*This post is sponsored by Rich Products as part of their Give Bakery Because program. A grocer’s bakery is the convenient and ideal location to purchase delicious baked goods that can be customized for any gift giving occasion. Rich’s and I encourage you to head to your local in-store bakery the next time you need delicious, sweet treats – or just because. But all these opinions are mine.
How is 4th of July in a little over a week?! Life is moving too quickly for my taste. I think we all just need to slow it down and make sure we are taking time to enjoy life and spending it with the ones we love. I’m really looking forward to our annual block party on Independence Day. It starts with a city-wide parade where the kids participate by riding their decorated bikes and throwing (and subsequently picking up) lots of candy. Then we chill for a few hours and then head down the street to hang with the neighbors and a HUGE bounce house/ water slide/ ER-visit-inducing contraption. Everyone is supposed to bring items to share. I hate just bringing chips. I always feel so lazy setting those down when the cute gals from around the neighborhood show up with crazy delicious homemade brownies and cookies, etc. And while I want to step up my potluck game, I still don’t want to spend a lot of time on it. The perfect solution is starting with a store-bought base and then adding my own touches. This year I’ll be bringing a berry, basil dessert bruschetta (served on the perfect store-bought sugar cookies). Boom. Fruit desserts are perfect for summer.
You only need a few ingredients for this dessert and they are so yummy! I also love that you don’t really need any serving utensils for this and they are super easy to grab. Start by cleaning your fresh berries (for this I used strawberries and blueberries but of course you can add others – raspberry seeds freak me out and their color is not patriotic enough for me but if you want to use them, I guess YOU can) and rinse your basil (Mint would be another good option but use your favorite fresh herb. I find that the fresh herb helps to cut the sweetness of the berries and cookies a smidge).
I chopped my strawberries and put them in a bowl. I decided to keep the blueberries whole for their color and have you seen the insides of a blueberry? Off putting. It makes me think of zombies. Which is not super appetizing in terms of dessert presentation.
Once your fruit is prepared, and you have added your chopped herbs (mine are chiffonaded because I’m fancy like that. I also make up tenses of words) toss it altogether and grab your store-bought cookies. In this case, I added some store-bought whipped cream to the cookie first and then piled on the berries. If these are going to sit out at all, though, you might want to let guests add the whipped cream themselves as it can melt. These could easily be set out as a “station” so people could make them themselves. For a do-it-yourself bar, I would put the bowl of berries on top of a bowl of ice and keep the whipped cream in a wine chiller. Then set the cookies and a spoon and your job is done.
God Bless America, am I right?! I love the colors in this. I almost want to salute them. But instead, I’ll eat them. And the best part is that they didn’t take me hardly any time at all! Thank you, store-bought cookies and Mother Nature!
Store-bought treats are my fave. There are so many things you can do to jazz them up and they are inexpensive and delicious. Check out how I used sugar cookies to create a DIY cookie decorating kit and turned some sweet rolls in to a thank you gift.
You totally want to eat one of these cookie bruschettas right now, don’t you? With and easy treat like these I can look forward to our block party knowing I don’t have to do a ton of work before hand! I win. Need more fruit desserts ideas? Check out one of my favorite food blogger’s fruit desserts Pinterest page.
So how about a giveaway?
I’m giving away two $25 Visa gift cards so you can try out some store-bought treats for your summer entertaining. To enter follow the Bakery Because Pinterest Page and leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite fruit dessert (can it be made easier with a store-bought base? No extra entry for this part but I’m lazy and like to know my options). Giveaway will close on Monday, June 30, 2014. After you shop, be sure to upload your creation to Pinterest with the hashtag #givebakery so we can check it out! Giveaway is open to US residents only. Winners will be notified by email.
- One container of store-bought sugar cookies
- One pint of fresh strawberries, chopped
- One container fresh blueberries
- A few leaves of basil, chopped or chiffonade(ed) :)
- Whipped cream, optional (just do it)
- Rinse berries.
- Chop strawberries to roughly the same size as the whole blueberries.
- Chiffonade or chop your basil.
- Add chopped strawberries, blueberries and basil to a bowl and toss together gently.
- Lay out the sugar cookies flat on a plate.
- Top each sugar cookie with 1-2 tablespoons of berry mixture.
- Top with whipped cream.
- Eat and enjoy.
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