The Cookie Maven

Cookies and rhymes to have a good time. Stories and more for baked items you adore.

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Old-fashioned Lunchbox with Old-fashioned Cookies

Old-fashioned Lunchbox with Old-fashioned Cookies

The Little Birthday Party

Family Birthday Party Circa 1958

Welcome to my blog!  My name is Barbara, and I am a self-taught non-professional home baker.  I live on the Jersey Shore and have been passionate about baking cookies and creating new recipes for over 25 years.  Baking cookies gives me a rush of happiness and a  sense of satisfaction when their aroma surrounds me and especially when a perfect cookie creation is removed from the cookie sheet.  I love to share my cookies at parties, give them as holiday gifts wrapped up in decorative boxes, and take them to community events.

I have three grown children and this is me and my husband’s first empty nest year. While the children were growing up I often made cookies and our house was a very popular gathering place for their friends after school and on weekends.  I often packed oatmeal raisin cookies in their school lunches. We have a big roomy old-fashioned country kitchen in a turn of the century Victorian house. A plate of cookies was often on our large wooden table in the middle of the kitchen.

I am excited to share my cookie baking experiences and recipes with you.  I am currently working on a book that is compilation of my favorite versions of several common cookie classics and new creations that I think are destined to become classics. I would love to hear from you!

I always loved to cook

I always loved to cook


6 Comments so far ↓

  • Jeff

    This sounds wonderful!!!! I love home baked cookies- and I’ve even personally tried a couple of Barbara’s cookies- and they are scrumptious!!! I can’t wait for the new book.


  • Linda

    Hey Barb, GREAT!! XOXO Linda

  • Carole Aiken

    Love your blog and the recipes are mouth-watering. Can’t wait to bake them for my grandkids. lots of xoxo from carole

  • janis marcus

    you make it all look soo delicious, sooo fun and sooo entertaining.
    soon i will be asking you for your autograph!!!

  • Carol E. Mayer

    Barbara, you are a wonderful balabusta baker and your family is so fortunate to have you as their wife and mother. Your creations are truly cookies from the heart. Thank you for posting your great recipes. I would love to purchase an autographed copy of your book when it is published. Your blog is truly outstanding and I am lucky to have discovered it. Congratulations and best wishes to the Cookie Maven!

  • marissa

    LOVE this site!!!! Such fantastic recipes.. You clearly put a lot of work and effort into your little poems/ captions underneath the pictures and the recipes are delicious!

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