Because I am passionate about food, art, and service, when all three of these interests come together it's a beautiful thing. I was at the Fancy Foods show back in early summer and felt drawn to a particular booth because of the folk art on the "walls" of the booth. I didn't even know what the product was; I just wanted to look at the art.

As it turns out, the Immaculate Baking Co. makes cookies and other baked goods, uses folk art images on their packaging, and supports the Folk Artist's Foundation through donations and community art programs. There are number of renowned folk artists from Alabama, and Immaculate Baking Co. includes the work of two of my favorites, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Mose Toliver.The goal of the company is to offer great-tasting, all-natural treats and inspire the natural artist in all of us. Their slogan is "Cookies with a Cause".

So what about the cookies? They have ready-to-bake, all organic cookie dough that you just take out of the bag and bake. Take your pick: chocolate chunk, triple chocolate chunk, vanilla sugar, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin and cranberry oatmeal white chocolate. They also have packages of ready-to-eat cookies, brownie dough and ready-to-bake biscuits and scones.


I made a batch of the chocolate chunk cookies for our tailgating party this past weekend and there wasn't a single one left after the game. Everyone thought they were homemade. And they were. Sort of. These cookies were exactly how I like my cookies: soft and chewy and very chocolatey. The great thing about the cookie dough is that it's already divided up into portions in the package, so all you have to do is separate the sections, place them on the baking sheet, and bake. The fact that the company supports folk artists just makes me feel so much better about eating cookies. Like I need a reason. You can find Immaculate Baking Co. products in grocery stores all over the county, or you can order online. Check them out and let me know how you like them.