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Mary Jane Langer ’79

The oven’s still warm at Oakhouse Bakery, thanks to the UW grads who rescued it from bankruptcy in 1981. The business partners continued to sell cookies on campus until 1995, when sales dipped due to a boom in food carts on Library Mall. By that time, Oakhouse had become a full-line bakery supplying grocery and convenience stores with more than 200 products in addition to custom baking, and the business moved in to a new 25,000-square-foot production plant in Madison.

Today, Oakhouse has a devoted following at the Farmers’ Market on the Square, where the bakery peddles delicious donuts, pastries and breads on the corner of Main and Carroll streets. UW alumni hankering for a three-pack of Oakhouse cookies made from the original recipes — chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, molasses, double chocolate chip and sugar — can satisfy their craving by ordering directly from Oakhouse at oakhousebakery.com.

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