In this space between now and Christmas, I’ll be featuring local food artisans whose products may make good holiday presents or hostess gifts.
Michelle Stees, 48, of Raleigh, has had a side business as a baker for many years. The latest incarnation of that business is Monster Cookies & Cakes.
In my humble opinion, the cookies are really the thing to buy. They are enormous and could feed four people. Being bigger, they succeed where other cookies fail: they are crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy inside.
Stees offers 13 flavors including sugar, lemon, coconut, sweet tea, ginger spice, three nut butter, mint chocolate, chocolate orange, mocha, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, happy trails and a monster bar, a signature seven-layer cookie.
The cookies cost $4 each, three for $10 or $36 for a dozen. She offers free delivery in Raleigh. Delivery is available elsewhere in the Triangle for a fee.
Stees also sells at the Midtown Raleigh Farmers Market on Saturday mornings. To order, call 919-673-6018 or go to monstercookiesandcakes.com.
Photo by staff photographer Juli Leonard.