A few months ago, I spotted a small notice somewhere online about Little Rae's Bakery converting to nut-free. I learned that Little Rae's is a popular and successful commercial bakery in Seattle which produces all natural scones and cookies. Their products are found at many coffee shops and markets around Seattle. Now, their products are all peanut-free, nut-free, and are available online with shipping in the U.S.
I had the opportunity to speak to the owner, James Morse, and correspond with him through email a number of times over the last few months. He himself is allergic to peanuts and legumes, and is very aware of the risks of cross-contamination. He described the great efforts they made to convert to nut-free. Everything--from ceiling to floor--every nook and cranny was cleaned and then tested for peanut allergen. The suppliers of the ingredients for all of Little Rae's products have verified that the ingredients are peanut-free and nut-free, and have provided written statements to certify that fact. Recipes were changed. According to Little Rae's says no to nuts, an article in the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, business actually decreased due to the elimination of the few nut-containing products Little Rae's used to make. Once the word gets out about Little Rae's nut-free products, I imagine that will quickly change.
I was fortunate enough to be able to try many varieties of the cookies Little Rae's makes and now sells online. Our cookie order included chocolate chip, ginger twinkle, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, snicker doodle and butterfly shortbread. It is such a treat to eat a delicious bakery cookie that is nut-free. The adults in the family especially enjoyed the ginger twinkle cookies and the oatmeal cookies. The kids preferred the butterfly shortbread. The cookies were all excellent and also were a great size; not tiny little crunchy cookies. They're perfect to treat yourself and they'd make great gifts too!
Little Rae's Bakery may be found online at www.littleraesbakery.com or you can telephone them at 1.866.954.9750. If you live near Seattle, you can also pick up your order in person.