Cookie News - Archive 2012

Cookie Recipe Memorialized On Gravestone
Quad City Times, December 26, 2012
      Family members of a northeast Iowa woman wanted a special way to remember her after she died, so they chose a way that seemed most fitting: with a family recipe for sugar cookies. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that the recipe for "Mom's Christmas Cookies" is inscribed on the back of Maxine Menster's gravestone at a cemetary in Cascade. The recipe has marked her grave for nearly a decade. Her daughter, Jane Menster of rural Bernard, says she and her father were searching for a way to remember their mother's generosity. She says the sugar cookie recipe serves as a reminder of her mother's love, and an enduring holiday tradition for their family. Maxine Menster died on Sept. 26, 1994. She was 68 years old.

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipes
Huffington Post, December 22, 2012
      It's no secret that the holidays are notorious for expanding your waistline. One of the biggest culprits: all of those delicious sweets! But the truth is, your weight doesn't have to succumb to the sugar-filled and calorie-laden treats. Making smart ingredient swaps can help you still enjoy your holiday favorites - minus the morning after guilt. We gave some favorite baked goods a healthy makeover just in time for the holidays.

Why It's Good That Christmas Cookies Taste So Bad
Time, December 19, 2012
      Generally my first instinct is to cringe when I hear the words "Christmas cookies." It's not that I don't like cookies; one look at me, and you can see that much is untrue. Nor am I foot soldier in the war on Christmas, that laughable chimera. No, the problem is that Christmas cookies, at least the traditional ones, are almost always bad. Now, I know this shouldn't matter.

Friendship and Cookies
South County Times, December 14, 2012
      If you remember Christmas of 1972, you affixed an 8-cent stamp to your cards, maybe written while watching "All in the Family" or humming Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman." The hot toys were the Easy Bake Ovem, Crissy and Velvet dolls, and Toss Across. Apollo 17 had just made the last visit to the moon, and President Richard Nixon was hoping a little issue called Watergate would go away. It might have been 40 years and a lifetime ago, but Judy Wood and Jean Berry remember that Christmas well. They were among the young families on Raintree Court - a relatively new neighborhood of Fenton in 1972. That's when the women of Raintree decided their little corner of South County needed a festive way to meet their neighbors.

A Juicy New Way To Color Cookies Without Chemicals
Mercury News, December 13, 2012
      Put Nancy Baggett's "au naturel" holiday cookies next to more traditional ones, and the difference is hard to miss. Her cookies whisper with soft pastels; the others shout. Baggett relishes the comparison. "Everybody else does the same-old, same-old: the bright Christmas green and Christmas red," she says. "The fact that these are different makes them really eye-catching." Baggett's newest book, "Simply Sensational Cookies" (Wiley, 2012; on the Food setion's list of recommended cookbooks this year), introduces the au naturel methods she's so proud of. It's cookie decoration for the rest of us - those who weren't born with a silver piping tip in their hand.

Christmas Cookies Decorated By Instagram
The Washington Post, November 29, 2012
      As Instagram's staggering Thanksgiving Day traffic exemplified, we love snapping and sharing photos of our holiday food. Impressive turkey? Looks even better with an Inkwell filter. Emily Dubner and her team at Baking for Good, an online bakery based in New York, noted this trend and turned it on its head. Customers can send Dubner filtered shots, which she turns into edible treats with soy ink and fondant-topped sugar cookies.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Coming To A KFC Near You
The Daily Meal, November 28, 2012
      Kentucky Fried Chicken is offering a Festive Feast this holiday season, including eight pieces of the Colonel's famous fried chicken, two home-style sides, four flakey biscuits, and a new, unexpected item - a dozen chocolate chip cookies. KFC's taking a welcome step into sweet treats with classic chocolate chip, but they've also developed Original Recipe Cookies - that is, they're adding Original Recipe fried chicken seasoning to chocolate chip cookies.

Kansas City Doctor Discovers 'Milk and Cookie Disease'
KCTV5, November 8, 2012
      The tightly scheduled lives of American children, packed with school, sports and other activities, are being linked to a serious health condition discovered by a Kansas City physician. Dr. Julie Wei's groundbreaking work suggests longer nights and later dinners are to blame for a new illness she is calling the "milk and cookie disease."

This Jobless Engineer Became 'Cookie Lady'
The Boston Globe, November 6, 2012
      If you have two master's degrees, one in chemical engineering, and can't find a job, what do you do? The answer for Laura Weinstein: bake cookies. With time on her hands after graduating from the University of Massachusetts Loweel, Weinstein, 25, pored over cookie recipes in cookbooks and on the Internet. She tested and tweaked, and came up with inventive versions. "I like to put crazy things inside," she says. Last summer the entrepreneur launched Cookie Lady Treats and sells homemade goodies at farmers' markets, shops and online. "My favorite part is creating combinations," Weinstein says.

Why Michelle Matters A Litle More To Me Than Barack
Huffington Post, November 6, 2012
      Will it be the white and dark chocolate chip cookies or the M&M cookies? For days, I anxiously awaited the results. Which cookie would win the critical, and seemingly prophetic, Family Circle magazine first lady cookie contest? The magazine has correctly predicted the results of four out of five elections and this year's winner, by the slightest of margin, was first lady Michelle Obama for her chocolate chip based recipe (in 2008 she submitted a recipe for lemon and orange shortbread cookies and lost the bake-off contest, but won the White House, go figure).

Florida Company Packs Pharmaceutical Dose of Omega-3s Into Cookies
NutraIngredients-USA.com, October 16, 2012
      A Florida company is offering omega-3s in a unique form - in a cookie - at a pharmaceutcial dosage level. The cookies boast 2 grams of EPA and DHA per serving (split evenly between the two), a dose that equals the level of a blood triglyceride-lowering drug for which the Norwegian pharmaceutical company, Pronova, just received approval in Japan. The cookies are the brainchild of the husband and wife team of Bo Martinsen M.D. and Anne-Marie Chalmers M.D. Part of the motivation for founding their company, Omega3 Innovations, based in Venice, Florida, came from experiences they had in their own medical practice.

Cookies Monster Crater on Mercury
UniverseToday.com, October 12, 2012
      Big Bird has been grabbing all the headlines lately, and its time for another muppet to get a little face time. So, here's Cookie Monster's face, plastered across the surface of Mercury. Well, it looks like it anyway.

Cookies Made With 'Cookie Butter' Have Great Texture and Flavor
AnnArbor.com, October 10, 2012
      My friend Kate recently wrote to me about a little something called "cookie butter." Seems The Organic Gypsy - who offers amazing food at her truck on the west side of the state - had apparently baked a cake with this amazing substance, but I'd missed the post. So thankfully Kate wrote: "Living in the sticks as I do, I'd never heard of cookie butter, but the description of it had my brain doing its best Cookie Monster imitation: COOKie butter? COOKIE BUTTER!!! Anyway, what do you know about this delectable sounding substance? Have you ever used it?"

Cookies and Tobacco Help Watkins Glen Man Live To 100
StarGazette.com, October 10, 2012
      If you ask John Plate the secret to living 100 years, he'll tell your, "chewing tobacco and having two cookies after breakfast every day." And John should know. He celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday, October 5th. John, of Watkins Glen, celebrated his milestone birthday surrounded by family and friends on Saturday at St. Mary's Center, reported his daughter, Jacqueline P. Rondinaro. More than 100 people came from all over the nation to celebrate with John, his daughter said. John was born October 5, 1912, in Elmira and he was the second of 13 children born to Fred and Mary Plate.

Americanized Macaron Recipes: French Cookies With American Flavors
Huffington Post, October 9, 2012
      When the French almond cookie, the macaron, made its way to the pastry scene in the U.S. we were thrilled. These light and airy cookies come in exquisite flavors, like pistachip and salted caramel, that one can easily throw down two or three dozen macarons at a time. But the French macaron recipe is changing; it's getting reinvented in American flavors like mint chocolate chip and peanut butter and jelly.

