I’m getting married in five weeks (eeeek!) and as well as having a wedding cake (this one!), we’ll also be having a Great Wedding Bake-Off! Guests (well, some of them) will be bringing along cakes, cookies, cupcakes and more, and me and my six bridesmaids will crown winners!
And, this may seem crazy so don’t judge me…. I’m also baking my own wedding favours! There’s actually a whole lot of stuff for this wedding that I could have made from hand but I’ve chosen not to. I’ve bought lots of things like pom poms, banners, bunting etc that I could have made, but planning a wedding seems to be stressful enough without adding craft projects on top! Especially when crafting isn’t exactly my forte.
But since I enjoy baking, making wedding favours doesn’t seem stressful to me! I’ve chosen favours based on what seems easy (and not too expensive) to make in large quantities – since we’ll have about a hundred guests, the plan is for them to each get a small bag with two treats, tied with a pretty ribbon!
I’m planning to make coconut macaroons, and sugar cut out cookies. The macaroons aren’t the french kind (no siree!) – I wouldn’t risk making something so finickity and difficult – talk about adding stress! These are made with shredded coconut, egg white and sugar, and I’m planning on dipping them in chocolate too. I have yummy memories of eating coconut macaroons as a child, but you don’t see them so much nowadays.
My second treat will be vanilla cut out cookies – a simple and inexpensive recipe of sugar, butter, flour, and plenty of vanilla! Since I can’t be faffed with painstakingly decorating a hundred cookies with royal icing a couple of days before my wedding (I do have some sense!), I’m going to leave them plain, and dip half the cookie in milk or white chocolate, then sprinkle on rainbow sprinkles! It’s entirely possible that some sprinkles will find their way onto the macaroons too.
So I’m hoping that making the macaroons and cookies should only take a few hours… obviously I know that I need to watch the cookies in the oven like a hawk, as they’ll get browned around the edges in an instant.
Any tips? Do you have an amazing recipe for coconut macaroons that I should know about? Did you bake your own favours and want to give me a warning from history? Did you have favours at your wedding? Let me know!