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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

Cherry-Infused Cheesecake

My sister and brother-n-law - Maria and Al Biggs - are coming to visit next week - and both will be celebrating birthdays.  Maria on Flag Day - the 14th - same day as President Trump - and Al on June 16th. One of the things they have requested is my cherry-infused cheesecake which I made the last time they were visiting.  This is the best-ever cheesecake but it takes a bit of time - 1 hour 25 minutes for the preparation and 1 hour to bake. Worth it!

Ingredients for the Cherry puree

21 ounces cherry pie filling

2 Tbsps. granulated sugar

2 Tbsps. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. almond extract

Red food coloring

How To Make It

*  Puree cherry filling until smooth.  Pour in medium saucepan.

*  Combine 2 Tbsps. sugar with 2 Tbsps. cornstarch; stir into cherry puree.

*  Cook over low heat until mixture is bubbling.  Cook for 2 minutes.

*  Remove from heat, stir in almond extract and a little red for coloring.

*  Set aside to cool.

Ingredients for the Crust

1 cup sliced toasted almonds

1 cup graham cracker crumbs (1 sleeve)

1/3 cup butter (melted)

How To Make It

*  Grind toasted almonds fine. Stir in graham cracker crumbs, then add melted butter and combine.

*  Lightly coat 10” cheesecake (springform) pan with butter.

*  Press crumb mixture evenly on the bottom  and sides of the pan.  Use a wide bottom glass or flat cup to smooth out crumbs and press so that crumbs adhere to sides of pan.  Try to work it so that there is not too much crumb mixture in the crease.  Work it out with the back of a spoon or your finger.

*  Chill 15 minutes.

Ingredients for the Cheesecake

32 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3 Tbsps. amaretto liqueur

1 Tbsps. lemon juice

1 tsp. vanilla extract

3 eggs, lightly beaten

How To Make It

*  Place a shallow baking on the lower shelf of the oven. Fill the pan with water.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

*  In a large bowl with an electric mixer combine cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, amaretto, lemon juice and vanilla.  Beat until light and fluffy making sure there is no unmixed cream cheese on the bottom of the bowl.  

*  Add beaten eggs all at once, beating on low speed until just mixed.  Do not over beat.

*  Pour one third of cream cheese mixture into prepared pan.  Top with one third of the cherry puree.  Swirl cherry mixture into cream cheese using a table knife.

*  Repeat layers twice more - ending with the cherry puree.

*  Place cheesecake on the middle shelf.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes - until the center appears nearly set when you gently shake the pan.  Open oven door, turn off oven, allow cake to sit in oven with door open 25 minutes. 

*  Remove cake from oven and cool completely on a wire rack.  Refrigerate uncovered for several hours. 


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The Democrat Party Is Comprised Of Demons; The Republican Party Is Comprised Of Dolts

I would like to personally apologize to Hope Hicks because one of MY employees was rude, nasty and vicious to her on Thursday.

That employee was U.S. Rep. Jerry “Nasty” Nadler and yes - he is my employee because I am a taxpayer and I pay his salary.  So do you.

If you missed reading the print-out of Nasty Nadler’s hearing on Thursday in which he interrogated Hicks - a private citizen, he intentionally attempted to embarrass and fluster her by speaking about her sex life.

Let me start at the beginning for those of you who live in a cave or refuse to be involved in news that affects your very life and liberty.

This nation is facing some very serious problems. Just to name three:

1.  We have an invasion occurring at our southern border where several thousand illegal immigrants break into our country every single day (thousands daily) bringing with them dangerous drugs that are killing Americans, third world diseases that have been long since eradicated in this country that are killing Americans, and criminals and terrorists who are killing Americans.  These illegal immigrants are also ruining our educational system, our hospitals and many of them drive drunk (killing even more Americans).   If you want to read all about crimes by illegal immigrants go to:  

2.  Our nation’s infrastructure - roads, bridges, water lines, electrical grid - are sorely in need of repair and replacement.

3.  Our public schools are woefully pathetic - where more than half of the kids who graduate from high school cannot read, do simple math or know anything about history, geography or science.