Fifty Shades of S'Mores
Huffington Post, October 4, 2012
      No one knows who made the first sandwich cookies. Versions thrive in the cuisines of Austria (linzer sables), Morocco (biscuits a la confiture), the Netherlands (stroopwafels), and beyond. Argentina has its alfajores, Australia its Tim Tams. Even the Oreo, first manufactured in 1912, is a nearly identical knockoff of its predecessor the Hydrox, which first appeared in 1908 but succumbed to the ruthless Oreocracy in 1999. However it first emerged, the sandwich-cookie concept is sheer mathematical genius: Eat two cookies at the same time, but by virtue of the fact that they are stuck together with a delicious substance, you can say that yoy have eaten only one.

Don't Eat This Now: Deep-Fried Girl Scout Cookies
SideDish, October 4, 2012
      Dear deep fried Samoas, I can't tell you how disappointed I am. Those 10 coupons I spent on you are 10 coupons I'll never get back. I could've gone on the scary haunted house ride twice with those 10 coupons! Instead, I wasted them on four of you. Why? Because I love Girl Scout Cookies. Whenever I have in my possession a purple box of Samoas, I treat those chocolatey soft cookies as tenderly as if they were my own daughters. Naturally, when I went to the State Fair, I was curious to see your new uniform.

Michelle Obama Bests Ann Romney In Cookie Contest
NPR.org, October 3, 2012
      Michelle Obama has bested Ann Romney in Family Circle's latest "First Lady Cookie Contest." It's been held for 20 years, since Hillary Rodham Clinton tweaked cookie bakers everywhere with a derisive comment to her own critics that she "could have stayed home and baked cookies" rather than pursue her career. And while it's meant as good, tasty fun, it does have its critics, who wonder if a potential First Gentleman would be asked to prove himself by baking cookies.

Recipes Remembered: Preacher Cookies
Richmond Times-Dispatch, October 3, 2012
      Sonya St. Jacques, who supplied the recipe, said, "The whole principle of the Preacher Cookie is that if you see the preacher coming up the road, you can have these ready to serve with coffee by the time he gets to the house. This means they should set up relatively quickly. Boiling the sugar is the key."

Girl Scout Cookie Boxes Get Makeover
Chicago Tribune, September 28, 2012
      Girl Scout Cookies, a perennial U.S. snack favorite, will get a new-look package for the upcoming sales season, the organization said Friday. The new design will showcase five entrepreneurial skills that the $790 million business teaches girls, the Girl Scouts said in a statement. "We have more than 50 million cookie customers across the country, and the cookie box is the most tangible and pwerful way for us to communicate directly with consumers," said Girl Scouts of the USA Chief Executive Anna Maria Chavez.

How Food And Clothing Size Labels Affect What We Eat And What We Wear
NPR.org, September 26, 2012
      University of Michigan marketing professor Aradhna Krishna has studied how labels impact how much we eat. In one experiment, she gave people cookies that were labeled either medium or large, and then measured how much they ate. The catch? The cookies were identical in size. What happened?

Forget The National Polls, It's All About The Cookies
PostBulletin.com, September 24, 2012
      Looking for a sure-fire way to know who will win the presidential election? A Red Wing bakery might have the answer. Hanisch Bakery & Coffee Shop's presidential cookie poll has a track record that would make any political analyst jealous. "Knock on wood, it's never been wrong," said owner Bill Hanisch. The cookie polling dates back to at least the 1984 presidential election between President Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale, according to records Hanisch found in the shop.

What We're Loving: The Spoon Sisters Cookie Stamp
TheDailyMeal.com, September 21, 2012
      Mark your territory at the next bake sale with these whimsical stamp messages. With school back in session, bake sale season is about to be in full swing - events like soccer games, after-school club meetings, and PTA meetings are ideal places to host one. Bake sales are great opportunities for you to try out new baking recipes, especially cookie recipes. As far as the presentation, it's great to add decorations like sprinkles and toppings, but brand your cookies as better than the rest with a stamp press that screams unique.

Mitten Cookies
Motor City Blog, September 15, 2012
      Ok, so I have this new obsession with a new cookie. But, not just any cookie - a Mitten Cookie. This little handful of deliciousness actually comes all the way out from you guys in Michigan. In fact, this comes all the way from the rock 'n' roll kitchen of MCB's very own contributor, Moneypenny. They hold their freshness really well and you can even store them in the freezer to preserve them. They're made with all 100% REAL ingredients and ZERO gross preservative crap.

Insta-Grahams: Your Instagram Photos Printed On Cookies
Bit Rebels, September 14, 2012
      Social media and food are a natural combination, or at least you'd think it was a match made in heaven based on how many new food sites have popped up in the past few years, how many photos we've taken of our food, how many food coupons are shared in social media and how much we tweet and facebook while we eat. Today I'd like to share with you yet another way you can take social media and mash it up with some delicious food, and this time, it's all about putting your instagram photos on cookies!

What's Selling Where? Oreo Cookies
Wall Street Journal, August 29, 2012
      The Oreo cookie can be found in more than 100 countries. Some countries feature exotic flavors tailored to their culture's tastes, like green tea ice cream or dulce le leche. Sheeba Philip, global brand director for Oreo, made by the Nabisco unit of Kraft Foods Inc., explains how the original cream-filled chocolate cookie is tweaked for a local market.

Craft Beer Cookies Making Your Life More Delicious
Black Book Mag, August 29, 2012
      Some days, you just can't decide if it would be better to self-medicate with some sweet snacks or a nice, refreshing beer. Thanks to The Cookie Guild, aka Brooklyn-based bakers Kurt Schewe and Brian Matheron, you too can have it all. Although the Guild, who have been selling their wares at Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea, got their start in the classics (chocolate chip cookies) and gourmet-sounding baked goods like their popular blueberry vanilla cookies, they're campaigning on Kickstarter to crank pout more of their craft beer cookies. By reducing the beer into a syrup, they're able to incorporate coffee stout flavors into a cookie or take the refreshing zing of a Shock Top or Blue moon into a ctirus hefeweizen cookie.

Me Want Cookie?
Epicurious, August 27, 2012
      Good Morning America recently uncovered the 1970s cookie recipe for everyone's favorite cookie fanatic, a certain fuzzy blue, googly-eyed monster with a pied a terre on Sesame Street. As several eagle-eyed observers pointed out, however, Cookie Monster's official cookie recipe is lacking a pretty noticeable ingredient: chocolate chips. Take a look…

Nothing Cookie-Cutter About Kris And Sam's Cookie Store
Eat Arkansas, August 27, 2012
      It's not everyday that you see a dedicated cookie store. I sometimes why this is so. Obviously, the cupcake shops continue to explode across the country and seem to show no signs of stopping anytime soon, and their predecessors, the regular ol' cake ship, will likely always be relevant so long as there are birthdays, weddings and baby showers. You'll occasionally see a dedicated pie ship, which I adore with my whole heart, but these are much less common than they were in days past. But not many cookie shops.

Judge's Alleged Bias Spurred By Attorney's Refusal To Purchase Girl Scout Cookies
Above the Law, August 27, 2012
      Each spring, our fine country is besieged by little girls on a mission to sell the most cookies or else risk being the embarrassment of their troop. Of course, I'm talking about the Girl Scouts of the USA, a program that indocrinates young women to "be prepared" for adulthood by earning patches in first aid, sportsmanship and other important life skills. Way down south in Texas, Nat C. Perez, a lawyer from Brownsville, has filed a recusal motion against 404th state District Judge Ella Cornejo Lopez. Perez claims that Judge Lopez has "gone out of her way" to remove him from cases in her court on numerous occasions. But what could have inspired Judge Lopez to reportedly act in such a way?

Munching On Millet Cookies
The Hindu, August 26, 2012
      They taste like nothing you've eaten before. They look like regular cookies, but there's this crunch of goodness, the flavor of the food your forefathers ate and a feeling of lightness. Welcome to the world of millet cookies. Everyone's licking the last crumb off the plate.

