When you put together a plate of cookies for party guests (or Santa Claus), don’t just dump a dozen onto a platter and walk away. Curate. Here, cookie genius Matt Lewis of Brooklyn’s Baked bakery shares his top tips for creating the perfect plate of cookies.
1. Always include old-school favorites.
“A cookie plate should be 50 percent nostalgia,” Lewis says. He always includes peanut butter blossoms (“the one and only cookie my mom made consistently for 25 Christmases in a row,” he says), chocolate crinkles (“I’m totally obsessed”) and shortbread. “My grandmother on my dad’s side is Scottish, she always had shortbread,” he says. “Growing up I would never eat it, but now I have to have it on every cookie plate.”
2. Add in some newer cookie styles.
“It’s fun to do something new and different—something unexpected,” Lewis says. That can mean anything from sandwich cookies to homemade Ho Hos to super-mini tarts.