A good quest is nothing without an off-the-beaten-path wildcard. For that, there is Yalla Sweets. Founded by native Houstonian Brigitte Zabak, this home-based baking business opens up a whole new world to the cookie aficionado. The true test of a good baker or chef is to ask them to make their least complex dish, so I asked for a batch of their good ole sugar cookies. Brigitte uses her own secret recipe (I tried to get her drunk, but she wouldn’t tell me) and her sugar cookies come in all shapes and sizes, even Texas-shaped ones. I brought her batch to work with me and they were gone within hours — I ate a dozen myself.
"3. Yalla Sweets: From buttery jam thumbprints to incredibly addictive coconut cornflake crunch cookies and circus animals cookies with holiday sprinkles, home baker Yalla Sweets knocked our socks off with her creative sweets."