Bakers Compete in Chocolate Chip Cookie Showdown At St. Rocco's
Wicked Local, August 17, 2012
      Dark chocolate chip and cherry, chocolate chip and cranberry, vanilla splash triple chocolate chip, banana oatmeal chocolate chip, even chocolate chip bacon pecan - bakers competing in this year's chocolate chip cookie contest August 12 at the Feast of St. Rocco pulled out all the stops on the creativity side in hopes of earning bragging rights as the owner of the best chocolate chip cookie recipe in town.

'The Cookie Rookie' Is Therapy And Business For 16-Year-Old With Brain Injury
Michigan Live, August 13, 2012
      The house is quiet, yet something good is in the air. The smell of warm cinnamon and sugar greets you at the Robertson home, nestled down a quiet road between Birch Run and Frankenmuth. At the door, 16-year-old Ben Robertson greets you, too, along with his mother, Barb Robertson. The pair have just come from the kitchen, where evidence of Ben's work - cookies, cupcakes and caramel corn - is spread out on the counters. Ben needs quiet to do his baking. Too much noise can cause him to lose track of what's in the oven or the next ingredient in the recipe. Instead, he listens to the red and yellow finches flitting about outside the kitchen window.

Pepperidge Farm Celebrates 75th Anniversary With Milano Cookie Cake
Huffington Post, August 9, 2012
      Pepperidge Farm's 75th anniversary is August 15th and the company has launched a bunch of new products to celebrate. While new bread and cracker varieties may excite some, we're pretty sure we've found the belle of the ball: Milano Cake. No doubt the company was wise to bank on its cookie that has achieved cult status among fans young and old. Milanos come in a variety of flavors (and now even more - Salted Pretzel and Vanilla Creme have just launched) but they still follow the same general formula of cookie and filling.

Ice Cream-Flavored Cookies Put A Taste Of Summer In The Oven
Bites on Today, August 8, 2012
      Experiencing late summer ice cream fatigue? Tired of eating the same old frozen desserts? Here's a sweet treat that gives ice cream an interesting twist. Ohio-based Cheryl's Courmet Cookies is celebrating summer with a line of ice cream-flavored cookies. They're serving up everything from sugar cookies topped with a citrusy sherbet frosting to Frosted Mint Chocolate Chip, which tastes remarkably like mint chocolate chip ice cream (or its closer cookie cousin, a York Peppermint Patty), with its chocolate-cookie base plus green frosting to add that refreshing bite of mint.

Cookie-Baking Guru Shares Sweet Wisdom
Chron.com, August 2, 2012
      Thirteen years ago, Bridget Edwards quit her day job working for the Dallas retail division of Mary Engelbreit to care for her newborn son, Jack. She never would have guessed that one day, she'd be a celebrated baker and blogger on the verge of releasing her own cookbook. Of course, considering her background, passion for baking and decorating cookies, and sunny personality, it's hardly surprising.

Cookies, Conversation Are Expertise Of Coker's Steadman
SCnow.com, July 25, 2012
      Barb Steadman has a wonderful and most delicious way of making new friends. Every Friday morning, Steadman, the Director of College Relations at Coker College, wakes up early and heads to the kitchen. Not for a morning cup of coffee, mind you, but to bake a batch of cookies to take to work. "I've been making them on Friday mornings for about 20 years," she said. Only rarely has she made them the night before. As soon as Steadman enters the brick building she calls the "brown house" on Home Avenue where her office is located, the just-out-of-the-oven batch of cookies quickly begins to disappear.

Tofu Bacon, Peanut Butter Cookies And French Fries: NASA Menu Suggests Mars Astronauts May Be Too Fat To Get Out Of Capsule On Arrival
Daily Mail, July 25, 2012
      NASA is already planning a "menu for Mars" - and astronauts certainly won't be underfed on the year-long return mission to the Red Planet in 2030. Maya Cooper, a senior research scientist at Lockheed Martin, is planning the menu with NASA experts - and it includes tofu bacon, scrambled eggs, caramel cake, lemon cake, french fries and peanut butter cookies. On arrival, there might be quite a lot of huffing and puffing to accompany mankind's net "small step" as the first astronaut waddles off the landing craft onto Martian soil.

One Of Us: Think Of Jacksonville Cookie As A Healthy Pleasure
Florida Times-Union, July 24, 2012
      When Zach Ansley was 24 months old, Mark Ansley, concerned that his sone was deaf, took the child to Nemours Children's Clinic. It turned out Zach wasn't deaf. He was autistic. "My whole world changed," said Mark Ansley, now 52. Zach was also a picky eater, who refused to eat anyting but McDonald's hamburgers, which worried his father. Ansley had a friend in Orlando who make chocolate chip cookies that included chia seeds. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of fiber. Ansley brought a batch of his friend's cookies back to Jacksonville and watched happily as his son ate half-a-dozen. He set out to develop a recipe for his own healthy chia cookie.

Afghan Men Preparing Cookies In A Traditional Factory During Ramadan
      Photos taken in Mazar-I Sharid on Sunday, July 22.

Oatmeal Cookies, Orange Juice And DNA: George Eberhardt Still Going Strong At 107
MorristownGreen.com, July 20, 2012
      When I interviewed George Eberhardt on his 103rd birthday he attributed his longevity to oatmeal cookies and orange juice. Recently, when I asked him that same question, at 107 years old, he credited his wife Marie, for the extra special loving attention and care that she gives him.

Teen Creates Recipes For Success
Gazette.net, July 18, 2012
      With organic cookies and healthy treats for diabetics, success is sweet for 17-year-old entrepreneu DeAnna Swann-Mayo. Swann-Mayo, who lives in Brandywine is the founder and owner of My Sweet Tooth LLC, and developed her recipes about five years ago as part of her homeschooling assignments, said her mother, Takhia Mayo. Mayo asked her daughter to come up with an idea she could use to serve the community while developing her own interests. "She decided to create a cookie company for people who are lactose intolerant like she is," said Mayo. "She really got into it."

Obama Campaign Buys Reporters Cookies That Romney Trashed
Politico.com, July 6, 2012
      Aboard the Obama Press Pool Bus, Cookiegate lives! As President Obama's motorcade rolled across the Ohio-Pennsylvania border, his campaign informed reporters that in Pittsburgh they would be treated to cookies from Bethel Bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., a locally-famous establishment whose 15 minutes of campaign fame followed an unfortunate description of them by Obama's GOP rival, Mitt Romney. "I'm not sure about these cookies," Romney said in April upon being presented the sugary delights. "They don't look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever." Offended, the Bethel Bakery proprietor ran a Cookiegate special: six free with the purchase of a dozen.

Ann Romney, Michelle Obama Face Off Over Cookies
Washington Post, July 5, 2012
      Michelle Obama and Ann Romney are locked in an apparently inevitable face-off - the cookie melée that happens every four years. The two women are competing in the Family Circle Presidential Cookie Bake-Off. And yes, the wives of presidential candidates still do that. It's only been 20 years since Family Circle magazine introduced its quadrennial bake-off. That's when Hillary Clinton got in the kitchen to compete with Barbara Bush in the First Lady Cookie contest.

Fighting Cancer With Cookies
Washington Post, July 5, 2012
      Gretchen Witt thought she might have been overreacting when she took Liam, her 2 1/2-year-old son, to the doctor because he had stopped eating foods that he usually loved. She thought he might have had an iron deficiency. After visiting the doctor and spending the night in the hospital, Liam went from "a healthy child" to "stage-four cancer," Mrs. Witt explained. She asked Liam's doctor, "How could I not have known that pediatric cancer is the biggest child-killer in the U.S.?" Mrs. Witt, a resident of Manhattan and the director of public relations at OXO, a consumer products manufacturer, knew she had to do something to raise research funds for pediatric cancer, the top disease-killer of children. She thought of a bake sale fundraiser and set a goal of 96,000 cookies.

Pastry Chefs Adding Luscious Layers To New Orleans Dining Experience
Nola.com, May 27, 2012
      Brutti ma buoni is an Italian meringue cookie that plays tricks on the tongue. An implosion releases its flavors as the cookie collapses in your mouth, making it unmistakable that something has occurred. But the way the sugar has been spun with egg whites into a substance similar to air, brutti ma buoni can also leave you scratching your head, wondering if you've eaten anything at all. This, at least, is the sensation created by the chocolate espresso brutti ma buoni at Domenica. The cookies are a specialty of pastry chef Lisa White, who describes her version as "a brownie-cookie combination."

