Fall baking is something I have already started enthusiastically embracing (see this post and my instagram page). Since apples are just coming into the peak of their season this month I have been focusing on an assortment of apple-based treats. While my various baked goods have turned out beautifully, my challenge has been the packaging/presentation. I will spend the time to make a delicious dessert and to have to cover it in either plastic wrap or aluminum foil for transport just seems wrong. When you go to a lot of trouble to bake a homemade dessert, the last thing you want is to have the treat encased in packaging that isn't reflective of the treat.
Recently while perusing The Paper Source (love this store!), I came across the most adorable Kraft paper berry baskets by Meri Meri. These baskets were absolutely adorable and immediately became the inspiration for this post. Best part? They are actually part of Meri-Meri's summer collection so I was able to purchase them on sale! (**you can too!--link below)
To Make these Goody Baskets:
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Mini Muffins
- Mini Muffin Baking Pan
- Meri Meri Berry Baskets
- Cellophane Wrapping Paper
- Gift Tags
- Gold Pen
To create these festive Fall treat bags, I started by baking up a delicious (and healthy!) batch of fresh Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Mini Muffins. Once the muffins were baked and completely cooled I lined a berry basket with a sheet of the red and white checked parchment paper (sold with the baskets) and carefully filled the basket. (*these baskets can hold more than a dozen mini muffins, so if you want to stretch your batches of mini muffins a little further add tissue paper to the bottom of each basket).
Once the basket was filled with muffins I wrapped them with clear cellophane paper so the contents of the package would still be visible and tied it all together with natural colored raffia ribbon for a rustic Fall touch. The chalkboard gift tags were then personalized with a note written in gold pen, which gave these little treat baskets a final finishing touch. I love the way they have turned out and I am thrilled to have a packaging that is both pretty and festive for sharing these delicious fall treats!