Hanna Bailey is not new to the Owensboro Regional Farmers Market. She is the daughter of Nancy McCormick who owns Blueberries of Daviess County and sells at the market each season.
Together they began making jams to sell as well, and even added baked goods to their selection a few years ago, beginning with cobblers.
“Since I had my first child, I couldn’t work at the farm as much, so I began cooking baked goods for markets,” Bailey said, adding that over the winter months, her “off season,” she began baking cookies that she often shared with family and friends.
Those family members and friends began ordering cookies from her for events, and this gave her the idea.
“I started adding cookies to the menu this year [at the farmers’ market] and they have been a hit,” Bailey said. “So I have just ran with it.”
Bailey specializes in a variety of doozies, which are two cookies with icing in the middle. She even used a play on the words to name her business, Doozie Doez. Using fresh, seasonal fruit to make her icings and cookies, Bailey said that blueberry frosting is her favorite.
Bailey said she is one of the only bakers in town who takes food allergy requests.
“I do sanitize and clean cautiously to prevent cross-contamination,” Bailey said, adding that her regular orders do contain milk, eggs, butter and sometimes nuts. “I work hard to accommodate but advise [clients] to use their own judgment on choosing me.”
Over the years, she has been making cookies for baby showers, birthdays and “just to eat any day.”
“Cookies are so universal. You can eat cookies anywhere, anytime,” Bailey said.
She most enjoys when a child bites into a doozie cookie and tastes the icing in the middle.
“Their immediate smile is contagious,” Bailey said.
Her children inspire her the most on flavors and often provide ideas for her baking.
“Avery [Bailey’s daughter] is a wonderful critic and gives me the best opinions on flavors and what needs to change,” Bailey said.
Bailey hopes to grow into a mobile bakery in a vintage camper over the year, so she can sell more frequently anywhere.
“It is awesome to have a place to call for a batch of treats made from someone local,” Bailey said. “I love that I can make something without all of the preservatives and with ingredients I can pronounce.”
In addition to cookies and doozies, Bailey also makes cakes, pies, cupcakes and edible cookie dough.
“I love a good challenge,” Bailey said.
To order, visit the Doozie Doez Facebook page, send an email or visit Blueberries of Daviess County’s booth at the farmer’s market on Saturdays.