Indy 500: Nut-Allergic Tagliani Teams Up With Cookie Company
IndyStar.com, May 26, 2012
      If anyone understands the need for a healthy snack, it's Bryan Herta Autosport driver Alex Tagliani. The Canadian was born with a serious nut allergy. Too many times, he's been painfully reminded of how so many products can have scary effects on his body. After enduring more anaphylactic shock episodes than Tagliana cares to remember, he is teaming with Le Petit Bretonne, a company in his home province of Quebec, to produce a peanut-free cookie. Tags On The Go has begun distribution in Canada and is expected to hit grocery stores in the U.S. later this year.

The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook
Baking Bites, May 22, 2012
      It is always fun to sneak a little taste of homemade cookie dough, whether you're a little kid or a big kid (adult), even though eating raw cookie dough isn't necessarily the best idea because of the raw eggs it contains. There is something about the flavor of cookie dough that draws us in time and again. Ben & Jerry's capitalized on our love of cookie dough by turning it into ice cream, and The Cookie Dough Lover's Cookbook uses it in a whole host of different recipes and takes cookie dough a few steps further than just putting it into a batch of ice cream. Every recipe in this book - from cakes to candies - features cookie dough as a flavor and ingredient in its own right.

Addiction To Cookies Leads To Rapper's Solo Debut
Examiner.com, May 15, 2012
      This past weekend, the music scene at Addiction Nightclub iin Honolulu greeted first-time Hawaii visitor "Channel West Coast" of MTV shows "Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory" and "Ridiculousness." "I've performed all over the country, but this is my first time in Hawaii and I love it," says Chanel, who got the gig at Addiction through a friend while performing in Cabo San Lucas. "I'm addicted to chocolate chip cookies, not junk food," she says.

Black & White Cookie Co.'s New Plan To Roll In The Dough
The Street, May 14, 2012
      What do the future of Brooklyn basketball and black and white cookies have in common? If the Black & White Cookie Co. CEO Joshua Auerback gets his way, patrons of Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. will be able to snack on a cookie from the company he founded as they watch the Brooklyn Nets tip off next season. It's a revised playbook for both NBA franchise and cookie entrepreneur thar Auerbach hopes will lead to his company rolling in the dough as the Nets roll out their new home.

Cookie Jars Get Their Proper Recognition In Logan
Southwest Iowa News, May 12, 2012
      Cookie jars have brought joy for decades, centuries even, to anyone who dares place their hand inside. For a rare breed of collector, just taking a look at the jar is reason enough to celebrate. Decorated cookie jars - from cartoon characters to motorcycles, a military theme to The Three Stooges - on loan from area residents are on display starting today at the Museum of Religious Arts in Logan.

Twist Of Fate Leads To Something's Different
Nassau Guardian, May 11, 2012
      Samantha Moree grew up baking shortbread cookies with her mother. But she never thought that she would own a business that centered on this talent. In fact, it was another business venture that led her to start Something's Different. "I grew up making cookies with my mom. I love the shortbread recipe because it is an easy and subtle one. How I got started is actually a really cool story. I was marketing another company that we had started and I baked cookies to be used as a promotional gimmick," according to Moree. "We gave out a bunch of these cookies in the shape of our logo. Instead of getting calls for our business, we got call inquiring about the cookies." Working out of their home and selling goods to friends, the business first launched in February 2005. Moree said the business really started to gain momentum when her husband joined the team in 2008.

Cookie Cart: Baking Cookies, Building Bright Futures
Twin Cities Daily Planet, May 12, 2012
      Walking down West Broadway Avenue, it is almost impossible not to smell the sweet aroma coming from the Cookie Cart, 1119 West Broadway Avenue. As its name suggests, the only menu items are cookies - available in several varieties. But, the Cookie Cart does a lot more than produce baked goods. It is also a workforce training center for neighborhood teens. The Cookie Cart was started by Sister Jean Thuerauf to help neighborhood youth stay off the street and out of gangs. Today, Cookie Cart annually employs 140 youths, aged 15-17. For many, it is their first paid work experience. All those employed are required to be enrolled and doing well in school.

Dining Service Stocks University of Maryland Alumnus' Cookies
Diamondback Online, May 10, 2012
      After months of selling cookies out of his truck, University of Maryland alumnus David Botwick-Ries has found a more permanent home for his prize-winning business. After Botwick-Ries supplied a week's worth of his Mike & Cookies-brand snacks to Dining Services shops and Footnotes Café on Sunday, the cookies sold out in most locations in just three days. Dining Services officials said because of the successful trial run, more shops across the campus will soon sell Mike & Cookies, a business Botwick-Ries launched after winning $2,750 in the Pitch Dingman Competition last year.

Fortune Cookie Factory Still Rocks Old-School Tech… in Bed
Wired, May 8, 2012
      Every day, tourists pop into the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to watch its three machines squirting out batter and bathing it in flames. Each one is the size of a piano and their operators only have a few seconds to stuff the batter with an enigmatically profound message before it hardens. The one-room workshop is narrow, long and fragrant with warm sugar and vanilla. Located in San Francisco's Chinatown, the factory has been in business since 1962 and produces 20,000 cookies a day.

No Cookies For You! State Bans Bake Sales
Northwest Ohio, May 8, 2012
      Raising money for PTA groups, high school bands and class trips by holding a bake sale will soon be illegal in one state…and parents say the plan is "half-baked." In an ongoing war against childhood obesity, the state of Massachusetts has decided that "competitive" foods - those solde or served during the school day in hallways, cafeterias, stores and vending machines outside the regular lunch program, including bake sales, holiday parties and treats dished out to reward academic achievement, need to be banned during school hours. The ban takes effect August 1st. According to the Boston Herald, state officials are pushing schools to expand the ban 24/7 to include evening, weekend and community events such as banquets, door-to-door candy sales and football games.

Girl Scouts Unveil Cookies Candy Bars: Get Them While You Can
Entertainment Weekly, May 8, 2012
      A few months ago, after a random photo leaked online, the Girl Scout of America reluctantly confirmed that a special candy bar based on their famous cookies was in the works from Nestlé. This morning, to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, the delicious new diet-killer was officially unveiled.

Oreos Gain In Translation - Different Flavors
SF Gate, May 7, 2012
      James Andrade, who holds a master's degree in psychopharmacology and a doctorate in neuroscience, has just faced one of his biggest career challenges: coming up with a mango-and-orange flavored Oreo cookie. "People in this part of the world have strong feelings about what a mango tastes like," explains Andrade, vice president of research and developmen in the Asia Pacific region for Kraft Foods. "You can have many variations on vanilla, but people are quite discriminating with mango." Whether it's green tea Oreos in China, a chocolate and peanut variet in Indonesia, or banana and dulce de leche Oreos in Argentina, a lot rides on Kraft's efforts to develop alternatives to the iconic cookie-and-cream combination. The 100-year-old sandwich cookie, a $2 billion brand, is going global in a big way. Emerging markets will account for about half of Oreo sales this year.

Vegan, Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher Cookies Makers Seek Fresh Start In Bronx
DNAInfo.com, May 3, 2012
      When artist Audra Moorie, a vegan, couldn't find any non-dairy sweets near her apartment in Washington Heights, she decided to bake her own. And when her husband, fellow artist George Goss, a non-vegan, tasted her cookies and loved them, the two decided that the dairy-free treats could have cross0ver appeal. So they began to bake their vegan, organic, gluten-free and eventually kosher cookies by the dozen, and soon found a host of wholesale buyers, including Whole Foods Market and the Harlem Children's Zone.

