Sweet Treats to Make This Weekend

SWEET TREATS: If you're readying for a weekend of holiday baking, keep in mind that there's more to life than those same old sugar cookies with the red sprinkles. "Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented" ($29.95) dishes up 75 delish twists on popular goodies that have been seeing a hip resurgence lately -- need we say more about whoopie pies? Recipes also include Mississippi Mud Pie, Black & White Cookies, and Devil's Food Cake with Angel Frosting. GET IT: Red Barn Merchantile, 113 S. Columbus St., Alexandria.

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