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Kayla Strouf, a local baker, rolls peanut butter cookie dough into a ball on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022 in Buffalo. Strouf said she bakes from about 4 a.m. until the time she goes to bed in order to fulfill all of her holiday orders.

BUFFALO — As Kayla Strouf piped strings of chocolate across the top of nearly four dozen peanut butter cookies this past Saturday, a glob of liquid chocolate leaked out of the top of the piping bag and splattered across her countertop.

As she moved swiftly to clean up the spill, she said the chocolate was just the beginning of the mess that would engulf her and her kitchen by the end of more than 12 hours of cookie baking that day.

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