So while our country is going to hell in a hand basket on Thursday Nasty Nadler and his committee spent 8 (EIGHT) hours asking questions to a person who already has been grilled for 20 hours by Robert Mueller.    Muller was trying to find out if Russia colluded with Trump to make him President.

While Mueller found no Russian collusion with President Trump or anyone associated with his campaign Nasty Nadler seems to think he can find something that Mueller did not after spending 2 years, $40 million (our money), interviewed 500 witnesses (including Hope Hicks), 

received millions of pages of documents from the Trump administration, employed 18 anti-Trump Democrat lawyers and 35 anti-Trump FBI agents to investigate.  Even with all their prejudices this band of twerps found nothing.  NOTHING with which they could charge the President.

Instead of spending time in their jobs as “legislators” trying to solve problems that are important to We The People, Nasty Nadler and his committee spent 8 hours asking questions to which they knew before the hearing started they would not be allowed the answers.

Hicks - who ran Trump’s campaign with Cory Lewandowski in the ]very early days of 2015 - was subpoenaed ostensibly to discuss if Hicks knew of any contacts from the Russians with the campaign.  She answered those questions.  No - there were no contacts from Russians - except on the night of the election after Trump won when many world leaders and media from foreign countries including those from Russia called to ask for interviews or to congratulate Trump.  Hicks did not accept any requests for interviews but did arrange for heads of state - including Russia’s Vladimir Putin - to speak with the President-elect so they could congratulate him on his historic win.

But Democrats on the committee wanted Hicks to talk about her time in the White House as one of the President’s closest confidants. She was not permitted by lawyers to speak of anything related to her time in the White House due to the law of Presidential Confidentiality. No one - not even fired FBI chief Jim comey - is allowed to discuss in public what they talk about in private with the President.  (Comey needs to be prosecuted because he did just that in releasing his memos about private discussions with Trump to the New York Times.)

When Hicks refused over and over and over to answer the same questions which were asked over and over and over for eight hours Nasty Nadler became irritated and decided that he would get his pound of flesh by trying to embarrass, intimidate or fluster Hicks.  He did that by referring to her as Ms. Lewandowski.  Three times.

Why did he do that?  Because it was rumored that when Hicks and Lewandowski were working on the campaign in 2015 they were in a relationship.  (Lewandowski was married.)   I do not know if this is true.  It is none of my business.  Nor is it any of Nasty Nadler’s business or anyone else in the world.  But no - three times during the hearing THREE TIMES he referred to her as Ms. Lewandowski (which is so much simpler to say than Ms. Hicks).

Hicks corrected Nadler. She said, “My name is Ms. Hicks.”  Nasty Nadler said he was “preoccupied” as the reason for THREE times making this egregious error.  THREE TIMES he was preoccupied.  

Had I been Ms. Hicks on the second “error” I would have picked up my briefcase and walked out of the hearing - never to return.  Never ever ever ever to return.

So - now let’s see….if and when (don’t hold your breath) Hillary Clinton is subpoenaed to testify to congress about her 33,000 missing subpoenaed emails and about obstructing justice by smashing tech equipment with hammers, it will be just fine if Republicans at the hearing refer to Ms. Clinton as Ms. Lewinsky - a not too subtle reference to one of the MANY bimbos that Hillary’s husband Bill boinked while he was serving as President … and in the Oval Office (and the Dems claim Trump is lewd - puh-leeze!!).

This hearing was not televised.  But a transcript of the 8-hour hearing was made public yesterday.  I spent 4.5 hours speed reading it.   The Democrats to a person were nasty, rude, mean, vile and vicious to this very polite woman who even thanked them for their service to our country.  The Republicans never said boo about the behavior of the Democrats and sat there like stones while the character of this woman was vilified.  

Only one Republican had a complaint - he wanted a Democrat - Ted Lieu of California - to stop live tweeting the hearing.  Before the private hearing began the chairman Nasty Nadler said no one was to release any information from the hearing until the hearing was over and the transcript was published.  Lieu and several other Democrats (also breaking the rules) took and were constantly posting photos of Hicks during the hearing. 

After 4.5 hours of reading this garbage I have come to this conclusion:  the Democrat Party is comprised of Demons;  the Republican Party is comprised of Dolts.

Thank God for President Trump who is neither.  And he most certainly is not a politician.  MAGA!

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