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About The Cookie Queen


HRM Pat Condelli, THE Cookie Queen, invites you to stop by The online Cookie Castle to see what her company can do to serve you.  Cookies - cakes - cookbooks - cooking classes - and entertainment are her specialties.


Cookie Queen Cookies

The Cookie Queen bakes the world’s most delicious all-natural cookies.  She will be happy to plan special cookie displays for your event.  She is known for speedy service when cookies are needed for a funeral or a sick friend.



The Cookie Queen also is the director, choreographer and lead soprano for The Original Class Act, a group that has been performing together since 1992.  There are 18 programs from which to choose.

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Cookie Queen Cookies

Cookie Queen Cookies are simply the most delicious cookies you can buy. They are made fresh daily in the spotless kitchen of the Cookie Queen's Castle in the town of New Kensington, Pa., near Pittsburgh. There are 42 varieties of Cookie Queen Cookies.  E Mail The Queen for a list of current offerings and their prices.


Cookie Queen Cakes

The Cookie Queen makes wonderful-tasting cakes for any occasion .. like this cherry-infused cheesecake.  Live and silk floral bouquets are the only decorations. The Queen makes only butter cream and whipped cream frostings.  She does not make fondant icing (it tastes terrible).


Cookie Queen Cookbooks

The Cookie Queen has published three books:  "Royal Recipes From The castle of The Cookie Queen,"  "Hassle Free Holidays" and "Never Scrub Another Toilet."  You can order copies from the Queen at or  phone Word Association Publishers 724-226-1255.

About The Original Class Act


In the beginning......

Just like the old movie story - a group of friends got together to “put on a show” for the church fun fair way back in 1992.  They presented a program of Cole Porter music.  The 3-day gig stretched into many years and many shows as the phone never stops ringing. Everyone wants to book this group for a retirement home, church dinner, women’s club, lodge meeting, holiday party.


An Audience Favorite

HRM  Pat Condelli, THE Cookie Queen, invites you to stop by The online  Cookie Castle to see what her company can do to serve you.  Cookies -  cakes - cookbooks - cooking classes - and entertainment are her  specialties.

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About Our Cast


Pat Condelli

Owner of Cookie Queen Cookies,Cookbooks  & Entertainment, Pat is the director and lead soprano of The Original Class Act. Pat also can be booked for a one-woman show - 20 songs in one hour.


Terry Shields

Vocal coach for this group of outstanding musician, Terry is our alto and also plays the piano, organ and guitar and does solo gigs for weddings and funerals. She enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. Terry is wearing one of our new St. Patrick show costumes which we made in January.


Bill Cellio

Ladies swoon when Bill holds their hands and sings directly to each special lady in the audience.  Bill is available as a wedding and funeral soloist.

Cooking Classes At The Castle


 Want to learn how to make the best pie crust in the world? 

Do your homemade cookies turn out misshapen and burnt? 

Can you put a gourmet dinner on the table in less than 15 minutes? 

Interested in learning more about Italian cuisine? 

HRH Pat Condelli, The Cookie Queen, also known as "the practical Martha Stewart," teaches all the tricks of the trade in fun-filled classes at the Castle in New Kensington, Pa. 

Home Economist Pat Condelli 


Pat received her degree in Home Economics at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been teaching cooking, baking and home making since 1968. 

Choose one of the following classes or tell the Cookie Queen what you would like to bake or cook and she will plan a class specifically for you and your friends. 

Pat also is available for LIVE consultation on SKYPE. If you have a web cam, message Pat on the internet for a time for a live SKYPE consult on your computer. 

* Dough Re Mi - How to handle all types of doughs - yeast, phyllo, pizza, pie, biscuit. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something wonderful. 

* Hassle-Free Holidays -. Save time and your sanity with easy holiday recipes. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something scrumptious. 

* Kids Can Cook - Easy recipes. Lots of fun. Hands on. Sampling. Take home something to show your family what you made. Class limited to six children. 

* Cookies to Die For, Cry For, Lie For - Learn to make "professional-looking" cookies that taste fabulous. Men of all ages really love this class. Hands on. Sampling. Take home some goodies. 

* Yes, You CAN Make a Pie - Anyone can and I’ll teach you how. 

* Intro to Cooking for the Single Man -Basic cooking skills for guys. Prepare wonderful meals for you and your buddies. Food safety. Learn how to host a party. Hands on. Sampling. Something to take home. 

