Plymouth December 2020/January 2021

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N OT E WO RT H Y GIVE

Local gifts are all about sweet eats and a good read. Plymouth residents and businesses have you covered when it comes to unique hostess gifts, holiday presents or stocking stuffers. We culled a few unique items that will we think will score high on the gift satisfaction meter. If any other month screams, “Cookies,” it’s December. With December 4 tagged as National Cookie Day, the month gets off to a sweet start. Plymouth resident Sue Kakuk created Kakookies, nutritious, grab ‘n’ go cookies made with whole grains, plant-based protein and superfood ingredients. Cookie flavors include: almond cranberry, Boundary Waters blueberry, cashew blondie (our editor’s favorite), dark chocolate cranberry and peanut butter chocolate chip. “They are a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite student, outdoors adventurer or busy young adult. We variety packs …” says Sarah Pritzker, brand manager. “Not only are they a super fun way to make your favorite holiday cookie exchange a little healthier,

Shop Kakookies at kakookies.com, amazon.com, Whole Foods, Kowalski’s, Lakewinds Co-op and many others. @Kakookies Kakookies @Kakookies

but they are perfect if you have someone participating with dietary restrictions,” All

macaron baking classes, which take place in your kitchen. “I have done classes from four people to [more than] 20, and it’s a great excuse to get together with friends and family and learn a new art form of making macarons while spending time

In other sweet pronunciation news,

hanging out,” she says. “And since the

of the cookies are vegan and gluten-free,

don’t confuse a macaron (mack-a-ROHN)

class is private, you can relax and maybe

and Boundary Waters blueberry variety is

with a macaroon (mack-a-ROON).

enjoy a few cocktails with your own crew.”

also nut free. —Renée Stewart-Hester

Simply, the first confection is made up of

The three-hour session (four

two cookies, sandwiching a gooey filling.

person minimum) includes a history

The other is generally a mounded cookie

lesson about the macaron, tips and

made with coconut and other ingredients

troubleshooting ideas. (“Most errors

and (sometimes) chocolate.

occur when baking,” she says.)

Nikkolette’s Macarons feature 16 types

Krumheuer lists the chocolate-orange

of gluten free goodness that go a long

macaron as her favorite. What are her

way in elevating your gift-giving game.

go-to ingredients? The answer to that

The Plymouth-based operation offers

is like many things this time of year—a

variety of gift boxes, macaron towers

secret! —RS

and more. Consider the macaron of the month, which includes three, five (one month free) or 10 (one month free) levels. Owner Nikkolette Krumheuer, formerly of Plymouth, says a special holiday-flavor set will also be offered. For shoppers interested in experiential gifts, Krumheuer fits the bill with private

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In addition to nikkolettesmacarons.com, macarons are available at Nikkolette’s Macarons, 3425 Highway 169 N. (Extended holiday hours are in place.) and other spots in the Twin Cities; 651.334.8821 @nikkolettesmacarons Nikkolette’s Macarons @nikkolettesmacs

PHOTOS BY SARAH DOVOLOS, JEANNINE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHY

also offer a number of different gift and