When the craving for something sweet hits you, a towering layer cake may look good, but the odds are that you really want something small and sweet (at least smaller than a whole cake!) to satisfy your sweet tooth. Homemade treats tend to be the best choice for this sort of thing, and when you put the effort into mixing up a batch of delectable cookies, you want them to be memorable, as well as just tasty. Small Sweet Treats: Sassy, Savory, and Sweet is a book that was put together with this in mind. It features dozens of recipes for simple treats that will satisfy anyone’s craving for dessert but will still stand out in your memory as something special.
This book offers a wide variety of recipe types and doesn’t limit itself to just one type of dessert. There are cookies, cakes and cupcakes, and you’ll also find recipes for scones, fools, tarts and fruit pies, among other things. This makes the book a little more exciting because it means that you’ll pick it up again and again when simply looking for inspiration, and that you never quite know what you’ll end up settling on. The recipes are straightforward and very approachable, primarily made with easy to find ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen but laced with slightly more unusual ingredients that are part of what makes these recipes unique. Lavender and cardamom are things that you might not have in your kitchen, for instance, but these recipes can ease you into trying them out.
Tips on baking techniques and ingredients are sprinkled throughout the book that are helpful to new bakers and more experienced ones alike. There are also plenty of beautiful photos that will inspire you to start baking as soon as you get into your kitchen. The only thing that I would change about this volume is that the recipes don’t remind users to preheat their ovens when starting out on a recipe, which means that you really do need to read through the instructions before beginning (always recommended anyway) to make sure that your oven is ready when your dessert is ready to bake. Overall, however, this is a lovely book with plenty of recipes that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth and let you get a little creative the next time you bake.