Keeping Sweets in the House

Cooking for One

One of the challenges of living and eating alone is to not 'accidentally' consume the entire batch of freshly baked cookies you just pulled from the oven. Willpower is an important factor, so keeping tempting items out of the house altogether is the easiest solution for many. But is there a middle way? Can we have our cake and eat it (at least some of) too?

It's nice to keep a few sweets in the kitchen, both for your personal consumption and for those times when someone drops by and you want to offer them a treat. But when you live alone, having a whole cake in the house just isn't practical. Even if you don't have a problem with temptation, it's likely to grow stale before you can finish it. Here are a few tips to help you keep a few sweets around without having to manage a mountain of macaroons.

Don't bake all the cookies. Make and portion out your cookie dough but only bake off a few at a time. Put the rest of the dough in the refrigerator or freezer and bake off as needed.

Bake a cake or some brownies, slice off a few portions, and freeze the rest. Or bring the rest into the office the following day.

Feed your neighbors. Make your treat but bring the majority of it to a neighbor (preferably the ones with several large teenage sons at home).

Make something you like but perhaps don't love. If you cannot control yourself when confronted with a pan of brownies, then don't make brownies for your treat. Try a simple carrot cake or a jam tart instead. Still delicious, still a treat, but perhaps not as tempting.

What tricks have you developed that allow a little indulgence now and then?

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