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In search of a very good baked good recipe to give as get-to-know-you gifts to new neighbors!

Just moved, and want to bake something to leave for our new neighbors (small building of 4 apartments). We live next to one of the best chocolate chip cookie bakeries in NYC, so that option is out. Would like something universally generally liked (no bold flavors), but pretty-looking and guaranteed to be pretty darn delicious. Mini olive oil cakes? Blondies? Help welcomed!!!

Posie is the Provisions Editor at Food52.

asked 3 months ago
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Sarah Jampel

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added 3 months ago

The genius olive oil cake was honestly one of the best desserts I've ever made. I think those would be great in cupcake or muffin form, especially if you get cute, bakery-style wrappers like the ones from Provisions!

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Posie Harwood

Posie is the Provisions Editor at Food52.

added 3 months ago

thanks lady! having made it, did you have any issues with the oil settling out in the second or third day (assuming it lasts that long?)

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's assistant editor.

added 3 months ago

Nope, mine was still great on day three (though I did keep in the fridge)! The inner circle of the cake was definitely the most moist, but I think that wouldn't be an issue with smaller, higher muffins.

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Pegeen

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added 3 months ago

Chocolate Bundt Cake
https://food52.com/recipes...

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added 3 months ago

I just made inpatskitchen's Gran's Gifted Cheesecake and loved it! It with some fresh berries will score you huge points.

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mrslarkin

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added 3 months ago

How about a basket of scones, with some nice jam and a box of tea? But first, find out if the new neighbors have any food allergies, because you wouldn't want to accidentally kill them.

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ChefJune

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added 3 months ago

Not much better gift than brownies. Almost everyone loves/craves them. Try these:
https://food52.com/recipes...

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I agree with brownies. This genius recipe is genius because its rich & easy-to-make, and unique - don't forget the Maldon sea salt! https://food52.com/recipes...

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added 3 months ago

Ugh, cant figure out the link. Do a recipe search for Alice Medrich's Best Cocoa Brownies-cocoa-brownies.

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HalfPint

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added 3 months ago

Anything with chocolate and is nut-free. I know very few people who don't like chocolate, but I'm beginning to see more people with severe nut allergies.

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added 3 months ago

Biscotti are easy to make, but keep well and look impressive. If you don't want to use nuts (allergy issues) you can use dried cranberries or cherries, chocolate chips...I just made a batch of a Venetian variation with cornmeal and dried currants (recipe is in Julia Childs' Baking book) - delicious and pretty too.

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My standard new neighbor gift is a loaf of home made challah. My favorite recipe is from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I think people love challah and a home made loaf is so rare these days. Plus, the potential is there for sandwiches, French toast, etc. so they have something easy to grab and eat while unloading boxes or hanging pictures.

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added 3 months ago

I love the idea of going with a classic brownie, wrapped simply in a brown box with twine.

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Posie Harwood

Posie is the Provisions Editor at Food52.

added 3 months ago

Thank you all for the fantastic suggestions! Keep 'em coming

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HalfPint

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added 3 months ago

These are the best chocolate chip cookies that I've tasted in a long time and they're just different enough and good enough to rival the local bakery,
http://buddingbaketress...

Trust me on this one. These were the hands-down favorite at our last bake sale.

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added 3 months ago

Maybe stay away from cookies, or at least the type sold next door. I do know a great cranberry, nut, coconut jumble from Fine Cooking everyone loves. My "go to" impress treat lately is a shortbread with apricot filling, similar to a recent genius recipe but with almost paste, served cut into small squares, a tiny bit crumbly but can be eaten by hand on a napkin or a plate with fork. Dead simple but seems fancy like from a bakery. What about those fancy shortbreads with caramel and chocolate and nuts? Financiers? But of course everyone loves cupcakes, maybe a stuffed one? If you want either recipe I mentioned just say. I did make a sherry olive oil cake once with cubes of guava paste that was fantastic.

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AntoniaJames

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added 3 months ago

Epi_rolls_1 I gave this for Christmas one year to neighbors, with a jar of jam, and a hunk of superior chocolate:
https://food52.com/recipes...

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https://food52.com/recipes...
These are super easy and can be a breakfast or dessert.

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added 3 months ago

I've really enjoyed making candies lately - some of my favorites have been homemade marshmallows, caramel corn, pumpkin caramels.