Dessert is nostalgic and comforting and wonderful. Nothing soothes the soul quite like a warm cookie or buttery crispy rice bar. So don't deny your sweet tooth after a long, tense day. There's far too much going on for you to feel bad about a cookie.


Everything's a little strange right now, but your kitchen can be a place of comfort. We're offering five days of tips and recipes to help you stay calm and well-fed. Day 4: Keep it sweet. These easy, nostalgic treats will satisfy your sweet tooth and comfort your soul. 

Extra-Marshmallowy Crispy Rice Bars

Extra-Marshmallowy Crispy Treats
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Just like the ones from childhood, but more marshmallowy. Make the original kind or get creative with the flavors. Then curl up and enjoy. 

All-Purpose Pantry Cookies

all purpose pantry cookie
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Customize this base recipe with whatever mix-ins you have on hand: candy bars, pretzels, nuts, dried fruit, the list goes on. 

Hot-Cocoa Popcorn

hot cocoa popcorn

Two classics from simpler days combine for the perfect movie night snack. No special ingredients required. 

Recipe: Try our Hot Cocoa Popcorn

Nutella-Stuffed Pancakes

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Make these for breakfast. Make them for brunch. Have them during breakfast-for-dinner. Have them on the couch at 9 p.m. There is never a wrong time for a fluffy, warm stack of chocolate-filled pancakes. 

Recipe: Try our Nutella-Stuffed Pancakes

Snack Mix Chocolate Bark

snack mix chocolate bark
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Trail mix and chocolate in one sweet and salty bite—using whatever crunchies you've got in the pantry. 

Recipe: Try our Snack Mix Chocolate Bark

See our other quarantine kitchen tips: Keep it simple, keep it spicy, and keep it healthy