Cookies on a Mission

By on July 3, 2013

Kat Barbee has a passion, actually two – people and cookies. A former teacher, she left behind her chalkboard for an apron and opened Barbee Cookies in July of 2010.

Having come from a long line of excellent cooks and bakers, it’s not surprising that this former reading specialist loves spending time in the kitchen.

For 20 years, the Barbees were famous among family and friends for one cookie: white chocolate, milk chocolate, pecan. That cookie was often requested for parties, family get-togethers and cookouts.

With urging and support from church friends, Kat and her business partner, Kelli Stacy, turned a home business into a real labor of love.

Three years later, their business has grown and so has their cookie selection. Now offering over 25 different cookies, there is definitely a cookie to suit all tastes.

Barbee Cookies makes only cookies and cookie cakes, and they do it extremely well.

Barbee Cookies

When asked which cookie is their most popular, Kat responded without hesitation: the Cinnamon Roll Cookie. Reminiscent of a freshly baked cinnamon roll, the recipe was actually developed by her daughter, Hallee, who was 15 at the time. Kat and Kelli were so delighted with the results, they started selling the cookie at the store and the rest is history.

Cinnamon Roll Cookie

Kat said Hallee is also responsible for creating their sugar cookie recipe, which is the base for some of their other cookies.

Now 18, she will be going to art school in the fall. Although her mom will miss her daughter’s presence and extraordinary talent at the bakery, she is excited about what the future holds for Hallee.

Recently, I was lucky enough to try a selection of their wonderful creations. Thick, tender and delicious, all of the cookies were fantastic. Picking a favorite would be no easy task.

However, it was easy to see why the Cinnamon Roll Cookie, complete with icing, is the best seller. I also loved the decorated sugar cookie, molasses cookie and their wonderful signature chocolate chip cookie.

The cookies come beautifully packaged on a plate, wrapped up and tied with a colorful bow. They are almost too pretty to eat – notice I said almost.

When asked about tips for making a really good cookie at home, Kat offers this advice:

  1. 1. Bake what you love.
  2. 2. Use the freshest, best ingredients.
  3. 3. Realize that developing a really good recipe takes trial and error. It will probably not happen on the first try, so be patient.
  4. 4. Be your own worst critic because if you’re satisfied, others will surely like it too.
  5. 5. Use a convection oven for more even baking, if possible.
  6. 6. If the cookie dough is butter based, it should be chilled before baking. Otherwise, it may spread too much.
  7. 7. Never overbake cookies.
  8. 8. Use a cookie scoop to ensure uniform size and baking times.

 

Kat is excited about what the future holds for Barbee Cookies. The goal is to eventually do at least some of the baking at a larger warehouse facility while still keeping the present store front. Kat’s dream is to someday franchise the business so that other parts of the country can also enjoy Barbee Cookies.

What started as an adventure in faith is now a prosperous business with a bright future. There’s no doubt that Barbee Cookies will continue to deliver big smiles and wonderful cookies for a long time to come.

Their business is built on Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Kat adds her thoughts, “They’re just cookies; it’s not brain surgery. We are not saving the world, but by building a successful business, we can fund that – one cookie at a time.”

Barbee Cookies is located at 8222 E.103 St. Suite 136. If you need cookies or a cookie cake for a special occasion, give them a call at (918) 369-7997.

Barbee Cookies
8222 E 103rd St #136
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 369-7997

http://www.barbeecookies.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/BARBEE-COOKIES/

 

Jill Meredith – Author

Jill is a foodie and freelance writer who lives in Broken Arrow with her husband, their daughter and some furry family members. She loves spending time in the kitchen developing new recipes and reading cookbooks like novels. Besides writing for TulsaFood.com, Jill also writes monthly food related columns for Oklahoma Magazine and several weekly articles for Examiner.com. She loves sharing her knowledge and has even taught cooking classes.

 

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