2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Celebrate With Baked Goods From DFW

Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses here in DFW. For the twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Baked Goods Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.

Emporium Pies

by Kevin Hunter Marple

Pie sweetheart, Megan Wilkes, writes:

“We are selling whole pies and gift certificates for the holidays.  Whole pies are $30 each with the exception of the Lord of the Pies which is $40.   Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount and can be redeemed online or in store for whole pies or slices.  Our entire menu is available for for pre order online from now until the 11th of December.  After which, we will cut pre orders to the Merry Berry and the Smooth Operator.  All of our menu will be available on a first come first served basis during open hours.  We will be open our regular business hours with the exception of Monday, December 24 we will be open from 11am-2pm. Beginning Friday December 21st we will have Apple-Cranberry, Pecan, and Pumpkin pies available. Beginning Wednesday December 19th we will have gingerbread and pecan rings ready for pick up.

Our holiday specialties include:

Buttermilk Blitzen –  Our own chai spice blend adds a holiday twist to our classic buttermilk pie.

The Snowball – Coconut lovers stop here! Flaky crust filled with creamy coconut custard, and our house whipped cream topped with crunchy toasted coconut.

The Merry Berry –  It’s like a chess pie and a cranberry muffin had a baby. Sweet and tart, unique and delicious. Whether for breakfast or dessert, this pie is one of our new favorites

The rest of our menu is:

The Drunken Nut: Bourbon pecan with shortbread crust

The Smooth Operator: French silk chocolate with pretzel crust

The Lord of the Pies: Deep dish apple pie with house made caramel and cinnamon struesel

The Cloud 9: Three layer cream pie with caramel, butterscotch custard, and dark brown sugar meringue.

photo by Carol Shih

Oh* Brownie

I can’t tell you how obsessed I am with Iris McCallister’s Oh* Brownie line. I have a love affair wtih the PB & Jealousy, which is made from gourmet peanut butter minus the preservatives. It’s rich, gooey, chocolatey, and all things that are good in this world. Mrs. McCallister currently has this deal going on: special all week, get a holiday gift box of 12 mini brownies for $25.00. (Shipping and delivery not included with the discount.)

You  can also drop by Bolsa Mercado and pick these up brownies up individually. They’re right near the cash register, and, like I already said on ShopTalk, they make perfect stocking stuffers.

Wackym’s Cookies

Mr. Sweet P. Wackym writes: “We do a Snicker Doodle as our holiday special flavor, a butter cookie with a sweet, cinnamon and spicy finish. If you are a fan of our Chocolate Snicker Doodle, you’ll love these. Also as a limited run this month we have, Walnut Spice, a pumped up spice cookie with an extra pop of heat. Central Market has the Snicker Doodle, and the other favorites, but at the local markets and smaller stores we have all 12 of the flavors we are making this time of the year.

The round tubs are around $6.50, the gift tins $18.00; we also offer assembled gifts ranging from the $36.00 sampler box of treats, which holds 56 cookies in 7 flavors to the Bountiful Goodness basket for $95.00 for the luxury cookie, chocolate and nut mix lover. It has 9 flavors in assorted tins.”

Chocolate Snicker Doodle – chocolate goodness with a sweet & spicy finish
Cornmeal Rosemary Shortbread – fresh rosemary in a buttery sweet cookie
Ginger Orange – fresh ginger & Valencia orange snaps
Lemon – a snappy crunch & fresh lemony burst
Margarita – fresh lime & sea salt
Mocha Chocolate Chip – double chocolate with espresso nibs
Oatmeal Walnut Currant – rich with old fashioned honey
Peanut Crunch – whole peanuts & peanut butter
Salted Caramel – brown sugar & sea salt
Salted Sour Lemon (seasonal) – fresh lemon & sea salt with and extra tangy finish
Snicker Doodle (seasonal) – creamy with a sweet & spicy finish
Walnut Spice (seasonal) – Gingerbread spice with a kick

White chocolate mint bark, dark choc mendiant bark, and walnut raisin clusters (photo by Carol Shih)

Kathy’s Scrumptious Treats

Kathy Zibilich, a lawyer-turned baker, came to our office yesterday armed with a box of her scrumptious treats. I hate to use the word ‘scrumptious,’ but it’s really the only way to describe her chocolate barks. They are divine and so terribly addicting, which really isn’t helping me any. But whatever. I like them. Her orange spice pecans aren’t over-candied, and they’ve got a delightful zest to them.

The 12 Days of Food Gifts

Day One: Cheese

Day Two: Candy

Day Three: Tamales

Day Four: Baked Goods

Day Five: Drinkables

Day Six: Cook Books

Day Seven: Cooking Classes

Day Eight: Jams and Pickles

Day Nine: Gift Cards and Gift Boxes

Day Ten: Meats

Day Eleven: Gifts That Give Back

Day Twelve: Juice Cleanses

Need more gift ideas? See Raya’s guide on ShopTalk.