New Co-Cop In Jamaica Plain Sells Cookies With An Environmental Conscience
Boston.com, May 3, 2012
      For Andrea Hornbein, owner of aka Marvelicious, a cooperative vegan bakery in Jamaica Plain, it all started with a craving for a peanut butter cookie that actually tasted like peanut butter. So Hornbein resolved to create the perfect peanut butter cookie, and aka Marvelicious came into being last September. The cookies at aka Marvelicious are 100% vegan, meaning they are made without any animal byproducts, including milk and eggs. They are also made with organic and local ingredients when available.

Outrageous Fortunes
New York Times, May 3, 2012
      Three young women, longtime friends, overdue for a catch-up, seizing the opportunity of Restaurant Week on Long Island to try out a relatively new, splashy pan-Asian place in Babylon called Monsoon. It's a chatty night. A merry night. There's sushi, sweet-and-sour chicken, barbecued ribs, even fried Oreos. A girl's gotta have dessert. Then, just before leaving, the three of them crack open their fortune cookies. And one of them, Jessica Kochan, goes a little pale. Because what's written on the piece of paper inside hers isn't a pilthy tiding of joy or a cryptic meditation on fate or anything of that predictable sort. What's written is this…

UW's Top Secret Guerrilla Cookie Recipe Decoded
Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, May 1, 2012
      When the University of Wisconsin-Madison Alumni Association decided to feature iconic foods of the past for their annual Alumni Weekend this spring, high on their list was one food in particular: guerrilla cookies. Yes, that's guerrilla (not gorilla), as in guerrilla warfare, as in revolution. Which is what was on a lot of students' minds in the late '60s and early '70s, when the cookies were popular. Vietnam War, protests, peace and love, anti-establishment, and heavy-duty, granola-style cookies. It all fit together. Google "guerrilla cookies" and the university, and you'll quickly grasp the level of the legend.

Bike And Bake Bicycle Shop Treats Customers To Cookies
PostBulletin.com, May 1, 2012
      Walk into Honest Paul's Bike Shop, and mixed with the scent of new bikes is the unmistakable aroma of freshly baked cookies. In a bike shop? Most of the time, yes. Owner Paul Myhrom bakes cookies almost every day in his office. The space, no bigger than a broom closet, holds a toaster oven in which the cookies are baked, as well as a crock pit, a microwave, a toaster and a full-sized refrigerator. "It's all part of my business philosophy of creating an atmosphere that is open, friendly and hosptiable to customers, as well as to the fellows who work for me," Myhrom says. "The guys know they can bake cookies here any time."

Chucklet & Honey's Mail-Order Cookies Find Sweet Success
The Tennessean, April 30, 2012
      Chucklet & Honey, a bake-to-mail-order cookie company, has only been around since September 2010. But it has been drawing a regular following for its four base flavors of chocolate chip, double hazelnut, maple oatmeal raisin and peanut butter oatmeal fluffer-nutter, as well as seasonal cookies such as the Valentine's "firecracker" chocolate chip cookie with Red Hots cinnamon candy pieces. But owner Chuck Hargett's latest seasonal cookie is an homage to his mother, who he lost to cancer in May 2004.

Cookie Monsters, This Week's For You
Center Square Journal, April 30, 2012
      Having created National Cookie Week in 2011 as a way for bakeries to communally promote their goods, Michael Munoz, who blogs under the handle of The Gay Gourmet, realized, "I can't call this National Cookie Week if I don't make it national." So for the 2012 edition, he branched out from his native New York and contacted bakeries across the country with a simple plea, "Come along with me on this ride."

Reminders That A Cookie Goes Beyond The Fig
New York Times, April 30, 2012
      Nabisco, the subsidiary of Kraft Foods, has rarely taken a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to marketing the fig roll introduced in 1892 as the Newton. Unlike most cookies, it is square, and unlike most offerings in the cookie aisle, Fig Newtons, as they were renamed shortly after being introduced, were called "cakes" on packaging until the 1980s, when they became "chewy cookies."

Queen City Cookies: Next Big Local Brand?
Cincinnati.com, April 29, 2012
      The perfect cookie should include a hint of cardamom or a touch of chipotle. It should be as beautifully decorated as it is tasty, and packaged with the same frills and flair. Those simple rules of thumb, executed with extreme detail at Queen City Cookies, have been enough to build a bustling bakery business in less than three years. With annual sales of $250,000, a staff of 10, a state-of-the-art kitchen in Northside, retail store at Findlay Market and bright pink food truck hitting the streets this week, owner Peggy Shannon could certainly be content making her signature shortbreads and schneckens. But Shannon's mission is much bigger than sweet treats.

Pee-Wee Herman Likes My Cookies
ProjectDenneler.com, April 27, 2012
      It's not Cinco de Mayo yet, but you can prepare now with Piñata Cookies. My head is going to explode. Much like my piñata cookies. I could not foresee what has just happened this week. My little piñata cookies found a great big audience on the "internets." Holy cow! An editor at SheKnows.com contacted me a few weeks ago and asked if I'd be interested in doing a cookie tutorial for them. Sure. Sounds fun. And then boom! The SheKnows.com article posted on Tuesday and I've seen it a million places.

The People Speak: Our Top-Ranked Cookie Recipes
King Arthur Flour, April 27, 2012
      There's nothing like a customer review to keep you on your toes. I tend to the online recipes here at King Arthur Flour and sometimes I feel like a mother with lots of needy kids. About 2,152 of them, at last count. Yes, each and every recipe feels like a child to me. Like babies, some had difficult, exhausting births, while others were - well, a piece of cake. Many of our online recipes made their first appearance in our Baking Sheet newsletter. Still others in our Baker's Catalogue.

Famous Amos Making New Return, With Old Recipe, To The Cookie Business
Hispanic Business, April 27, 2012
      Nearly four decades since starting a renowned cookie empire, Wally Amos is poised to launch a company using the original recipe that make him Famous Amos. The 75-year-old Waikiki resident, who lost ownership in the 1980s of his namesake company and subsequent use of his moniker and image, has relentlessly reinvented himself nearly a half-dozen times over the past 37 years with a string of ventures involving more cookies and diversifying into muffins.

Oreo Launches New Birthday Cake-Filled Fudge Cookies
ABC News, April 27, 2012
      At 100 years old, Oreo certainly has something to celebrate. With a social media campaign and the release of birthday cake-filled Oreos, this cookie really knows how to throw a party. The latest limited edition product in the line is a birthday cake version of the Oero fudge creme. These creations feature a golden cookie topped with birthday cake filling, covered in fudge and dusted with sprinkles.

Baby Boomers, Obama's Favorite Campaign Cookie Ship, Closing In Des Moines
Des Moines Register, April 26, 2012
      Baby Boomers Café, made famous by its chocolate chip cookies that were popular with President Barack Obama and his campaign staff during the 2008 presidential campaign, is closing. The restaurant at 303 E. Fifth St. in the East Village will close Sunday, according to the building's owner. Café owners Tom and Rod Maxfield declined to comment on the closing. The Obamas came to the café often while in town campaigning in the summer of 2007, before the January caucuses. Obama's Des Moines headquarters were next door to the café. His daughters Malia and Sasha would stop by with their mothers, Michelle, for the chocolate chip cookies. Word got out about the cookies and sales soared from 400 a week to more than 50,000 a week, with requests coming from as far away as Mexico.

Why Is Breast-Feeding used To Sell Cookies
Salon, April 20, 2012
      An Oreo cookie creates shock and outrage - and showcases our double standards about women's bodies. In a new Korean ad for "milk's favorite cookie," a chubby tot brandishes an Oreo while lapping at milk - at his mother's breast milk. It's a striking picture, although not an altogether persuasive one.

Open Mouth, Insert Foot (Instead of Cookie)
New York Times, April 19, 2012
      Mitt Romney never even tasted them. But his offhand remark about a tray of five dozen cookies from a bakery in Bethel Park, Pa., on Tuesday has lighted up the local airwaves with confectionery consternation, even earning that most coveted distinction of superficial scandals - a name. "Cookiegate," as the bakery itself is calling the brouhaha, began as Mr. Romney sat down at a picnic table with six couples from suburban Pittsburgh to talk about the economy, a campaign event intended to capture the Republican presidential candidate engaged in casual conversation with ordinary Americans. The table was filled with snacks, like potato chips and pretzels. But for whatever reason, Mr. Romney zeroed in on the cookies, a colorful collection that the bakery calls mini lady lox and gourmet thumbprints. "I'm not sure about these cookies," he said, looking at one of the women. "They don't look like you made them. No, no. They came from the local 7-Eleven, bakery, or whatever."

