By Ann Trieger Kurland | Globe Correspondent | November 06, 2012
MAYNARD — If you have two master’s degrees, one in chemical engineering, and can’t find a job, what do you do? The answer for Laura Weinstein: bake cookies. With time on her hands after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Weinstein, 25, pored over cookie recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet. She tested and tweaked, and came up with inventive versions. “I like to put crazy things inside,” she says.
Last summer the entrepreneur launched Cookie Lady Treats and sells homemade goodies at farmers’ markets, shops, and online. “My favorite part is creating combinations,” Weinstein says. The Cookie Lady bakes varieties like pina colada, with dried pineapple soaked in rum, and other cookies that taste like apple pie, mixing together caramel pieces, dried apples, and spices. She offers a spicy, smoky, chipotle chocolate cookie and one with peanut butter studded with pretzels, caramel, and three types of chips: bittersweet, milk, and white chocolate. Weinstein sells close to 40 different kinds, including pumpkin spice, oatmeal raisin, lime, and s’mores oozing with homemade marshmallows. The cookies are thick and chewy, each confection weighing almost 2½ ounces, some with an ounce of chocolate chunks.