Making cookies is Armstrong’s mission

Published 12:38 am Saturday, October 31, 2009

Taking his grandmother’s recipe and tweaking it, Robert Armstrong, owner of Selma Good Co., launched his cookie business earlier in October.

“I’m not a baker,” Armstrong said. “But, this past year I got to thinking about it more and more.”

Armstrong wanted to create a cookie business, despite his lack of fluent baking techniques, using his grandmother’s chocolate chip recipe, called Gammy Mamma’s, and butterscotch cookie recipe, called Mo Buddas.

“This is the test phase,” Armstrong said. “If they sell, I don’t know what my next step will be.”

And they are selling quickly. Carter Drug Co. and Mark’s Mart sell the cookies, and starting on Monday Swift Drug Co. will also sell them.

Although the cookies are sold wholesale to these stores, they are also available for individual orders with a minimum order required.

Armstrong bakes all the cookies by himself and may look into hiring out a bakery soon to do the baking for him.

“There’s so much more to it than I thought,” Armstrong said.

He is still figuring out how to make the best cookie despite the kinks of the ovens or changes in the weather, such as humidity.

With multiple reorders coming in from both stores, Armstrong stays busy baking. He has sent out 150 bags of about 30 cookies thus far.

Of the profits, 10 percent is donated to Integrity Worldwide, a international ministry program based in Selma.

“I wanted to help this town’s economy but also show how Selma is a good place to live,” Armstrong said. “I wanted to give back.”

Cookies start at $5 a bag. For more information, call Armstrong at 412-4214.