I have been around Barbee cookies my whole life. Long before we went into business, my parents would make them for friends and family for just about any occasion. It just seemed like no matter what was being celebrated, Barbee cookies were expected to be there.
I very vividly remember my first time baking Barbee cookies. I had been very much a spectator in the cookie making process until one day I received a frantic call from my mom, who was running late, and needed me to actually make cookies. It was a pretty daunting task, as these were not just any cookies. They had a reputation amongst our little community, and I was quite nervous that I would not be able to produce anything close to what was expected. I made my mom stay on the line with me and give me step-by-step instructions until the cookies were done. To my surprise, the cookies turned out just like they were supposed to!
Once I learned how to bake the original cookie, our legendary white chocolate-milk chocolate pecan cookie, I wanted to see what else we could come up with. I started to experiment a lot, and things were going pretty well. I was so excited to see our list of cookies expanding.
Of all the cookies I have helped to develop, the cinnamon roll cookie is definitely my favorite and the one I am most proud of. I was fifteen when I made the first batch of cinnamon roll cookies, and I had no idea how they were going to turn out. My brother, Christian, and some of his friends from school very graciously agreed to test the product. I was so excited when they told me they were a success! Later that night, I asked my mom if we could sell them, and she said “maybe.” It’s kind of funny now, as it has become the signature cookie of our store and loved by thousands! Even though it’s been several years since that night, I still get that same giddy feeling when people tell me how much they like the cinnamon roll cookie.
It has been such a blessing to be apart of this business with my mom. Over the years we have worked with and met some really wonderful people. It is so sweet to see people get so excited when they come into the store, as it reminds me of how excited I was when I came home to a house full of cookies. I have so many memories attached to these cookies, and it is so much fun getting to share those memories with people.