bits
Cinnamon + sanding sugar + sliced almonds
Milk chocolate chunks + sliced almonds
Chocolate chips + coconut flakes
Next: Design your own cocktails