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full-fledged baking business in 2015, after moving to Midlothian two years earlier in 2013. “When we came here I thought this would be an amazing opportunity and a great place to have a bakery, especially since all the wedding venues are opening up around us,” Hardin acknowledged Midlothian’s charm.

“My chocolate chip cookies are from my great-grandmother’s recipe that my sister and I made with her and know by heart. So we don’t skimp on the butter at all, and we’re not the place to come for New Year’s resolutions,” Hardin laughed. “I use my family’s recipes a lot.”

“I wanted a wedding boutique type situation where brides could come in and have a classy wedding cake experience,” she added.

Active in the community, Hardin’s trustworthy reputation has been proven through her active involvement with several organizations throughout the year.

From home-style cookies to scrumptious cupcakes, and decadent wedding cakes, Doolee’s Baking Company opened a storefront that’s tucked off of East Highway 287.

As stated in a previous Daily Light article, Hardin is a member of the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, serving on the Wine and Arts Festival Subcommittee, a supporter of Midlothian Heritage High Football Program, and frequently donates products for various charity auctions to firefighters and the police department.

“I grew up with my dad’s mom always cooking, and we always said ‘the more butter, the better,’ and you just don’t see that anymore,” Hardin recognized. “Everything is so commercialized, you don’t really see a lot of the home-style baking anymore, and that’s what I focus on.” Though the business is young, the quality of service and goodies made would say otherwise, as Hardin explains the secret to her success.

Adding to her baking repertoire, Hardin was also recognized in Ellis County’s “40 Under 40 Business Professionals” of this year. “My stepdad told me about it [40 Under 40], and he was like ‘Hey, I just want to let you know you might be getting a call. I wanted this to be a complete sur-

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January 2018 business journal  

January 2018 business journal