Bear Naked 100% Pure and Natural Soft-Baked Granola Cookies Win Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award
Market Watch, April 18, 2012
      Leading natural food and lifestyle company ranks first in cookie category. Bear Naked, the natural food company for the everyday adventurer, today announced its 100% Pure and Natural Soft-Baked Granola Cookies were awarded the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens Best New Product Award in the cookie category. The Double Chocolate and Fruit and Nut cookies are one of the newest additions to Bear Naked's existing lineup of all-natural granolas, cereals and trail mixes. Baked with whole grains and simple ingredients, each cookie supplies natural energy to fuel the everyday lives of active people.

A Cheaper Way To Make Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bangor Daily News, April 17, 2012
      You could buy chocolate chip cookie dough in those plastic covered logs to slice and bake whenever you want the house to fill up with sweet baking smells. Or you could mix together this dough, roll it up in waxed paper or plastic wrap and stick it in the fridge to bake whenever. The homemade ones are cheaper and don't have any creepy ingredients in them.

'Enlarged' Food Fools Dieters Into Feeling Full
The Spec, April 17, 2012
      A team of researchers has developed a new approach to dieting - controlling your appetite by viewing an enlarged image of a food item you are about to eat. The team conducted an experiment using the system, in which 12 men and women in their 20s and 30s were asked to eat cookies until they got full. The system involves a pair of eyeglasses equipped with video cameras connected to a computer that changes the apparent size of a food item when one picks it up to eat. The size of the user's hand appears unchanged. When the image processing system showed cookies 50 percent larger than actual size, the test subjects ate 9.3 percent less on average compared to the amounts they ate while viewing the cookies with their naked eyes. In contrast, when the system showed the cookies 33 percent smaller than actual size, the people ate 15 percent more on average.

A (Small) Cookie A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
Washington Post, April 16, 2012
      When it comes to preventing obesity, portion size matters - a lot. That's the takeaway from a new study in the Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior. Kids who were offered cookies that had been cut in half ate fewer calories than kids offered whole cookies with the same total amount of calories as the total amount of the smaller sweets. The experiment was a simple one: School children in Belgium were offered either big or small cookies at snack time and told they could eat as much as they'd like.

Humble Beginnings Launched Mrs. Fields Into 35 Years Of Business
San Francisco Chronicle, April 16, 2012
      A company that started as a one-woman storefront has grown into an international taste sensation. Mrs. Fields is celebrating something sweet this year, and it's not just their signature chocolate chip cookies. What began as a one-woman storefront in Palo Alto, California in 1977 has grown into a world-renowned franchise that is celebrating 35 years of successful business. "Our founder Debbi Fields was quoted saying: "I am not in the business of selling cookies, but instead in the business of selling smiles," said the director of marketing at Mrs. Fields, Cassie Alvey. "Our brand holds onto that iconic phrase today."

Boyne City Woman's Life Changed - One Cookie At A Time
Petoskey News, April 13, 2012
      About a year-and-a-half ago, Sari King had her life flipped upsidedown. At the age of 56, she went through a divorce, was diagnosed with breast cancer and was working a dead-end job. But she turned her personal tragedy into a lifelong dream with one cookie at a time. "I always wanted to do something creative and be self-employed. I was forced to reinvent myself on so many levels, why not go with this too," King said. King took her longtime love of helping others, wholesome foods and baking, and turned it into a new business venture - Crazy Woman Cookies.

Cookie Buy-Back Plan Leaves A Bad Taste In Some Girl Scout Mouths
KSTP.com, April 13, 2012
      Just the thought of Thin Mints or Samoas brings to mind Girl Scout Goodness. But there's a bad taste lingering in the mouths of some Twin Cities Girl Scout Troops. The girls are now required to pay - out of their own profits - a portion of all their unsold cookies. And Denise and Olivia Mortensen of Minneapolis aren't happy about it.

Education Advocates Draw Attention To State Budget Issues With Cookies
Public Opinion, April 9, 2012
      Armed with chocolate chip cookies, concerned Shippensburg area community members brought attention to Gov. Toom Corbett's proposed budget cuts to public education at a mock bake sale Monday. Education Matters in the Cumberland Valley, in conjunction with other education advocacy groups, help their second annual state-wide mock bake sale to protest the proposed cuts. Although no baked goods are actually being sold at the events, protesters gave away cookies to passersby.

Class Uses Cookies and Eggs To Create Easter Bonnets
Hometown Life, April 8, 2012
      In their Easter bonnets, with all the frills upon it, the seniors in an arthritis exercise class at the Maplewood Center were all ready to march in an Easter parade. An Easter bonnet represente the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption. Audrey Conner, known as the group's baker, baked homemade cookies, placed them in plastic and attached them to the hat.

Group Marking 70,000 Cookies In 40 Years
San Jose Mercury News, April 5, 2012
      Cast your mind back to 1972: President Nixon was feeling the pressure of Watergate, gas cost 55 cents a gallon and teachers Nancy Briemle and Edith Cornelsen assembled 12 friends to bake cookies and trade recipes. While Nixon resigned and the days of cheap gas are long gone, the cookie group endures and, in December, they will celebrate 40 years of cookies and friendship. "Seven of the original 12 members are still active," said Nancy Briemle, who lives in Pleasanton and is now retired from teaching in the Livermore school district. Briemle said that each member brings 12 dozen cookies and their recipes to an annual cookie luncheon held each December. Eleven dozen are exchanged and the 12the is served on a platter for dessert.

Frontier Airlines Says Goodbye To The Cookie
JS Online, April 1, 2012
      The cookie has crumbled. That warm chocolate chip cookie that airline passengers relished - and that helped Milwaukee's Midewest Airlines claim "the best care in the air" - will fade into history at the end of the month, like the airline itself that's been swallowed up by competitors. In a memo to company employees, Frontier Airlines officials announced Friday that they're removing the complimentary warm cookies from inflight service.

Hillary Clinton, Cookies And The Rise Of Working Families
CNN, March 16, 2012
      "Even the simplest sweets can be paired with a fine wine," said Margerum. he enjoys pairing confections with exquisite vintages. "I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession," Hillary Clinton famously snapped on the campaign trail two decades ago Friday. Mostly, we remember the comment as a moment in the perpetual mommy wars, but I tend to think about it as a moment in the history of chocolate chip cookies. Capitalizing on the political gaffe, Family Circle challenged Clinton to a bake-off, and she obliged, providing an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe that handily defeated Barbara Bush's variant. (You can still find it winning rave reviews online.) Home-baked cookies struck at the heart of what we thought mothering was all about. It's still true today, but we have given it new meaning.

The Oenophile's Answer To Girl Scout Cookie Season: Auberge Du Soleil Wine Director Kris Margerum Thinks Beyond Milk And Cookies
SFGate, March 15, 2012
      "Even the simplest sweets can be paired with a fine wine," said Margerum. he enjoys pairing confections with exquisite vintages. "They shape the flavor and take the simple experience of enjoying a cookie to an entirely new level of enjoyment."

Girl Scouts Sue City For Right To Sell Cookies
Huffington Post, March 14, 2012
      Most girl scouts earn badges for their behavior as upstanding junior citizens, and for selling sugary treats far and wide. But in Missouri, two scouts are instead standing up to a law they feel is unjst - and threatens their cookie sales. Accoring to court documents, 16-year-old Caitlin and 14-year-old Abigail Mills of Hazelwood, Mo., are girl scouts who have sold cookies in their driveway for the last six years. This year, when the girls tried to begin their sales, city officials told their mother, Carolyn Mills, that the girls must shit down their stand as it violates city ordinances.

