Lisa Mae Cakes & Cookies will be demoing their new line of gluten-free frozen cookie dough at the Whole Foods in Duluth on Saturday, May 3 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 4 from 12:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Both days will feature bite-size samples of their White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Cranberry cookies. Each package of cookies contains a dozen pre-formed dough balls that bake up in minutes. The cookies are crisp on the edges and gooey in the middle, which is my perfect texture because they taste homemade.
Lisa Shepley, owner of Lisa Mae Cakes & Cookies, developed their line of gluten-free cakes (coming soon) and cookies about two years ago. Her father-in-law was a diagnosed celiac and the family was disappointed with what was available on store shelves. Lisa has operated a custom cake business for years, so she couldn't understand what was so hard about making a gluten-free version of a cake/cookie that had the right texture, was loaded with flavor, and didn't have a gritty or unpleasant aftertaste.
Lisa did a lot of experimenting with gluten-free flours and although she was close to perfecting the recipe, she felt something was missing. One fateful day, an ingredient was left out that she thought was crucial to the recipe. When the cake was done and sampled, she realized the recipe had been perfected, but not by adding ingredients, rather by leaving one out.
Lisa Mae Cakes & Cookies are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility and the company is moving towards obtaining gluten-free certification. The company's products are approved for the entire southeast region of Whole Foods, so look for them at a store near you soon. Right now, the cookies can only be purchased at the Whole Foods in Duluth.
I will be there Saturday, so come on down and 'try before you buy'. Thank you to Whole Foods for supporting a local gluten-free company!