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Are there any schools left that haven’t gone nut-free? If there are a few left, I am surprised, and feeling a little badly for the kids who are sitting at the nut-free lunch table (though perhaps at this point there is a special room for kids who just can’t move on from their PBJs?).

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I take all of this very seriously – I have horrible nut allergies myself, and have all my life, but when I was a kid I was definitely unusual, and very self-conscious about how I deal with my restrictions. Birthday parties were scary, bake sales were a no-go. But now, we parents have been tasked with bringing in only nut-free baked goods, so that every kid can dig in without worry.

9 Nut-Free Baking Recipes

Here are 9 nut-free treats that will leave nothing behind in the taste and texture department.

Crystallized Ginger Shortbread

Crystallized Ginger Shortbread

When butter meets crystallized ginger, wonderful things happen.

Fudgy One-Pot Brownies

Best One-Pot Fudgy Brownies

These are the best brownies I have ever made, and I've made them hundreds of times. They have the kind of fudgy chocolatiness that wimpy people say is too chocolaty – silly little rabbits.

Best Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies

Best Soft Chewy Sugar Cookies

Simple, unshow-offy sugar cookies are not to be understimated.

Stack of Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Big Fat Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If cookies were to elect their king, it would undoubtedly be the chocolate chip cookie.

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Mini Banana Bread Loaves

8 adorable little loaves for the price of one recipe.

Best Pumpkin Bread

Best Pumpkin Bread

All of 10 minutes to get into the oven. Two, three or even four days after you make this, it will still be as moist and flavorful as it was on day one.

One Pot Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

One Pot Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

These chewy little squares can be make with whatever jam in in your pantry or strikes your fancy.

Gingersnaps on a plate, a table, and wrapped in parchment paper.


The warm smell of these spices makes the whole house a little happier.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman /

One-Pot Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a straight up brownie, but when you experience chocolate that packing heat, that’s a game changer.

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