Canadian Biscotti Queen Shares Recipe For Success
The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2012
      The woman behind Mom's Best Gourmet Foods - whose homemade cookies and biscotti line the shelves of Loblaws' banner stores and fill the concession stands at Toronto's finest live event halls - never imagined she'd one day be the president of a multimillion-dollar baking company. In fact, for 15 years, the divorced mothers of two worked in public relations as a communications and policy offer for the provincial government; positions she eventually learned to despise.

Wickedly Irreverent Fortune Cookies A Popular Treat
Contra Costa Times, March 7, 2012
      David Fenton's kung pao chicken was always followed by a disappointment. he would unwrap the fortune cookie and sigh at the mindless drivel written on the slip of paper tucked inside. Even tacking on the words "in bed" to his fortune gave him little pleasure. So, more than a century after San Francisco conceived this quaint Chinese-restaurant tradition, Fenton launched his own, fearless fortune cookie company -- ILL Fortune -- in Union City, and began stuffing boldly wicked fortunes in the tasty treats.

100 Years Of Oreo Cookies
Eatocracy-CNN, March 6, 2012
      Whether you twist them, split them, snap them or just chomp on in, it's a slam dunk for lovers of the iconic Oreo cookie. The first one was sold to a Hoboken, New Jersey, grocer 100 years ago today. While the traditional chocolate wafer and single filling layer reigns supreme with consumers, to the tune of more than $2 billion in global annual revenues, Nabisco began offering variations such as the "Double Stuf" (with twice the standard amount of icing) in 1975, and the 100-calorie-per-cookie "Triple Double" (three wafers, and a layer each of standard and chocolate icing) in 2011.

Man Steals Money From Girl Scout Cookie Sales In Texas
CNN, March 4, 2012
      Two Girl Scouts sprang into action when a man stole a cash box containing money from their cookie sales in the Houston area. The incident left one of the girls slightly injured after she held on to the getaway car to stop it from leaving the scene.

Lebanese Easter Cookies - Our Winning Recipe
Michigan Radio, March 2, 2012
      As part of our Your Family Story series, we collected recipes that have been passed down within families. This is our contest winner, Dianne Johns of Lansing. The very best traditional Lebanese Easter food is the Easter cookie. They are called kaik. This is a two syllable word with a very subtle distinction between the syllables (kah-ick).

Three Connecticut Cooks Make Finalists In Pillsbury Bake-Off
Hartford Courant, March 1, 2012
      In recent years, professional bakers and confectioners have produced some wow results with sweet and salty ingredients. Pairing bittersweet chocolate or creamy caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt became a popular taste sensation. Two enterprising Connecticut cooks picked up on that trend, and the recipes they created have earned them a trip to the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off in Orlando, Florida.

Cookies For Canines And Empathy For Everyone
The Advocate, February 29, 2012
      Bebe Flynn's cookies are delicious, with the perfect balance of sweet and salty, soft and crunchy. What makes them irresistible, though, is that part of the proceeds from her cookie line, Miss Lilly's Trading Company, go to help elderly clients of Meals on Wheels pay for pet food.

Ben & Jerry's Shop Apologizes For Using Fortune Cookies in 'Lin-Sanity' Flavor
Boston.com, February 26, 2012
      A local branch of Ben & Jerry's has apologized for briefly offering a frozen yogurt flavor inspired by professional basketball's sudden sensation Jeremy Lin that included fortune cookies pieces, in an acknowledgement that the dish could be seen as playing on Asian stereotypes.

Tips For Making Better Cookies
The Daily Meal, February 24, 2012
      David Crofton, owner of One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, N.Y., shares his tips for better cookies in this video interview. Be sure to also check out some recipes from his new cookbook along with his tips for making perfect cookie dough.

Peanut Butter Creme Cookie Cups
AZFamily.com, February 23, 2012
      Tens of thousands entered, but only one will win. And it's a million-dollar prize on the line. Mary Fields is one of the 100 finalists in the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest and she shares her recipe here for Peanut Butter Creme Cookie Cups.

Add Your Own Twists To These Cookie Recipes
Chicago Sun-Times, February 23, 2012
      Sometimes I obsess. I obsess about cookies. But it's not what you think. I don't obsess about eating them. I obsess over whether I can put a personal spin on a recipe to make it more of my own.

Kim Ima's 'The Treats Truck Baking Book' Features Homey, Old-Fashioned Desserts
New York Daily News, February 19, 2012
      Kim Irma is bringing her honey desserts straight to your kitchen. Well, almost. The cheerful Treats Truck owner's new cookbook gives home bakers all the tips and tools they'll need to perfect sandwich cooies, ice cream cones cupcakes and more. "The Treats Truck Baking Book" not only tells the story of Sugar, Ima's retro-chic food truck, but gathers snapshots of the mobile eatery's regular customers.

Cookies For The Office: A Nice Gesture Or A Bad Career Move?
Madame Noire, February 17, 2012
      Who doesn't enjoy the occasional surprise of homemade cookies or cake in the office? It's a nice, sweet gesture from one colleague to the office for all to enjoy. But according to a Forbes article, it's possible that for women wanting to establish a solid and professional image in the workplace, bringing this sweet treat to share with the office may be a bad idea for your image.

Cookies Help Mend Mental Health
Gazettes.com, February 16, 2012
      There's an old adage that everything tastes better when it's made with love. And that's certainly true if you ask the staff at Mental Health America of Los Angeles, which operates out of the MHA Village in downtown Long Beach. A step inside the MHA building on Elm Street, and the aroma of baking cookies and brownies permeates the air - it's the smell of the Village Cookie Shoppe owned and operated by the non-profit MHA as a way to provide employment skills to people with mental disabilities.

The President's Favorite Cookies Are Made In Newport Beach. Want One?
Laguna Niguel Patch, February 15, 2012
      Hundreds of cookies are being packaged today for President Obama's breakfast fundraiser tomorrow in Corona del Mar. Extra presidential cookies are also being baked and will be sold to the public.

Cookie Dough Gives Man A Sweet Life
Naperville Sun, February 11, 2012
      When you're raised in a family where your mom really digs on the dessert scene, you never know where things might wind up. Just ask Jim Bewersdorf, 61, owner of Cookie Dough Creations in Naperville. "My mom always made these fabulous desserts and as a group we'd sit around the table and have these pies and cookies and other things - it was a very important part of the meal," Bewersdorf recalled. "Throughout my life, I always was baking cookies. And when things changed in my other working life, I sort of came up with this other idea."

Cookies To Savor With Drinks
Seattle Times, February 11, 2012
      Seattle's cookie|box| creations are all about unique flavors, aromas and textures. Sweet versions nod to, but subtly modernize, traditional cookie flavors. Savory flavors get even more interesting, designed for pairing with wine, beer and cocktails.

'The Cookie Guy' leaves His Crumbs All Over Tufts Campus
Tufts Daily, February 9, 2012
      If you have a hankering for a handful of cookies, John "The Cookie Guy" Piermarini has recently set up shop to serve up a solution to those sweet cravings. In just two weeks, the man behind Sweet Idea cookies has already made a splash on campus. Since, January 26th, Piermarini has been biking around campus selling cookies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights between 9pm and 3am in an effort to turn his passion for baking cookies into a full-time job.

Dakota Shayne: From Books And Cookies To Fitness And Urban Growth
Rapid Growth, February 9, 2012
      At 25, Dakota Shayne smartly comprehends how to meld a literacy-based non-profit that partners with local businesses and promotes story time, optimal community fitness and his overarching goals of growing Grand Rapids as a model urbanization center. Shayne is the executive director of Downtown Books and Cookies, a story-telling and cookie sharing project where community leaders read their favorite childhood stories to West Michigan children once a month.

The New Oreo: Form Follows Frosting
New York Times Magazine, February 2, 2012
      Last year, I wrote a short post about the embossed design that is imprinted on the traditional Oreo cookie wafers. I say "traditional" because after listening to a podcast earlier this week from NPR, there seems to be a new form in the works for this American staple. Chances are, you won't see it on a shelf near you unless you live in China.

