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<b>Buy This: Enjoy three Southern sweets</b>

Pecan Shortbread from Lucille’s Confections/Provided by Rhonda Hunt
Pecan Shortbread from Lucille’s Confections/Provided by Rhonda Hunt

Time to indulge your inner child with sweet treats from Southern bakeries.

Pecan Shortbread from Lucille’s Confections 

Rhonda Hunt is an East Cobb-based technology professional with a passion for baking. Every Saturday morning you can find her at the Marietta Square Farmers Market selling her handmade shortbread and chocolate chip toffee pecan bark. Hunt named her business Lucille’s Confections after her maternal grandmother, Ruby Lucille Mitchell, someone she credits as a “phenomenal” cook. Hunt began by offering her Original Pecan Shortbread, then branched out with pecan shortbread cookies with bits of toffee, lemon shortbread and chocolate chip toffee pecan bark. Now there are vegan versions of her pecan and lemon shortbread available. She bills her cookies as “insanely good” and they are pretty addictive. They’re perfectly crisp, studded with lots of nuts and have just a bit of salt to compliment the sweet. She’s right. It’s hard to eat just one.

$7.99 per 4-ounce bag for the cookies, $6 per 4-ounce bag for the toffee bark. Available at the Marietta Square Farmers Market, Lucy's Market and online at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LucillesConfections

S’Mores Crispycake from The Crispery 

S’Mores Crispycake from The Crispery
S’Mores Crispycake from The Crispery

The Crispery of Portsmouth, Virginia, sells handmade marshmallow rice treats they call “crispycakes” and ships these nostalgic treats to customers across the country. Would you believe they’ve created more than 50 flavors? Whatever your sweet indulgence, they’ve got a crispycake for you. Pretzel surprise. Rainbow sprinkles. Cookies and cream. Chocolate toffee crunch. Red hots! We ran into the S’mores flavor during a recent shopping trip and couldn’t resist the 3-1/2-inch square slice (2 inches deep!). Densely packed crispy rice and graham crackers held together with marshmallow, then layered with dark chocolate, and the top brûléed? We fell in love. One square was definitely enough for four to share.

$6 per 6-ounce square. Available a Macy's, Lolli and Pops at Perimeter and Northlake Malls, Target cafes and Scoops Ice Cream in Forsyth, McDonough and Monroe. Also available online at https://www.thecrispery.com/. 

Key Lime Cookies from Olde Colony Bakery 

Key Lime Cookies from Olde Colony Bakery/Provided by Jonathan Boncek
Key Lime Cookies from Olde Colony Bakery/Provided by Jonathan Boncek

Olde Colony Bakery of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, has been offering handmade Southern cookie favorites since the 1940s. Their most famous cookie is probably their benne wafer, and while we are fans of that flavor, we have recently been enjoying their Carolina Key Lime Cookies. These bite size cookies, dusted with powdered sugar, have just enough lime flavor to tantalize. We love their tiny size and we love that we can see bits of lime zest in every cookie. There are plenty of other flavors to choose from: ginger, lemon, pecan, pecan and peach, raspberry and cocoa along with a cheese version of their benne wafers. Each is yet another reason the bakery’s been pleasing customers for more than 70 years.

$4.25 per 5-ounce bag, $11.25 per 1-pound bag. Available at Everyday Market, The General Store at Serenbe, The Local Exchange and online at http://www.oldecolonybakery.com/

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