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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