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Dozens of Goodies at A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe

By Jake Levin

With a great supply comes greater demand. That's how A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe got can trace its beginnings, when Laura Courtemanche was catering a store opening for a friend in Virginia back in 2004.

A neighboring business inquired if Courtemanche could provide handmade iced sugar cookies to sell in the store, and after nothing but positive feedback, A Dozen Eggs Bake Shoppe was established in Boston, Mass. Today, the cookies are crafted in a tiny bakery in Mount Holly, Vt. Courtemanche believes the success is due to the flexibility of A Dozen Eggs, with orders of almost any size available, not to mention the variety.

"I think the cookies stand out for several reasons," Courtemanche said. "They are 100 percent handmade, making them unique and special. We have been in business for a long time and are good at what we do."

Courtemanche has filled an order for 4,000 cookies in the past, adding the minimum per order is 24 cookies. Flavors and appearances of the cookies are inspired by the seasons, with a cinnamon spiced flavor popular around Valentine's Day and lemon a hot item around Easter. Gingerbread, of course, dominates the Christmas season. Cookies created for the Fourth of July will come with red, white and blue icing.

The signature cookie produced year round is a vanilla bean flavored goodie, which itself can take on any number of templates.

"New cookie designs can come from anywhere," Courtemanche said. "Wrapping paper, magazines and cards are always a good source of inspiration."

If there's one seasonal cookie Courtemanche enjoys baking above all others, it's the Halloween version. Like with the costumes which commemorate the holiday, Courtemanche enjoys taking great creative license with the treats.

"Halloween cookies are probably our favorite cookies to make," she said. "It's a mixture of bright, fun colors with array of simple/complex and fun/scary designs that can be enjoyed by kids and adults make the design possibilities endless."

Galleries of the cookies are visible on the company's website, www.adozeneggs.com. Other information, such as pricing, is also available on the site.

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