Sherley’s Parmesan Puffs. (Deb Lindsey/For the Washington Post)

You avoided the pre-snow grocery lines like the plague they can be, and the utility gods have blessed your home with power. A day to bake before a holiday like Valentine’s Day is a gift — one that can turn into gifts for your fellow cabin dwellers and for the office you’ll trudge to on Friday.

Turn to the pantry, to staples on the shelf and in the refrigerator. If you have the basics, here are sweet and savory ideas. We’ve listed the ingredients needed so you can take a quick inventory and get that oven preheating.


Brown Sugar Shortbread : unsalted butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, flour

Baked Apples : Golden Delicious apples, sugar, jam/preserves, unsalted butter, lemon zest, sour cream (optional)

Potato Chip Cookies : unsalted butter, flour, potato chips, vanilla extract, confectioners’ sugar

Salted Oatmeal Cookies : unsalted butter, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, rolled oats, sea salt

Honeyed Pecans With Sesame Seeds : sesame seeds, granulated sugar, honey, pecan halves, peanut oil

Cheerios Cereal Bars : unsalted butter, creamy peanut butter, Honey Nut Cheerios, semisweet chocolate chips, heavy cream (which could be optional)

Chocolate Spice Bread : unsalted butter, flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground ginger, eggs, granulated and dark brown sugars, sour cream


Sherley’s Parmesan Puffs : white bread, onion, mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Onion Pie : onions, olive oil, thyme, salt, pepper, whole-wheat and all-purpose flours, baking powder, unsalted butter, milk

Obelisk Breadsticks : active dry yeast, olive oil, honey, salt, flour

Wine Biscuits With Cracked Black Pepper : dry red wine, bread flour, sugar, cracked black pepper, rosemary or thyme, salt, baking powder, olive oil

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