If there wasn’t cheesecake at your high school keggers, you didn’t grow up with Rick Martinez. When Rick was sixteen, his mom got him a subscription to Bon Appétit (look at him now!), and he soon became the guy who’d show up at his friends’ parties bearing elaborate, multi-layer desserts. “I was like, ‘This mocha ganache will really complement the flavors of your trash can punch,’” he says. Rick’s always been Rick.
On one occasion, he spent all afternoon baking a particularly fussy cheesecake only to realize he didn’t have any way to actually transport it. As he carried it out to the car, carefully balancing it in his hands, his family’s German Shepherd bounded up behind him, jumped, and pushed him with what Rick swears was malicious intent. The cheesecake went flying. The dog feasted.
This holiday season, as you’re ferrying your festive baked goods to office parties and cookie swaps, learn from Teen Rick’s mistakes—just like he did—and get the Baker’s Sto N Go.
The sturdy, shelved plastic suitcase of this cookie and cake carrier allows you to carry up to four layers of sweets. The sides are grooved, so you can adjust the three shelves like racks in an oven in order to accommodate both thin lace cookies and chunky blondies. The packaging touts that it can fit thirty-two mini cupcakes, up to forty cookies, or a 13-by-9 pan of brownies; remove all the shelves, and you can fit an entire bundt cake or an eight-inch layer cake or pie. Or forgo the baked goods entirely and jump on the plastic purse trend. It’s basically couture!
But is it necessary?
“Look,” says Rick, “if I’m dealing with a hardier, undecorated cookie, like the Chewy Ginger-Rye, I’ll stack them in a quart container and call it a day.” For cookies that require more care, like the Alfajores with Coconut Dulce de Leche, he’ll pack ‘em in a bakery box, either in a single layer or nestled in between layers of parchment. (A pizza box is an acceptable substitute, so start making friends at your local joint.) But for glamorous, high-maintenance, swap-winning cookies like these Tie-Dye Butter Cookies, Rick takes no chances.
“It’s definitely hardcore,” he says, “but, if you’re going to win your cookie swap, this is what you need.”
Buy it: Baker’s Sto N Go, $37 on Amazon
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Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit