Lancaster Cookie Lady breaks her own baking record
Susan Marshall, the Cookie Lady, points our her favorite cookie jars.
Marshall found her recipe book at a garage sale.
By: Mackenzie Grant
Susan Marshall is the cookie lady of Lancaster. Last year alone, Marshall baked 13,000 cookies. She’s made 7,804 cookie so far in 2015.
The recipes of her famous cookies come from a recipe book she found at a garage sale. Held together by tape and years of strength, the book sits on Marshall’s shelf ready for baking.
Marshall got her start baking as a teenager.
“Mama was good about letting us make a mess in her kitchen. So my sister and I, and our friends would bake. We would have a good time doing that,” says Marshall.
Now, with children, and grandchildren of her own, she passes what her mother taught her onto the next generations, in the way of tasty morsels.
“I’ve mailed bags of these cookies to my grandson in Dallas and to my granddaughter in California. I’ve taken these cookies to Atlanta. So these cookie recipes have traveled,” says Marshall.
But her passion for cookies doesn’t stop at baking. The 72-year-old also collects cookie jars. More than two hundred of them fill her home, on the ceiling, floor and tables. Some were given as gifts, others she bought for herself.
“They just follow me home.”
Her cookie jars are unique though in the way that they have never had an actual cookie in them. They sit as decorations, extensions of the famous Lancaster Cookie Lady.
Her title was earned by the thousands of cookies she’s given to anyone in town who’s sick, or working hard. The people of Lancaster even nominated her for the Best Cookie Maker.
“I give people my recipes and they say they just don’t turn out as good,” says Marshall.
She promises there’s no secret ingredient. She just follows the instructions from her fading recipe book, and sprinkles all of her cookies “with a little love.”