Made on Long Island: Zola Bakes in Central Islip

Samantha Zola started her business, Zola Bakes, in 2017.

News 12 Staff

May 9, 2023, 9:39 AM

Updated 348 days ago


Are you thinking about sending something sweet to mom for Mother's Day?
One local business owner has been baking her own sweet treats by putting a modern twist on the classic Italian rainbow cookie.
News 12's Jenn Seelig takes us to Zola Bakes in Central Islip for this week's Made on Long Island.
Samantha Zola started her business, Zola Bakes, in 2017. 
"It's a new edge rainbow cookie that is super moist, has a delicious high quality chocolate drip on top that you won't be able to find anywhere else," says Zola.
The Dix Hills mom always had a sweet tooth. After college, she went to pastry school in Chicago and later worked as a baker in well-known NYC establishments.
Zola moved to Florida and baked rainbow cookies in her apartment. That's when Zola Bakes started.
In 2018, she moved back home to Long Island to follow her dream.
"Growing up and having rainbow cookies at all my family events, it's nice to be able to have a cookie that represents Long Island and New York and being able to share that with everyone else," says Zola.
At first, everything was done by hand. Now the baking process looks like a piece of cake.
Making the cookies stand out, that's the icing on the cake. Most cookies have a heavy drizzled dark chocolate touch that is topped with glitter and sprinkles.
The rainbow cookies are shipped nationwide.

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