Macarons are something I have recently started making. And before we start arguing macaroon vs. macaron...it is macaron. If you want a little history/terminology on it, click here. I called it macaroon at first because Martha Stewart did...so I thought it had to be right! It wasn't. I personally don't care what you call it or how you spell it...they are little, yummy, and naturally gluten free!
I normally don't do the "fancier" decorated cookies, just because I have such a preference to the frosted sugar cookie in my personal life...but when a customer asked me for bride and groom cookies, I just couldn't pass it up. Give the customers what they want right?! I have an aversion to royal icing...not a fan of the rock hard icing that doesn't taste like anything. But I needed frosting that would harden so I found an alternative that I am happy with and have used for the decorated cookie orders. It tastes and looks good! I don't have a full list of cookies like I do for cupcakes. I just go on a asking basis....you have a cookie you like/want...you ask me...I bake it!
Side note: the holidays are just around the corner and cookie exchanges are very popular. If you have a cookie exchange to attend but don't have the time (or don't want to) make 9 dozen cookies....call me! I'd be more than happy to do it. I also offer cookie decorating kits at Christmas time (includes 2 dozen cookies, 3 colors of frosting, and 3 colors of sprinkles), so order a kit to decorate with the kids, friends, or co-workers. These are also good to order for birthday parties or sleepovers all year round.
(Some popular cookies- sugar cookie cutouts, sugar crackle cookies, peanut butter, cranberry white chocolate oatmeal, chocolate chip, soft ginger, and pumpkin harvest)
Bars- brownies, scotcheroos, chocolate oatmeal bars, raspberry oatmeal bars, pumpkin bars, banana bars, etc
Cinnamon roll muffins (or other muffins)
Chocolate chip cookie dough truffles
Cheesecake- carrot cake cheesecake, New York style cheesecake, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake, etc.
Quick breads- pumpkin, banana, strawberry rhubarb, apple, etc.
Other treats not traditionally found in a bakery that I make at home, just need to test out at the bakery before the holidays:
Homemade marshmallows-want to sell as a kit with homemade cocoa mix
In other words....if you want a sweet treat....I do my best to meet your needs! While cupcakes are the main focus or the bakery and at open days, I want people to be aware there is more to Steph's Sweet Treats. Because not everyone wants cupcakes...what??...crazy...I know!!
I also want to incorporate some other treats here and there at open days so people have a chance to try more goodies! I'm thinking (depending on the month) a whole pie or cake, cookies, small loaves of a quick bread, or individually wrapped bars. Granted, it all depends on the month and how much time I have, but I hope to have a few of these items at the October open day! Don't want to wait for an open day? Order whenever you want!
Thanks for another week of orders! Two more weeks of multi-wedding madness and then I think I can breathe again...I love every minute of it!...except for the dishes :)