Aunt Kelly’s Cookies providing fresh, old-school flavor to customers

Many people fondly remember, adore, and revere the old-school packaged cookies that were cravings before and after the lunch bell rang. The taste of chocolate chip or even butter crunch cookies was something most couldn’t resist. And while some still long for the authentic taste that’s so hard to find, Kelly Simmons has baked up the perfect recipe. After owning a beauty salon for 13 years and then working as an educator in Jessup, Maryland, Simmons founded and opened Aunt Kelly’s Cookies, a bakery where customers brag that “you can taste the homemade goodness in every bite.” “I only use the freshest, highest quality ingredients, and we bake on site every day to ensure that the cookies taste as fresh as they look,” Simmons remarked on the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s Live Morning Breaking News Program, “Let It Be Known.” Located at 857 N. Howard Street in Baltimore, Aunt Kelly’s Cookies has earned acclaim for its butter crunch, chocolate chip, and butter pecan cookies. One of the more popular is the butter crunch and chocolate chip combination. “That’s my favorite,” Simmons exclaimed. “I thought, ‘why hasn’t anyone put those two together?’ I wondered why they were never married.” The combination proved so popular, Simmons included it in her “Cookie of the Month” selections. That wasn’t the only flavor customers – both in Baltimore and those ordering online – craved. “I did another one called butter pecan, and I brought it out as a Cookie of the Month,” Simmons recalled. “When I took it away, my customers hounded me for almost eight months to bring them back.” Simmons’ journey into the bakery business began in the 1980s as a young girl living in Baltimore, she said. “I was in grade school, and like many of my peers, I would make sure I had change for buying butter crunch cookies. As the years passed, I searched for but could never find that same butter crunch taste I remembered,” she explained. “That is until I started baking my own cookies in 1999. I had finally discovered the key ingredients that make this memorable […]

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