View the winners of the 2013 Editors Choice Food Awards — Baked Goods Category.
Chococoa Baking Company
There’s real greatness in
these mini-pies from husband-and-wife team Alan Mons and Julie Ganong. The secret is in the filling, which is made with real (local) butter instead of the usual vegetable shortening. The flavors are richer, too—our favorites are classic chocolate/vanilla, lemon, and chocolate with salted-caramel filling. One little pie (a modest 130 calories) really satisfies.
Suggested Retail Price: $5.58 per package of 3
Where to Find It: Tannery Mill in Newburyport; many gourmet and specialty stores around Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Smolak Farms in North Andover, MA; and online at: chococoabaking.com
Vermont Moonlight Cookies
Barbara Bacchi starts with quality ingredients (many local) and cuts each cookie into its signature leaf shape by hand. Each buttery, melt-in-your-mouth cookie seems to transport you to the heart of the Green Mountain State.
Suggested Retail Price: $4.60 per 4 ounces
Where to Find It: Stores throughout Vermont, including Vermont Country Deli in Brattleboro; Middlebury Natural Foods Coop in Middlebury; City Market in Burlington; and online at: vermontmoonlightcookies.com
Chunky and chewy, these palm-size treats baked by Terri Horn on Cape Cod are the “subtly sweet but curiously salty” stuff of big-cookie dreams. Try the original oat with raisins, Belgian chocolate with coconut, or chocolate-chunk pecan. Each cookie is topped with a sprinkling of coarse salt, for the extra flavor pop they deserve.
Suggested Retail Price: $14 per pack of 6
Where to Find It: Specialty shops around southern New England, including Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA; Joppa Fine Foods in Newburyport, MA; Windfall Market in Falmouth, MA; at most Whole Foods; and online at: kayakcookies.com
PEPPERMINT WHOOPIE PIE CAKE
Cranberry Island Kitchen
The baking team of Carol Ford and Karen Haase first won acclaim for their lobster- and clam-shaped whoopie pies (they beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a televised bake-off). But we’re wowed by their four-layer cakes, like this tower of rich chocolate sandwiched with layers of peppermint frosting and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies—a perfect holiday centerpiece.
Suggested Retail Price: $42 per 6-inch cake (serves 10)
Where to Find It: Cranberry Island shop in Freeport or online at: cranberryislandkitchen.com
Jan’s Farmhouse Crisps
Wafer-thin and studded with slivers of cranberries, flax seeds, pistachios, and roasted pumpkin seeds, Jan Gorham’s artful and flavorful crisps are both delicate and sturdy, making them an elegant addition to your holiday hostess gift or hors d’oeuvres spread.
Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 per 4 ounces
Where to Find It: Specialty shops including Harvest Market in Stowe, VT; Garden Market in Londonderry, VT; Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, MA; and online at: jansfarmhousecrisps.com
Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Hearty and crisp with the perfect balance of salty-meets-sweet, Effie’s buttery, wholesome oatcakes—created by Joan MacIsaac and Irene Costello from a farmhouse recipe passed down from Joan’s mother, Effie—are at home on both the cheese plate and the tea tray. Other addictive flavors include pecan nut with wildflower honey, and corn with a hint of anise.
Suggested Retail Price: $6 per 7.2 ounces
Where to Find It: Specialty shops throughout the country, including Hannah Grimes in Keene, NH; City Feed & Supply in Jamaica Plain, MA; Grafton Village Cheese in Grafton and Brattleboro, VT; and online at: effieshomemade.com
All photos/art by Michael Piazza