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Organic Cookies Sold at Affordable Prices

Organic Cookies Sold at Affordable Prices

There is nothing better than a soft, crumbly, delicious cookie that melts the moment it hits your tongue. Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen makes cookies that do exactly that, and it has many people wondering how she does it. The secret, it turns out, is imagination.

“I love coming up with all different kinds of cookies,” Cathy Pemberton, founder, owner and self-taught baker, said.  “I come up with new ones all the time.”

Pemberton created the signature caramel apple and cherry vanilla cookies that are only sold in the Thousand Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York.  There are 18 other flavors she offers for sale—equally creative and mind-blowing flavors like Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip, Rocky Road and, for the adventurous types, Jalapeño Chocolate Chip. Better yet, of the 18 cookie flavors she sells, 12 can be made gluten-free.

To Pemberton’s customers, her gluten-free cookies taste like regular cookies. They are sold in Clayton Co-Ops and the Green Planet Grocery in Camilus. Pemberton is currently selling an iced maple cookie for the Dutch Hill Maple Farm in Tully.

Pemberton’s work and delivery station is her home kitchen. She has sold her cookies in fairs and festivals throughout Central New York like the NY State Blues Festival, the AmeriCu Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival and the Great NY State Food & Wine Festival. Pemberton also has a commercial license to bake in the Elbridge Community Church for annual festivals and farmers’ markets, locations where she makes most of her profits.

She is involved with the Downtown Committee of Syracuse and wants to work with pop-up shops. Pemberton works with eight corporate accounts that buy on a weekly basis, and she is looking for more.   “At some point, I’d like to have a factory and serious production,” she said. “I’m hoping to build something that will last.”

Pemberton uses all natural ingredients like organic butter, eggs, unbleached flour, except for the candy pieces that she uses in some of her recipes. The cookies are sold $3 for a pack of two. She also has a senior citizen discount, a whopping 33% (!) so seniors get the treats for $2 for a pack.

Pemberton opened her business three years ago after working as an assistant supervisor for 14 years throughout the Syracuse City School District. Pemberton is looking for assistance to help with running the business because she is the only person doing it.

Customers can order cookies from her website or can call/text her at (315) 263-9363.  She also has a Facebook page at Cathy’s Cookie Kitchen.

About The Author

Alexandra Rojas

Master's student of Magazine, Newspaper & Online Journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in Syracuse University; proud alum of College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey


This site celebrates the people places, and culture that make Central New York one of the most vibrant and livable regions in the country. From Auburn to Utica, from Syracuse, to Ithaca, this is LivableCNY.

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