Bake These Small Batch Treats to Satisfy a Sweet Craving or Celebrate Any Little Occasion
Not every baking project needs to be a big production. Sometimes, you just want to share a little something sweet with your sweeties. When that's the case, these brilliantly scaled-down recipes yield just enough treats for an afternoon indulgence, a hump-day dessert, or a Sunday brunch à deux. Freshness and satisfaction are guaranteed.
Small-Batch Buttermilk Biscuits
A universal truth about biscuits: They're always best straight from the oven. Our classic one-bowl recipe for Small-Batch Buttermilk Biscuits, pictured above, comes together in a flash, no cutter required, and makes four pillowy portions, with no leftovers to reheat (to less fluffy results) later. Top one with whipped salted butter and creamed honey, or make scrambled eggs a special event. Transform a chicken dinner—or just relish the pure comfort on its own.
Skillet Pancake for Two
Is there a more romantic breakfast than a Skillet Pancake for Two? It's the morning equivalent of cozying up with a bowl of popcorn on movie night. This oversize blue-berry version is infinitely adaptable, too. Stir in either buttermilk or a combo of milk and yogurt for a kick of tangy flavor, and sub in just about any fruit. The result is a skillet-size, super-airy, crispy-edged delight.
Mini Pear-and-Cranberry Amaretti Crisps
Sliced almonds and crushed store-bought amaretti—made from almond flour and egg whites—double the nutty flavor of these Mini Pear-and-Cranberry Amaretti Crisps, which each serve one or two people. Silky pears bring the sweetness, and cranberries (fresh or frozen) keep things interesting with their mouth-puckering punch. A scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into the crags is, of course, a welcome addition.
Small-Batch Lemon-Strawberry Cookies
A half dozen XL cookies are an ample afternoon indulgence to serve a handful of friends. These Small-Batch Lemon-Strawberry Cookies—which get their rosy hue from crushed freeze-dried berries—are a masterful mash-up of snickerdoodles and coconut macaroons. They're also a textural triumph: chewy in the middle (thanks to whipped egg white in the batter) with crispy edges and a crunchy coating of sanding sugar.
Small-Batch Celebration Cupcakes
Commemorate getting to Wednesday with a mini-batch of these cream-cheese-frosted Small-Batch Celebration Cupcakes. The beguiling beauties are wondrously light and tender, due to the recipe's reverse-creaming technique: Rather than beating together softened butter and sugar first, you add melted butter to a flour-sugar mixture, limiting gluten development, which produces an ultra-fine, plush crumb. For optimum lift, bake them in a full-size pan, skipping every other cup to allow for extra air circulation.
Loaf-Pan Buckeye Brownies
To satisfy a serious chocolate craving whenever the mood strikes, bake a half-batch of brownies in a standard loaf pan, and make each one really count. Inspired by buckeye candies—an old-fashioned confection of chocolate-dipped peanut-butter fudge—these Loaf-Pan Buckeye Brownies are run through with a ribbon of rich peanut-butter cream that takes on a caramel flavor in the oven. To ensure that coveted crackly top, mix the batter until it's glossy.
Art Direction by James Maikowski; Food Styling by Lauryn Tyrell; Prop Styling by Tanya Graff