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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.


The Original Class Act - We'll be doing our "American Salute" program Nov. 10th and 11th to honor veterans.  Among the songs in our program are "O America" - made famous by the Celtic Women - and Diamond Rio's country Western hit "In God We Still Trust."

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


Apple Pumpkin Soup

I had some apple juice left over from making a cake and I don’t like to drink apple juice - it’s too sweet.  And because I’ve been so cold and wanting something to warm me up I decided to make soup with it.  This is a great recipe to achieve both goals:  use the juice, get warm.



4 Tbsps. butter

1 cup chopped onion

1 small apple (I used a Snap Dragon), peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp. curry powder

1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

2 cups chicken broth

1 cup apple juice

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup half-and-half

1⁄4 cup maple syrup (optional)

How To Make It

*  Melt butter in a large saucepan. Add onion, apple and garlic, and saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the curry powder and red pepper; cook for 1 minute.

*  Stir in broth and cider and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes.

*  Stir in the pumpkin, cream and maple syrup; cook for 5 minutes.

*  In a food processor or blender, puree the soup in three or four batches. Return the soup to the pot and cook over low heat for 5 minutes.

A View From The Castle - News Blog

Anyone Charged With A Crime Is Entitled to Face The Accuser

No one is above the law. By the same token, no one is below the law.  

The Constitution of the United States protects everyone.  Not just Democrats.  It protects everyone.  Amongst that everyone is President Donald Trump.  The Constitution gives him the right face his accuser in court.  The alleged “whistleblower” cannot demand annonymity.

While I realize that our educational system no longer teaches our US Constitution - it is still available to read on line so there is no excuse that some people do not know what is in that Constitution.  I speak mostly of the left wing lunatic Dimwitocrats and their spokespeople - the Main Stream Media.

I wish these uneducated morons would just read theConstitution before flapping their traps.  

Today I would like them to pay special attention to the Sixth Amendment.  It sets forth rights related to criminal prosecutions. It was ratified in 1791 as part of the Bill of Rights. The Supreme Court has applied most of the protections of this amendment to the states through the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. (The lefties might want to take time to read that one as well.)

But going back to the Sixth Amendment - let’s look at the Confrontation Clause which relates to the “common law rule preventing the admission of hearsay, that is to say, testimony by one witness as to the statements and observations of another person to prove that the statement or observation was true.” 

The rationale was that the defendant had no opportunity to challenge the credibility of and cross-examine the person making the statements. 

Some exceptions apply to hearsay:  for example…..if the person who heard the issue on trial is “unavailable at trial” - in other words DEAD.

An as we know the issue at hand - the person reporting the hearsay (the alleged whistleblower - he is not dead.  

A few months ago this person would not have been able to report ”hearsay” evidence - but just before he came forward a change was made in the rules saying a whistleblower did not have to be the “first person.”  The new rule said a whistleblower could report anything he overheard or someone told him at the water cooler.

Wasn’t that convenient?  That the rule was changed just in time for him to make his complaint. The change was made quietly.  No announcements.  The change appeared all of a sudden on the Department of Justice website.  I find this suspicious.  Am I the only one?

Now - again for the uneducated - let’s also look at the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, 5 U.S.C. 2302(b)(8)-(9), Pub.L. 101-12.  This is a federal law that protects federal workers who report the “possible existence of an activity constituting a violation of law, rules, or regulations, or mismanagement, gross waste of funds, abuse of authority or a substantial and specific danger to public health and safety.” 

A federal agency violates the Whistleblower Protection Act if agency authorities take (or threaten to take) retaliatory personnel action against any employee or applicant because of disclosure of information by that employee or applicant. And makes sure that the federal employee (1)  won’t be fired and (2) won’t have their security clearance rescinded.

There is nothing in the law about a whistleblower being guaranteed anonymity because if it did it would fly in the face of the Constitution (see above).

Some of you may recall the case of Robert MacLean who blew the whistle on the TSA when he blabbed that TSA had cut its funding for more air marshals. He was fired for reporting that. In 2009 MacLean challenged his dismissal on the grounds that "his disclosure was protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, because he reasonably believed that the leaked information disclosed a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.  MacLean - as he should have - won the case in the Supreme Court (7-2) in January 2015.

But in most cases (I think it is 98%) the whistleblower who has been fired is ruled against because can’t prove that they would not have been fired for other reasons.

So - while the whistleblower (he’s not) in the Ukraine case cannot be fired because he reported secret conversations of the President - he could be fired for other reasons.  And that is why he does not want to come forward … because he is a slime bucket liar and could never defend any of his other scurrilous actions.  This same character allegedly was transferred out of the White House in 2017 because he was caught leaking back then.  Why they did not fire him and transferred him back to CIA headquarters is beyond me.  This scum should have been booted out the door on the spot back in 2017.  I also want to know why he was still entitled to a Security Clearance.

The Trump Administration - very few of whom have been involved previously in the shady goings-on of politics - are very naive.  They think the Deep Staters are going to play by the Marquis of Queensberry Rules.  The Democrats play by the rules of terrorists, the Mafia and Mexican cartel lords.  They will kill you if they have to. (Just ask Seth Rich and Ron Brown.)

FYI again to the uneducated:  Marquis of Queensberry Rules are a code of generally accepted behavior in the sport of boxing.

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