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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.


Sept. 22 Concert

The Original Cass Act will present its "Broadway Bound" show Sunday, Sept. 22 at Phipps Conservator in Pittsburgh.  The 60-minute concert begins at 1:30 p.m.  Admission, open to the public, is included in your ticket to Phipps. This photo is from our June 30th appearance at Phipp's.  We will have a special guest star for this performance. Maria Biggs will be coming from Houston, Texas, to recreate songs she sang as the star of many productions with New Kensington Civic Theater.  The photo at right is Maria as Phllia in the 1970 production of " Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum."  She's pictured with Bill Demma as Hero.

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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

Mom's Raisin-Spice Cookies

With fall soon to arrive and cool days on the horizon there's nothing like the aroma of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg wafting through the house to make the day warm and wonderful.   These cookies are so easy to make but take a little bit of time since you have to cook the raisins and make coffee first.  But the end product is worth the effort.  My Mom used to make these and send them up to me when I was away at college.


1 1/2 cups water

1 cup raisins

1 cup black coffee

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

2 cups flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ginger

1/2 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup chopped pecans

Confectioners' sugar


How To Make Them

*  Pour 1 1/2 cups water over 1 cup of raisins in a sauce pot.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

*  Remove from heat, drain raisins, reserving liquid, then cool.

*  Add enough black coffee to the raisin liquid to equal one cup.

*  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

*  Cream 1 cup sugar with 1/2 cup butter.

*  Beat in 1 egg.

*  Stir together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsps cloves, 1/2 tsp. ginger and 1/2 tsp. salt.

*  Add dry ingredients, alternating with coffee, ending with dry ingredients.

*  Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans and cooled raisins.

*  Grease a 12" by 9" by 13" baking pan and line bottom with parchment paper.

*  Spread dough into prepared pan.

*  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

*  Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.

*  Stir together 1 cup confectioners' sugar with just enough milk to make an icing that can be drizzled from the tip of a knife.

*  Drizzle icing over top of warm spice cookies.  Cool completely, then cut into desire sizes.  

*  Store in an air-tight container.  You may also serve these cookies warm but be very careful in attempting to remove them from the pan as they are not quite as sturdy as brownies and have a tendency to crumble and break apart when hot from the oven.  They cut more easily when they have cooled several hours.  Store in an airtight container or freeze for future enjoyment.

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Counting Polar Bears Is As Nebulous As Counting Sheep At Bedtime

Yesterday I received in the mail some very nice address stickers from the National Wildlife Federation.  And a letter asking for a donation to help save the polar bear population.

I appreciate the stickers but that letter just set me off because like everyone else who cries “the polar bears are dying, the polar bears are dying,”  the National Wildlife Federation cannot back up those claims with any credible statistics.

Do you have any idea how hard it is to count polar bears? It’s not like they line up and count off 1-2-3-4-5-……….

They live in environs that are not people friendly and they move around a lot not just from town to town but from one nation to another.  So maybe the polar bear you saw in Alaska and counted yesterday could be the same one someone will count in Russia next month.  No one is tagging the bears or shooting them with colored paint (at least I hope they are not doing that).  Also a lot of polar bears live in Russia and we have to rely on what the Russians tell us.  I’m not doubting the Russians - I’m just saying…..

The fact is that in the 1960s we had NO IDEA how many polar bears there were. Even now, about half of our population estimates are only educated guesses. So comparing guesstimates of today with guesstimates from the 1960s is just a foolish waste of time.

The guesstimates are wide ranging.  Those who say that global warming or “climate change” (previously known as weather) is causing the polar bear habitat to melt say there are only 15,000 polar bears world wide.  Those who have no preconception put the total at 39,000.

But none of them - NO ONE - knows for sure.  

There is one thing we know for sure:  polar bears APPEAR to be increasing in number in areas where there is a ban on hunting them.  Hmmmm.  Who’da thunk?

I just wish everyone who claims to KNOW for certain that polar bears are on the decline would show me some PROOF.  And please don’t give that song and dance about melting ice cap. I’d love you to have a talk with the  scientists who went to the arctic to measure “thin” ice whose ships got stuck  the last two years. The crews had to be rescued by helicopter because the ice was toooooooooooooooo thick for their boat tout through it. 

There is no way to know how many polar bears there used to be.   There is no way to know how many polar bears there are now.   And there most certainly is no way to even guess at how many polar bears there will be 50 years from now.

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