5 Ways to Make Store-Bought Cookies Look and Taste Homemade

Because holiday entertaining doesn't mean you have to use your oven

1. Upgrade store-bought cookies with chocolate and more.

chocolate dipped cookies

Bless This Mess

Melissa Griffiths of Bless This Mess created these beautiful treats by simply dipping packaged almond cookies in melted chocolate and sprinkling on crystallized ginger. There’s no shame in stealing her trick, as she says: "Dressing up a store-bought cookie is a smart and simple way to cut down on a little bit of the craziness that comes this time of the year. Plus, no one will ever know your secret!"

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2.Make them look a little ugly.

cookies on stove

Cake Spy

The problem with store-bought cookies: They always look too perfect, explains Jessie Oleson Moore of Cake Spy. If you want a more homemade feel, she suggests you heat them with some butter, and gently make marks in the cookies with a knife. This is a great idea, as Jessie explains, because “doctoring store-bought sweets to make them look slightly more homespun will guarantee tasty results with minimal effort.”

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3.Put them on display.

cookies on display

Mission: Atlas

When all else fails, put things on a stick. As Janet Casey of Mission: Atlas says: "I think dressing up store-bought cookies is fabulous and putting them on a stick is an easy way to add visual interest and dimension to your dessert display." You can also present your cookies on a fabulous cake stand for an equally beautiful look.

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4.Turn them into a yummy sandwich.

cookie sandwiches

Style Within Reach

When you have impromptu guests or just need a quick dessert for a party, ice cream and cookies never fail. As Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach says, "Splurge on expensive gelato and no one will ever know!" Make it special for the holiday season by using store-bought chocolate cookies and peppermint ice cream.

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5.Add mix-ins to store-bought cookie dough to make it your own.

dress up cookie dough

All Things Katie Marie

If you have a little more time on your hands, upgrade packaged cookie dough like Katie Marie of All Things Katie Marie. "I think this is a great idea because we don't always have time to make everything from scratch, but want recipes to taste better than plain old store-bought treats. By adding a few ingredients, premade items taste better than ever!" Adding in a little extra brown sugar and butter totally counts as holiday baking in our book.

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