Tis the season for holiday cookies! Bellaire baker, Ruthie Dexter, is a pro at making cookies in Northern Michigan. Here are a couple of her cookie recipes originally published in the December 2015 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, as well as a MyNorth video of Ruthann’s Fancy Frosting Tips!

With her buoyant personality, Ruthie Dexter is fun to be around any time—but folks really cozy up around the holidays when she brings out her homemade cookies. A baking phenom since her Easy-Bake Oven days, by the time Ruthie brought Easter cookies to her colleagues at Shanty Creek Resort several years ago, she’d become so good that her boss asked her why she wasn’t in business.

That was what Ruthie needed to quit her day job and start Ruthann’s Gourmet Bakery in Bellaire. Nowadays, fulfilling orders as larges as 1,000 cookies at a time (for weddings and corporate gigs) is an everyday deal.

Ruthie shared two of her favorite cookie recipes with us:

Watch this MyNorth Media video featuring Ruthie’s fancy frosting tips: 

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Photo(s) by Kris Riley