This jobless engineer became ‘Cookie Lady’

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.

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The New England Dessert Showcase


The New England Dessert Showcase is one of the most popular boutique dessert shows in the country.

Every fall it brings established and budding food and beverage companies together so consumers can sample all of their treats in one great afternoon! Based on feedback by exhibitors, consumers and media personnel at the 2012 Showcase, Cookie Lady Treats won the Best Cookie Award.

You’re Next Dessert Obsession: Cookie Lady Treats

Sweet Salty Goodness

It’s difficult to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a freshly baked, warm cookie. It’s even more difficult to find someone locally who makes them upon order requests and attends your local farmer’s market. Well my Boston area friends, your search is over; meet Cookie Lady Treats of Maynard, MA.

I met the local baker at her house (aka the bakery), and upon walking in the door the aromas of chocolate, vanilla and a little coconut filled the air. Her kitchen contained sheets upon sheets of cookies fresh out of the oven, and I was excited to be where all the cookie magic happens.

Cookie Lady Treats, also known as Laura, is all about offering a variety of creative flavors and ingredient combinations, such as Piña Colada and Chocolate Potato Chip (the ultimate sweet & salty combo). The baking began as a just a summer project two years ago. She made these innovative cookies and brought them to the Maynard farmer’s market where she discovered people loved them and wanted more.

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At the Boston Local Food Festival


“Laura Weinstein from Cookie Lady Treats must have checked the weather beforehand and had come prepared with perhaps the best hot chocolate I have ever tasted….and yes, that includes L.A. Burdick’s! (Gasp!) It was rich and decadent, but not too thick or sweet and best of all? It came topped with a homemade marshmallow, which melted into a delightful layer of thick, gooey sugar ”

Cookie Lady Treats was also voted the Readers Choice Award for best bakery in Maynard! Thank you to all of you who voted for us!

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I Train, Therefore I Eat


“After a bit more walking around, of course we had to also try some sweets (because what is a food festival without some home made baked goods?). We settled on The “Everything” Cookie from Cookie Lady Treats, accompanied by hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow. The cookie was so ridiculously good; it just might be one of the best cookies I’ve ever had. And the hot chocolate? Out of this world. It was so decadent though, it took 4 of us to finish that one small cup because it was so rich. However, with the afternoon turning colder by that point, it was a nice ending point to our delicious day of treats.”


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The Sweeter Side of Things with Cookie Lady Treats!

In the kitchen and in life, I tend to gravitate towards the sweeter side of things. So it was with great pleasure that I perused the Cookie Lady Treats website, picking out recipe after recipe that I was determined to replicate in my own kitchen. Laura Weinstein of Cookie Lady Treats is the kind of woman who inspires you to follow your passions – because that’s exactly what she did when she founded Cookie Lady Treats. She followed a career trajectory that I can only dream of, starting a baking business using locally sourced ingredients, and creating delicious masterpieces. I asked Laura a myriad of questions about her interest in the Boston Local Food Festival (BLFF), her participation in this year’s festival, and how she makes such outrageous (and unique!) cookies.

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