I fondly remember coming home from school and being greeted by the heavenly aromas of fresh homemade baked bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pies and hearty meals. My mom loved to bake and she still does, but being on her own now, most of the recipes yield too much. So, she ends up bringing a lot of her baked goods over here ( not good cause we don’t want the extra calories) or she gives some to her friends or it gets thrown out because it’s just too old. Plus she prefers to do her own baking because she uses mostly organic ingredients.
Some of her favorite recipes are easy to downsize, but most are not. I found an easy solution for my mom, the 175 Small-Batch Baking Recipes cookbook.
175 Best Small-Batch Baking Recipes
I love the cover, you feel like you could reach for one cookie and indulge. Crisp clear images always inspire me to try out a recipe and there several enticing ones throughout the book.
The 175 Small-Batch Baking recipe cookbook is all about desserts. From cookies to squares to breads to cakes to tarts to pies to frostings to even gluten-free options, this book has it all. The cookbook is laid out well and set you up for success. The first few pages talk about foolproofing your kitchen with the right equipment, baking ingredients plus they share some basic tips and techniques.
My mom was happy to see this cookbook included some of her favorite recipes plus she was introduced to an extensive amount of new recipes. The Cookie chapter features 6 different kinds of cookies, ie Drop cookies, Refrigerator cookies, Sandwich cookies, with several recipes under each category. That’s a lot of choices. One of her favorite recipes is Black Forest Cookies. Her original recipe yields 36 cookies, which is way too much for one person. The same recipe in 175 Small-Batch Baking yields 12 medium or 8 large cookies so there is no waste. She’s since become very fond of the Peanut Fudgies!
Peanut Fudgies Recipe
- 9 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
- 2 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 egg yolk
- 3 tbsp packed brown sugar
- 1/3 honey roasted peanuts chopped
- 1/4 cup peanut butter chips
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Baking sheets should be greased or lined with parchment paper.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine 6 tbsp of chocolate chips and the butter. Microwave on medium for one minute, stirring halfway through until melted. Stir until smooth, set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, using a wooden spoon, beat together the egg yolk and the brown sugar until smooth.
- Stir in cooled melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture stirring well.
- Stir in peanuts, peanut butter chips, and remaining 3 tbsp of chocolate chips, until well combined.
- Drop dough by heaping teaspoonfuls spacing them about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for 9 - 13 minutes or until set around the edges, but slightly soft in the center.
- Let cool for 5 minutes on sheet, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
The next chapter features decadent Bars and Square- including Brownies, chocolate bars, fruit bars, no-bake bars and several more. Each recipe shares some tips and a quick tip and offers a variation for a different flavor. For the Double Fudge Brownies, you can add 1 tsp of instant espresso coffee for a mocha flavor.
The Quick Breads section has a lot of recipes for muffins, loaves, scones, cornbread, and biscuits. My mom has tried the Mini Banana Loaf recipe and it’s the perfect size for one person. If you’re big on cakes, then you’ll love the wide selection of recipes offered from shortcakes to cupcakes to cheesecakes and more.
As much as I’ve tried, I’m not great at making pastry. In the Mini Pies and Tarts section, there is a basic pasty recipe for either one or two 6-inch pie crusts. Quick Tip offered is” the key to tender, flaky pastry is to handle the dough as little as possible.” I think I kneed my too much. This section goes on to share a plethora of mini pie recipes using a variety of fruits and basic ingredients.
Spoonable Desserts open up a world of cobblers, crisps, crumbles, and puddings. And the last section focuses on Gluten-Free Desserts. No longer are these recipes for those afflicted with Celiac Disease. There are many people that are gluten sensitive so they have to avoid specific foods. Plus more individuals are becoming aware of its negative effects on the body. In this section, you’ll find recipes for muffins, cookies, bars, and cake.
The 175 Best Small-Batch Baking recipes are ideal for a single person or a couple. Or maybe your family wants to cut back on big desserts and just enjoy a small taste of the good life. The recipes are easy to make and they satisfy your sweet tooth. It’s a great addition to my mom’s kitchen.
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