In Washington, there is a mountain of keen interest to outdoorsy types called Mount Baker.
But to cake gumshoe-ing types, Bellingham's Mount Bakery is a much more palatable proposition.
This place isn't strictly a bakery--it is also a cafe serving breakfast (including a gorgeous Eggs Benedict, if you're into that savory stuff) and lunch items. But we're here to talk about the sweet stuff right now.
On our recent visit, after the requisite period of analyzing the choices, we settled on some solid choices: the black bottom muffin and the Linzer Cookie.
Now, for those who have not been initiated into the black bottom muffin club, they are basically one of the best muffins out there (with a possible rival in the doughnut muffin), in that they don't even pretend to be healthy: they're largely comprised of cream cheese and chocolate. Dense and moist, taster Nicole commented that she was impressed how the cream cheese taste permeated the entire muffin--definitely a decadent treat.
And as for the Linzer Cookie (the cookie version of the famous tart by the same name)--oh, what a cookie.
For one thing, it already wins points because it's a sandwich cookie--and everyone knows that sandwich cookies are basically the best excuse to eat two cookies at once and not be judged.
But it's even better when the cookies are excellent, like these: they're lightly crumbly (not quite as much as a pecan sandy, say, but slightly more than a sugar cookie), extremely buttery, and nicely complemented with a layer of slightly tart preserves and a sweet layer of confectioners' sugar on top.
(Oh, and as a P.S. -- right next door is a cupcake shop which says "coming soon" called Icing on the Cake!)
Mount Bakery, 308 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA 98225; online at mountbakery.com.