Brilliant Book!

We may be health-conscious, but we love our baked goods. Cookies (especially these cookies), brownies, blondies, cakes, cupcakes—pretty much anything with flour, butter, and sugar is a hit with us.

But we run into the same problem again and again. We’ll get a craving for a baked good, whip up a batch of cookies or brownies or blondies, and eat one or two (or, ok, three or four). After those first initial few bites the craving is satisfied, but we’re left with an entire batch of whatever it is we couldn’t live without just an hour before. We’ll eat a few more over the next few days, but you can only have so many cookies (yes, even us). We inevitably find ourselves throwing away at least part of the batch a few days later. Such a waste!

That’s why we were thrilled to hear about (and quickly add to our bookshelves) a brand-new cookbook called Small-Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers.

The concept is utterly brilliant: all the chocolate-based baked goods you could want, but in portion sizes suited for one or two people, not a family of 12. The cookie recipes make 5 to 8 cookies, the cupcakes come in batches of 2, 3, or 4, and the cakes and tarts are all miniature, like those sweet little creations you drool over at your favorite corner bakery. They’re perfect for the single person or couples living together (in fact, a lot of the cakes are so darling looking that they’d make perfect endings to romantic dinners for two. If only we’d had this book in time for Valentine’s Day!).

We love that we can now crave something, bake it, eat it, and be done with it, without having 3-dozen extras staring at us every time we step foot in the kitchen. We’ll keep you posted as we try out the recipes, but judging from the photos in the book, we’re going to be thrilled with the results.

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