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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.

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 Tomato Sauce

Yesterday I picked more than 100 Cherry tomatoes.  The garden is starting to give up the ghost.  I was not wild about the taste of these late-bloomers - they were not as sweet as those I picked in July and August nor were the as crisp.  I tried making a salad with them last night.  It was OK - but not fabulous.  Not wanting the tomatoes to go to waste today I made sauce with them.    It turned out great. I’ll use some today for dinner and freeze the rest.  Come December I will appreciate the sauce even more.

Cherry Tomato Sauce


1 Tbsp butter

1 small onion minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3-4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. chicken bouillon powder

Salt, black and red pepper  

1/2 tsp.  sugar

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Fresh basil leaves 

How To Make The Sauce

*  In a large skillet heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until it has softened, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

*  Add the cherry tomatoes, water and bouillon. Turn up the heat to medium-high. Allow to come to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes have begun to burst. 

*  Stir in salt, peppers, oregano, sugar and cheese.  When sauce becomes thick, stir in the basil and turn off the heat.

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Common Decency Is Far From Common Nowadays

A couple of weeks ago I used the quote by Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, in the Food For Thought section of this newsletter:  "Be kind whenever possible; and it is always possible.”

Me thinks I should send a Cookie Castle News subscription to a whole bunch of atheists, a whole bunch of left wing lunatic kooks in Hollywood, and the NFL.  They all need to be reminded to be kind.

The atheists are trying to have a judge disbarred who gave a defendant found guilty of murder a Bible. OMG!  A Bible! She gave a person going to jail a Bible.  Lock up the judge.

The Hollyweirdos got their undees in a knot because one of "their own' - talk show host Ellen DeGeneres - had the unmitigated gall to sit next to former president George W. Bush at a football game and she had a smile on her face. OMG! OMG! The left wing loonies think that you can only be kind to people who agree with you politically.

And the NFL was up to its old tricks of alienating a huge swath of their viewers by fining a player $7,017 for daring to wear a sweat headband that said "Man of God."  OMG OMG OMG!   Players can wear socks that depict police officers as pigs, but don't you dare show up with anything that has a decent message.  

However - there is good news with this story:

The NFL decided it didn't want to lose anymore fans than they already have thanks to the 'kneelers" and rescinded the fine after a massive on-line hue and cry.   And now New Orleans Saints' linebacker Demario Davis is donating the (so far) for the hospital by selling the headbands on line.

Hiss, boo to the atheists and Hollyweirdos.  Yay and thank you very much to Demario.  You made my week.

The headbands - Man Of God, Woman of God, and Child of God - are available at:  $25.  All proceeds go to St. Domenick Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.  They will ship Oct. 18th.

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