* Carry Me Back to Old Italia - Grand recipes from the North and South of Italy. Family-tested for generations. Hands on. Sampling. Something to take home. 

* Ethnic Cooking With American Flair - You’ll get a little bit of everything in this class - Italian, Greek, Polish, German, Mexican, Dutch, Indian, Chinese. Six sessions.$300. Come for dinner. We eat first. Then I’ll show you how to make it. And you can take some home for your family to taste. Class size limited to six students. 

All classes feature hands-on (not just watching me do it) experience. And everyone gets to take home something they themselves made. 

Most classes are just one 2-3-hour session. There are morning, afternoon, evening and weekend sessions available. 

Individual Classes: $40-$60 (depending on items being prepared), which includes recipes and something delicious to take home. 

To register for a class, phone the Cookie Queen at 724 339-0920 or E Mail: 

Recipe Of The Week


Fit For Man & Beast

The Cookie Queen has a dog - a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Orielle Elizabeth.  Orielle has the MDR1 recessive gene. To help manage the health problems that come with that Pat only feeds her dog home-made food so she can control the nutrients.  Ori gets this stew every other day for dinner.  On the other days she gets steamed chicken breast with pureed pumpkin or sweet potatoes. For treats she gets popcorn - no salt, no butter.  (Yes - those are socks on he paws which she removed just as soon as the photo was taken.)


1 pound ground chuck  

2 pounds tenderized chunks of top quality stew meat

2 1/2 cups water

2 1/2 tsps. beef bouillon base

Salt, pepper, garlic power to taste

1/2 cup rice - rinsed  

2 cups frozen vegetables (I use carrots, peas, green beans). 

How To Make It

*  Place meats in crock pot.  

*  Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder.

*  Cover with water, sprinkle on the bouillon.

*  Turn on crock pot to high.Cook for 3 hours.

*  Stir in rinsed rice and frozen vegetables. Cook 2 hours more.

Serve to man and beast.  Both will love it.

A View From The Castle - News Blog


Exactly how many drugs have come over our border?

I am sick to death of "experts" saying that 90% of illegal drugs come into our country through legal points of entry. 

The factual truth is that 90% is 90% of what has been confiscated - not 90% of what got in here. 

No one knows how much illegal drugs have gotten into this country either at points of entry or through the open border. 

That 90% talking point is based on a false premise. And no reporter calls them on this. I was trained as a real reporter. My first question would be: exactly how many drugs are actually present in this country? And the answer would be - we don't know. No one knows. You can't count what you don't know. 

There is no one keeping tabs on the number of pounds or pills or the amount of powder that gets in. If there is such a counter - please tell us and then we can just go get it all before it kills Americans. But they don't know how many pounds or pills or powder got in. 

When you hear someone say 90% comes through legal points of entry - you know that is a false representation of facts. What they mean to say is that 90% of what has been confiscated we found at the legal points of entry. 

Are they just assuming that those who come through the open border are only bringing in a minuscule amount? 

This 90% claim is bogus and I want to know why it seems that I am the only person on earth who can figure this out. I have never heard one reporter call them out on this and I listen to the news basically all day long. 

Before you can claim 90% of all drugs you must know exactly how much drugs got in.....not how much you confiscated. 

It is only reasonable that you would find more at the legal points of entry since you can search for it there. When it comes across the open border who exactly is looking for it? 

Not every illegal who comes through the open border is apprehended. Most just walk, run or drive right in here and no one stops them since a handful of border agents can't patrol a 2,000 mile border. 

Or is there some big "drug detector" in the sky that keeps track of all the drugs whether we confiscate them or not? "Ohhh look - see that illegal crossing the border with no one to stop him - he has two pounds of fentanyl in his shoe. Better count those 2 pounds." Give me a break. 

Yet every single person opposed to building the wall spouts this stupid 90% number. Ask them - 90% of what number exactly? They can only answer 90% of what has been found. They don't know how much hasn't been found and they don't really care. 

Most of the folks who spout this 90% number are probably getting money under the table from the Mexican cartels. They do not want to stop drug trafficking. They do not want to stop trafficking women and children. It is too lucrative for they themselves and they don't have to worry because most of them live behind walls - unlike the rest of us who can't afford to build walls around our homes. 

The next time you hear someone say 90% of all drugs are stopped at legal points of entry I dare you to ask them....90% of what number.

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Cookie Queen Cookies, Cookbooks & Entertainment

(724) 339-0920