Dress up a cookie plate with these old-fashioned spice bars full of raisins, molasses, cinnamon, ginger and nuts. Jeri Tirmenstein in Apache Junction, Arizona says the chewy treats are great with coffee or hot cocoa on frosty days. These cookies are said to be called "hermits" because they keep well--they're even better when hidden away like a hermit for several days!
For an old-fashioned apple pastry without all the leftovers, try this recipes. My mother made this all the years she lived alone. Now I make it for myself or my husband as a sweet treat.—Phyllis Fahey, Fergus Falls, Minnesota
"With my family's hectic schedule, I cook for one quite frequently," relates field editor Sherry Krenz from Woodworth, North Dakota (at left).
"My Mini Apple Crisp is so simple to make. I works equally well as a nice single-serving dessert for me or as an afternoon snack when our oldest son gets home from school."
Dottye Wolf of Rolla, Missouri is on a restricted diet, although her husband is not.
"I often make two different single-serving recipes," Dottye reports. "Yogurt Parfait is a delicious breakfast or luncheon treat, especially with wafers on the side."
SINCE there are just the two of us in the household now, I need to "keep it small" in my cooking. This dessert helps me do just that. Using the vanilla wafers was my idea...they work perfectly in smaller portions.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
By keeping a batch of this mix on hand, I can easily make pudding just for myself. Plus, it's relatively low in fat. Everyone who tries this creamy concoction prefers it to any pre-made package pudding.—Lois Miller, New Paris, Indiana
THIS tried-and-true dessert was printed in a cookbook published by a local organization. I have made a few changes, and it has become one of our favorite desserts.
I like to eat mine warm with a dollop of whipped cream...but my husband eats his cold with a scoop of ice cream!
-Romaine Wetzel, Ronks, Pennsylvania