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I am planning an engagement party for friends of mine and thought I would do a dessert reception. While I plan to do much of the baking myself, I can't do all of it. I used to be able to get some nice cookies at the Pepperidge Farm Outlet stores, but alas they are all gone. Any recommendations for where to get quality treats in quantity at reasonable prices? I live in Rockville, so NOVA and Baltimore are a bit far. Thanks in advance!

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  1. We just had some ginger cookies from of all places Ikea in College Park. They were pretty darn good and you can get a big box. They also had some sort of chocolate dipped cookie too.

    1. You'll have to check to see if this place is still there, but there is/was an Entenmann's Bakery Outlet on Rockville Pike in the Sunshine Center. They might have what you need.

      1. I'm assuming that you were looking for something like a Pepperidge Farm Milano, or Bordeaux. Try IKEA in College Park. They have those crispy lace cookies with chocolate in the middle. They also have these surprisingly good cookies in a roll. If you want to spend a bit more, try the cookies at Costco in Gaithersburg.

        If I were in the same situation, I might take a lower priced butter cookie and try dipping it in some chocolate and nuts.

        Good luck!

        1. Recently Sniders in Silver Spring has been selling large assortments of treats from Uptown Bakers for reasonable prices--3.95 for a largish box if memory serves. Some boxes are more oriented to breakfast pastries, others are mostly cookies and cakes. Several of these might fill out your platters.

          1. Bagel City on Rockville Pike has delish traditional tea cookies.

            1. The frozen cream puffs at Costco are surprisingly good. I think they sell smaller boxes of them at Shoppers too. Also, check out Rodman's for imported biscuits.

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              1. re: DCDeb

                those ARE good! I've had them unthawed and they're a lil' addictive.

                1. re: DCDeb

                  I agree with DCDeb and Jesert. Those frozen cream puffs are downright addictive! They also make a nice eclair version, with chocolate.

                2. Costco has a ton of great cakes, pastries, sweets but they are huge. You can always cut them down to size.