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Om Nom Bake Studio makes its mark with unique baked goods 

Its "pie for a pie" scheme hopes to put desserts on needy tables this Thanksgiving

There's an art to baking a great cookie, and an art to naming one. Om Nom Bake Studio succeeds with both.

The project of husband-and-wife team Matt and Karla Schroeder, of Lawrenceville, Om Nom specializes in cookies, brownies, bars and pies. 

Om Nom sells its goodies at the Pittsburgh Public Market, Friday through Sunday; online; and through local retailers including Prestogeorge Coffee and Tea, in the Strip, and Delanie's Coffee, in the South Side. 

In the mood for salty and sweet? Try the Porker, a dark-chocolate-and-bacon cookie. Something light? Indulge in the Pinky Splint, an Earl Grey tea butter cookie with lavender-buttercream filling. For a unique cookie, sample the Besto Pesto, made with basil and pine nuts, and with a lime icing

"Pittsburgh is very traditional," says Matt Schroeder. "We're trying to push the boundaries of what people will try." 

And through Thanksgiving, Om Nom has launched the Pie for a Pie program. Buy a 9-inch pie (available in pumpkin, apple crumble, pecan or apple-raisin-bourbon) from Om Nom and the Schroeders will donate one to the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving-dinner program, in McKeesport. Karla worked with the organization as a Girl Scout, "and growing up, she was on the receiving end" of some of the group's services, Matt says. 

"We know how much of a difference it can make," he says. "We want to put some pies on the table for the holidays."

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