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Small packages

Selections from the new book “Small, Sweet, and Italian: Tiny, Tasty Treats From Sweet Maria’s Bakery.”

“Good things come in small packages” or “Size matters.” I’ve always believed this. Many people think of jewelry, but I always think of sweets. Small bites are hard to resist for a lot of reasons. They are the perfect serving size and seem to be baked just for you, with no sharing necessary. They offer less guilt and fewer calories just by virtue of their size, are easy to prepare, and have short baking times. Small sweets can also satisfy a big craving. With smaller sweets it’s easier to sample two or three desserts. Indulge — they’re tiny!

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