Gourmet cookies with Belgian chocolate, soft biscotti, mixed berry crumb tarts, roasted granola—these are only a sampling of the sweet treats sold by Chef Cynthia Ann and her mother, Marilyn, at the La Plata Farmers Market. Cynthia has spent years perfecting her chocolate chunk cookie, and her passion has evolved into a line of gourmet products made of all-natural ingredients and no preservatives.
“We do a gourmet line of cookies using Belgian chocolate, not chips,” said Cynthia. “You taste these cookies, and they’re just wonderful puddles of chocolate.” Ingredients also include high-quality vanillas and fresh eggs. Their granola is a best-seller as well, along with soft biscotti. “You shouldn’t have to see a dentist after you eat biscotti,” Cynthia says. “We make it just soft enough, but it holds up.” They also have gluten-free options like peanut butter cookies.
The local farmers’ fruits and vegetables sometimes make it into recipes. “Last year during zucchini season, we made a tart that tasted like an apple pie, and people can’t wait for zucchini season to come back,” said Cynthia. “We also use fresh fruits and berries.”
Cynthia Ann Desserts was at the Waldorf Farmers Market for five years, and last year, moved to the La Plata market. They love the family atmosphere and fresh produce. “We can count on each other,” says Cynthia. “I can talk to my buddy, Tom (K & T Kettlecorn and Produce), who might have some sweet potatoes, or the Bowlings (C.H. Bowling Produce) for fresh veggies and fruits. And, we use those things.” Their customers like knowing that fresh, local ingredients are in their baked goods.
They have a customer base that follows them and were recently nominated by the Maryland Independent for “Best Bakery” in Southern Maryland for 2018. They were the only ones who didn’t have a brick and mortar store.
Cynthia Ann Desserts is at the La Plata Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. They also cater for events and ship orders. Check out their website at www.CynthiaAnnDesserts.com or their growing Facebook page for more info. Better yet, come out and visit them at the Farmers Market!