I’m not writing this post just because Emily, the baker/owner of Goldilocks Goodies, is the sweetest ever. I mean, it’s part of the reason. But she is also one of the only gluten free bakers in DC, so she would deserve a post even if I didn’t love her.
Emily uses high-quality ingredients and imaginative recipes to make some delicious baked goods. Like these adorable gingerbread men:
Or these herb flatbreads that I used to sop up some homemade soup.
Yesterday I picked up a slice of chocolate gingerbread made with candied ginger from her stand at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market (every Saturday from 9am-1pm until December 15th).
I’ve also had her cookies: chewy, simple, and addictive.
She’s now selling jars of gluten free baking mixes (would make a great holiday gift).
Find out where to buy her goodies in the DC area on her website.
Find Goldilocks Goodies on Twitter.
This bar from Baked and Wired warrants it’s own post. If I was a poet, I would write an ode to it to declare my undying devotion to its caramely goodness.
That’s a caramel blondie with a thick layer of caramel on top, full of chocolate chips, and topped with chocolate and peanut butter chips.
It’s buttery, chewy, and the kind of baked good you need to pace yourself with. You better believe I obnoxiously ate this and crinkled the wax paper during the movie I went to after – I just couldn’t stop myself.
Both times I’ve been to Baked and Wired the non-gluten free friends I’ve been with have liked my gluten free treat better than their own. So there.
A baked good that probably isn’t as good, but I’ve never seen before, so I thought I’d share, are these mini pound cakes from Jennie’s Gluten Free Bakery. They also have these cakes in raisin and marble flavors, which sound more up my alley than plain. I can imagine using these to make strawberry shortcakes pretty easily though.
As you can see, I did not make a New Year’s resolution to cut down on sweets
This weekend I did some shopping in Georgetown, and I shop best on a steady fuel of sugar and coffee. I’d heard that Baked and Wired carried gluten free baked goods, so I decided to go and see what was on the menu. I wish that their online menu was separated for gluten free items so I knew what to expect, but I decided to take a chance and go anyway.
And boy am I glad I did.
The first thing that caught my eye was a strawberry and chocolate cupcake. But, that’s not really my style.
Then I asked if they had anything else that was gluten free and they pointed me to this.
The best gluten free baked good I’ve had in DC. And in my top ten gluten free desserts I’ve ever had. Not exaggerating.
Caramel blondie, chock full of peanuts, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and caramel sauce. Insanely rich and buttery, chewy, and full of fun toppings.
I savored every bite, and pulled out some will power to save half of it for later.
Do you see that giant lump of caramel? And drool a bit? Yeah, I thought so.
They also had flourless peanut butter cookies. But who would get that when there’s the blondie from heaven available?
Their coffee is also great – I had an Americano made with Stumptown espresso. The guys who work there are a bit smug, but I overlooked it as I was too busy stuffing my mouth with caramel to care.
Baked and Wired
1052 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Washington, DC 20007