The last-minute rush is on for many bakeries throughout the Southern Tier. As bakers prepare hundreds of sweet treats to be picked up for the holidays. Our Carmella Mataloni has more on the story.
BROOME COUNTY, N.Y. -- "We are baking sometimes eight or nine hours a day at least trying to get ready for these cookie orders, it's a lot of work but it's worth it," said Dawn Hill, Dawn's Cakes Owner.
Only one year into business, Dawn's Cakes in Endicott is still new to the holiday rush.
After making a number of cookies and cupcakes, owner Dawn Hill says the biggest challenge is not knowing how many orders will come in on any given day.
"You try to anticipate as best as you can. We probably had about 30 orders so far and I think that is great for being a small cake shop. We have baked probably about 1,000 cookies at least," Hill added.
Not so new to the holiday baking scene, but certainly adding some new character to their holiday goods this year is Baked Euphoria in Endwell.
The bakery got a makeover back in September after being selected to go on TLC's Bakery Boss, which will air next year.
Owner Bonni Phelps says this has been their busiest holiday yet.
"It's been really good this year," said Bonni Phelps, Baked Euphoria Owner.
The bakery has seen such a demand in orders that they even had to open extra days and add more hours just to get all the orders done.
"We have actually been trying to do some calculations of how many pounds of cookies and we have determined that we have made about 500 pounds of cookies," said Phelps.
While there are hundreds of cookies are made over the holiday season, one of the most popular ones is the Kolache cookie, it's a walnut and sugar cookie and just this holiday season they've already made over 9,000.
"The Kolache, we use a yeast dough and it has chopped walnuts and egg and sugar and just goodness," Phelps went on to say.
Both bakeries tell us while the next 24 hours will be a little hectic, they won't stop until that last order is picked up.