The Sweeter Side Of A Chemistry Degree: Student Opens Cookie Delivery Service
The Smith Sophian, February 1, 2012
      The latest student enterprise to arrive at Smith is off to a sweet start. Chemistry major Kelly Smith has recently opened her own cookie business, A Chemist's Kitchen. Smith's hobby of baking on weekends expanded into a business venture after two years of cooking in Lawrence House. "I like to bake for people, and they like to eat what I make," said Smith. "I bake enough now that I thought a small business would be great for making some money and sharing my cookies with a bigger audience."

Belle Chevre Launches A Line Of Cookies Frosted With Artisan Goat Cheese
Press Releases, February 1, 2012
      Belle Chevre, the nation's most creative cheese company, announces its debut in the dessert case with a new line of goat cheese-frosted cookies. These cookies are made with a secret recipe and feature a frosting crafted from Belle Chevre's award-winning goat cheese.

Rethinking The Oreo For Chinese Consumers
National Public Radio, January 27, 2012
      Everyone knows what an Oreo cookie is supposed to be like. It's round, black and white, and intensely sweet. Has been for 100 years. But sometimes, in order to succeed in the world, even the most iconic product has to adapt. In China, that meant totally reconsidering what gives an Oreo its Oreoness.

Crazy For Cookie Jars
news-press.com, January 26, 2012
      Karen Tinsley Neubert's home is a veritable museum of memorabilia. Collections of antique kitchen utensils, miniature stoves, paperweights and Annaless dolls fill every cozy nook insider her south Fort Myers home. But among Neubert's many antiques, no collection is as voluminous as her beloved cookie jars.

40,000 Cookies? That's A Lot Of Dough
CharlotteObserver.com, January 25, 2012
      Nonprofit group launches effort to supply more charities with freshly baked cookies. One small nonprofit group has decided to stir the mix this month with a cookie dough drive that aims to serve up to 40,000 cookies at Barium Springs Children's Home and Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen. That is just the start. The organizer, Cookies for a Cause, has extended the same offer to help other charities get their cookies, suggesting a cookie craze is in the baking.

Don't Be Fooled By Cookie Claims That They're Low In Calories, Fat And Sugar
nola.com, January 20, 2012
      Today is the first day of Girl Scout cookie season (and who can say no to those?). The Scouts are introducing Savannah Smiles, a lower-calorie cookie that's been touted as a (somehwat) healthier option. These lemon-flavored, powdered-sugar-covered wedges have 140 calories per five-cookie serving - about 28 calories per cookie. But with white flour, sugar and vegetable oil as the main ingredients, tey're certainly no health food.

Brian Zheng's $80,000 Fortune Cookies At The L.A. Art Show This Weekend
LA Weekly, January 20, 2012
      The first thing you'll see at the L.A. Art Show: Modern & Contemporary, which runs through Sunday at the L.A. Convention Center, is Brian Zheng's 15-foot fiberglass sculpture, buffed to an impressive cherry red shine thanks to that auto-paint finish. At a show where much of the art is abstract, this sculpture is as unmistakable as last night's dinner. It is a giant fortune cookie.

Baking With A Twist: Felecia Rozansky's Recipe To Help Autism
Wantagh-Seaford Patch, January 18, 2012
      Fifteen years ago, East Meadow business owner Felecia Rozansky was looking at storefronts to open a new cookie shop, but when her son Eric was diagnosed with Autism, everything came to a halt. "I shut everything down," Rozansky said. "I ended it." Rozansky realized that, while her passion for baking cookies was strong, her commitment lied with her son.

Uncle Biff's 'Killer' Cookies: Non-Lethal, Celebrity Endorsed!
San Diego Reader, January 17, 2012
      Uncle Biff's "Killer" Cookies has been in business for 21 years now, which is no mean feat along a stretch of University Avenue with doubtlessly high rents and ample competition in the highly congested district. Tucked away in an otherwise unassuming strip mall, the little cookie shop makes its entire business on cookie sales; plus the occasional glass of milk. Cookies - much like pizza or burritos - are largely subject to personal preference, i.e. however Mom made them is obviously best.

It's like Assassin's Creed, But With Japanese Cookies

Girl Scout Launches Cookie Boycott Campaign After Organization's Inclusion Of Transgender Child
Huffington Post, January 11, 2012
      A California-based teen is hoping to spearhead a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies after the organization's controversial decision to admit a 7-year-old transgender child to a Colorado troop this past fall. The girl, which World News Daily has identified only as Taylor from Ventura County, California, appears in a YouTube video in which she claims her organization is using proceeds from sales of the popular cookies to "promote the desires of a small handful of people."

Blue Ribbon #208 Cookies Raise Money For Shawn Schneider Fund
KSTP.com, January 10, 2012
      You can help support the family of fallen Lake City Police Officer Shawn Schneider by simply buying a cookie. The Hanisch Bakery and Coffee ship in Red Wing started selling Blue Ribbon #208 cookies on the day of Officer Schneider's funeral. The cookies are $2 each and all proceeds will be donated to the Shawn Schneider Fund. Schneider died on December 30 after being shot on the job.

Cookie Maker Spices Up Its Offerings
Globe and Mail, January 9, 2012
      When you think about cookies, Indian spices might not be ingredients that readily come to mind. But that didn't stop Marshall Tully from developing protein-rich cookies that feature spices such as cardamom and saffron. That may seem like a strange combination for many people who think about Indian spices as being, well, spicy as opposed to part of a sweet confection, but Mr. Tully's cookies seem to be satisfying a hunger.

Cookie College Preps Girl Scouts For The Dough
Roanoke.com, January 8, 2012
      The session gave Girl Scouts information about safety and goal setting for the cookies sale. The girls gathered at Hollins University, where volunteers talked to them about safety, marketing, handling money and setting goals, just in time for this year's sale.

Kids Clean Up Politics At Hillis Cookie Caucus
Des Moines Register, January 7, 2012
      They woo support for their candidate, vote and eat their favorite. A school-wide caucus last week at Hillis Elementary School brough sweet victory to one candidate - the chocolate chip cookie. The school held its second cookie caucus on January 3, the day a record number of Iowans went to their precincts to select a presidential candidate.

Sault Ste. Marie Above Average When It Comes To Baking Cookies
The Sault Star, January 7, 2012
      The survey is in and Saultites still like their ovens, and their home-baked cookies. A nationwide market analysis says roughly 41% of Saultites still bake from scratch, compared to a national average of just under 39%.

Yoakum Man Finds Meaning In Hunt For Special Cookie Jar
Victoria Advocate, January 5, 2012
      The Cookie Jar is an antique store housed in a ramshackle building on alternate U.S. Highway 77, just outside of town. Surrounded by ancient things, owner Joe Chandler is living his dream. It all started with a cookie jar. When he was a kid, his grandmother kept cookies in a special cookie jar. They weren't anything fancy, those cookies, but taking them out of the ceramic jar, painted red and green, shaped like an apple, that made them special.

Mt. Pleasant Centenarian Feels Fit, Happy
Victoria Advocate, January 5, 2012
      For more than 50 years, Anne Karaffa was known as the "cookie lady," baking wonderful cookies and sweet treats for festivals and sales at St. Pius church in Mt. Pleasant. "I always loved to bake," Karaffa said. "I used to make pizzelles. I used my own recipe and I would make 400 in an evening."

Dawn Casale And David Crofton Of One Firl Cookies On Wooing Each Other With Baked Goods
Village Voice, January 4, 2012
      Dawn Casale and David Crofton are the owners of One Girl Cookies, the Brooklyn-based shop that sells, naturally, all sorts of cookies and other baked goods. They are also the authors of One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies from Brooklyn's Beloved Bakery, which hits shelves on January 10. We called them up to learn more about their new book and to discover what is the most underappreciated in the cookie canon.

Gearing Up For Girl Scout Cookie Season With A New Cookie!
blog.girlscouts.org, January 3, 2012
      In honor of the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting, a new cookie is being introduced this year - Savannah Smiles, a cool and crisp lemon wedge cookie with a name that reflects the home of the Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low.

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