St. Peter’s cookie walk to sweeten holidays in Lewes Dec. 16

December 9, 2023

Cookie enthusiasts seeking their favorites among thousands of gaily decorated holiday confections will be waiting eagerly for doors to open at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, for the cookie walk in the parish hall of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lewes.

Prices will be $10 for a small box of self-selected cookies or $15 for a large box. Cash and checks will be accepted. The sale will end at 11 a.m. or when sold out, as happened the past two years.

“I love the fact that our cookie walk takes place as close to Christmas as we can schedule it, making a box of cookies a terrific gift idea for teachers, friends, hairdressers, mail carriers and others,” said Joanne Ward, event coordinator. “Our church-baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men will be in abundance. But every year, home bakers make family favorites and find new recipes as well. The amazing variety makes our cookie walk so special.”

Entrance to the sale will be though the church courtyard at Second and Market streets into the parish hall. Customers will exit onto Mulberry Street. Mask wearing is suggested. Shoppers will be limited to 25 at any one time and provided with plastic gloves, enabling them to browse and self-select from the tables.

From 8-year-old Harper Myers, who has made flourless chocolate coconut drops and apple-oatmeal laced cookies with her mother’s guidance, to bakers in their 80s, St. Peter’s members are busy preparing delights such as eggnog meltaways, coconut macaroons, snickerdoodles, pinwheels, peppermint wedding cookies, Scottish shortbread and toffee almond sandies.

Scott Samples and Jeff Whipple are among the most prolific bakers. “Each year we’ve probably made six or eight different kinds of cookies, three or four batches of each,” said Samples. These have included buckeyes – chewy chocolate cookies made with creamy peanut butter filling – and haystacks – chow mein noodles dipped in chocolate and almonds.” He said they will use 24 pounds of flour, baking for four or five days immediately preceding the sale.

In 2022, about 145 adults and children purchased nearly 15,000 cookies, not only satisfying their sweet tooth, but also supporting a good cause. As was the case last year, funds raised will be divided between the church choir to help with travel expenses or hospitality for visiting choirs, and the parish’s Heart and Soul Ministry.

That ministry supplies the Little Cupboard, an outdoor food pantry on Second Street in front of St. Peter’s, and works in the community organizing food collections and donations. For more information and a donations list, go to

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