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Liverpool baker sells original-recipe cookies for a good cause

The original Sweet Jimmy, which includes walnuts, oatmeal, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. To try it, visit Sweet Jimmy’s Cookies and Confections from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Regional Market.

The original Sweet Jimmy, which includes walnuts, oatmeal, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. To try it, visit Sweet Jimmy’s Cookies and Confections from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Regional Market.

— Indeed, a good number of his cookies come from old family recipes.

“I have a book that my aunt compiled on a disk that’s my grandma’s recipes, her sister’s, and I printed it out one day,” Wachter said. “It’s about 300 pages. I use a lot of them. When people look at cookies, they like old, traditional cookies.”

His trademark cookie? Those famous cutouts.

“My family looks for those, and a lot of people come back for those,” Wachter said. “And I’ve had a lot of people’s cutouts, and I can honestly say that none of them come close. I know the trick, and I’ve told a couple of people, but that’s my little secret.”

His other favorite is a lime and coconut macaroon, a creamy concoction with a lime glaze topped with pistachios.

“They’re fresh, they’re soft and they make your taste buds want another one,” Wachter said.

Sweet Jimmy’s stand is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Regional Market across from Destiny USA. Right now, Sweet Jimmy’s moves around week to week, but Wachter is looking to sign a lease at the Regional Market, which means he’ll have a permanent spot. In addition to the cutouts, macaroons and original Sweet Jimmys, the baker has traditional favorites like oatmeal raisin and Italian chocolate pepper, as well as more intriguing fare, including vegan and gluten-free choices. Sweet Jimmy’s cookies are also available at The Red House and at shows at Jazz Central. That’s where Wachter would like to expand — small shops and restaurants — as well as into your home.

“I love to bake during the holidays, and so do a lot of other people,” he said, “but unfortunately, there are a lot of others who just don’t have time. And hopefully I’ll be the person they’ll go to for their cookies.”

For more information, find Sweet Jimmy’s on Facebook at Facebook.com/pages/Sweet-Jimmys.

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