Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Employee Gift Ideas

Over the years, I have tried searching for something "just-right" for my individual employees. I try to get to know them, learn about their hobbies and their families. But, I'm sure that "World's Greatest Golfer" statue that I got for Bob five years ago is either in a box or in the landfill by now. Eventually, I turned to food.

I started out with fruit baskets, but those get pretty boring. I found personalized baskets with coffee or soup and mugs or bowls. Those are pretty cute. But, once I started giving cheesecakes, everyone seemed a lot happier.

In fact, now they would be disappointed if I started looking for other employee gift ideas. They sort of "expect" their cheesecakes. In the beginning, I was surprised to learn about all the different luscious varieties that are available from the better companies. I thought you might find them interesting.

Pumpkin Cheesecakes

These are particularly popular around the holidays. They've pretty much taken the place of pumpkin pies, in my mind. You get that same kind of flavor in a light airy dessert that literally melts in your mouth.

Not a fan of pumpkin? How about mangos, pecans, blueberries, chocolate or caramel? The best bakeries offer a large number of choices.

Personalized Desserts

"Happy Birthday, Bob!" "Happy Anniversary, Judith!" Anything that you can say on an ordinary cake can be said more scrumptiously with a cheesecake. These are great employee gift ideas and you can always include an E-card or greeting to make it even more personal.


When I have new employees, I tend to stick with the samplers. That way, I can be sure that at least "one" of the choices will be appealing. Then, I try to make a note of remarks that they make about specific flavors. If he didn't like the raspberry swirl, I'll order something different next time.

The first time that I ordered a cake, I got it from a bakery in town. I had to go there one day to place the order. I had to stop in again to pick it up. It was good, but I have found that ordering on-line simplifies the process. Cheesecake Delivered.Com, for example, has a variety of cakes and other employee gift ideas. I have one employee that only eats "organic" food. Believe it or not, they make an organic cheesecake!

Get it Delivered!

Having it delivered is just the easiest and simplest option, but local bakeries charge a fortune and you can never count on a delivery date or time. There's nothing more frustrating than having the party delayed, because the dessert hasn't arrived.

The tarts and truffles from Cheesecake Delivered are delicious, too. We have never been disappointed with their employee gift ideas and I think that's the most important thing. Give it a try and see what you "your" employees think.

Our World Famous NY Style Cheesecake Recipe

  • For cookie crust:

  • 1 Box Crushed Vanilla Wafers

  • 1/2 stick melted butter

  • Combine ingredients and fit into bottom and sides of a 91/2 springform pan.

  • For cheesecake:

  • 1 1/2 lbs cream cheese, room temperature

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 1/3 C sugar

  • 2 Tbsp flour

  • 2 tsp grated lemon rind

  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  • 2 Tbsb Heavy Cream

  1. Combine cheese and eggs. Beat with electric mixer till perfectly smooth. Then, add while continuing to beat,

  2. sugar, the flour, and flavorings. Pour into the prepared pan. Bake at 325 for 70 - 75 minutes.

  3. Turn off heat and let cool in oven. Do not open the springform pan until completly cool.

  4. This is the recipe for our basic NY Style cheesecake used to make most of your cakes. For a full selection of our world famous cheesecakes visit us at:www.cheesecakedelivered.com

NY Style Cheesecake @ Group Recipes

Need a Dessert For a Dinner Party? Try a Cheesecake

I always seem to have less time than I thought, so I usually start with ice cream. If you want it to look really nice, invest in a restaurant style scooper. There is no limit to the variety of different toppings that you can try. I'm a big fan of strawberries and pecans.

For a quick and easy dessert or "anytime-treat", I put plain vanilla ice cream together with strawberry and banana slices in the blender. I leave it thick and we eat it with a spoon, but you can add a little milk and serve your own fresh milkshakes.

As far as convenience goes, we have much to choose from in the grocery stores, these days. I'm not a big fan of the mixes. The taste is not the best and they often don't set. I love cheesecake, but that no-bake version that comes in a box is pretty "tasteless". But, sometimes I do occasionally buy a ready-made crust and fill it with canned fruit fillings. To give apple pie a personal flair, I'll slice green apples and arrange them on top. Of course, this has to be done right before serving or the slices will turn brown.

Fruit is always a quick and easy dessert and the healthiest choice. I like using half of a honeydew melon as a serving bowl. Just scoop out the melon, put it in a large bowl, toss with a variety of fresh berries and serve. Return to the melon halves and serve.

Since, occasionally I run into a situation that requires a quick and easy dessert suitable for a party or dinner guests. I got "stuck" too many times in the past, so I decided to order one of the beautiful cheesecakes from CheesecakeDelivered.Com and store it in the freezer.

They can be stored frozen for up to four months, but since we often have unexpected guests, they never last that long. And, of course, they are only good for one meal, because they are so delicious. I've tried practically every variety, now, and I'm never disappointed. Personally, I prefer cheesecake, but they have quite a selection of other pastries. Elegant cakes, fruit tarts, sugar-free and even all organic are just some of the things they have to choose from. They offer next day delivery and you can order up to a year in advance,in case you have that much time to plan. It never happens to me, but I know that some people are that well organized.

Just to recap; my quick and easy dessert ideas include ice cream, fruit, pecans or other nuts and cheesecake Enjoy!