She’s been baking for the entire community for 18 years. Some years, she’s made up to 15,000 Christmas cookies.
The spirit of giving tends to shine brightest during Christmas time. That’s especially true in the small community of Levy in North Little Rock, where one woman and a few of her friends are spreading Christmas cheer by baking spirits bright.
Ever since she was a little girl, Wanda Bright Henderson has loved baking cookies.
“My favorite cookie is just a sugar cookie rolled in sugar. That's a cookie I’ve made since I had to stand on a stool and make them with my mother,” said Henderson.
Over the years, she’s created her own special recipe book full of handwritten recipes; some new, some passed down from her mother over the years. Many of these recipes are unique in that they don't just describe how to make a dozen or so delicious sweet treats. These recipes help Wanda make thousands of cookies.
“I recently bought 80 pounds of flour, 20 pounds of sugar, and 30 pounds of butter,” she said.
For the past 18 years, Wanda and her family and friends have baked thousands of cookies for the Levy community in North Little Rock. She makes them for family, friends, community members, the police department, fire station and pretty much anyone else who wants them! Her baking gives everyone a taste of home.
“A lot of people don't bake, or they don't have time to make cookies,” she said. “Homemade cookies are a treat for them and it’s just a joy to give them.”
Her record cookie making years ended with nearly 15,000 cookies. Each one filled with sugar, butter, and love.
This January, Wanda turns 80 and she said making these cookies keeps her young. After all these years, it's that one thing that never gets old.
“It’s always, always fun,” she said.