Have you ever heard the phrase “I can cook, but I can’t bake,” or “I’m a great baker, but I’m not a good cook,”? I never believed it until I really got into cooking, but I think it’s pretty true. You’re either really good at one or the other, but usually not both. Now, I’m sure there are exceptions, but definitely not in my case. I can’t bake. That’s why I like bad baker desserts (i.e. yummy store-bought desserts). There are so many great options for store-bought treats, personally, I’d rather spend my time on the food and the table. Here are the best baking alternatives for bad bakers that I have found:
These store-bought beauties simply need to be defrosted 30 minutes prior to serving. Place on a chilled marble platter for extra display points.
They’re simple shortbread cookies, but the frosting makes them so dramatic. I love how they look against the black and white striped table runner with a bold color like yellow.
Look at these mini key lime tartlettes! They came from my favorite high-end grocery store in town, but any bakery could make these. I added the thin lime slices for a homemade-looking touch.
These are Pillsbury mini chocolate chip break-and-bake cookies, piled high, already perforated, and so easy to drop on a baking sheet. Another idea is to use the package with the big cookies (12 to a package) and add coarse sea salt 1 minute before they’re done – the perfect sweet & salty combo! Serve with a super cold glass of milk. Want something even fancier? Make your guests a whipped creamed-topped chocolate milkshake with a stainless straw in a mason jar, and you’ve just rocked your bad baker dessert!
It’s no secret that I love Target and actually do a lot of grocery shopping at the Super Target by my house. I found these little nuggets in the frozen section. They are amazing! And they only take 20 minutes to defrost, so by the time you’re done with dishes, these are ready to devour!