Linda Stevens likes to bake.
But not date cookies.
"They are work," Stevens said. "Hard to work with. Hard to get off your fingers," said Stevens, 62, of Hagerstown.
Instead of setting to work in the kitchen, Stevens set to walking around tables full of cookies in search of her favorites Saturday at the cookie walk at First Christian Church in Hagerstown.
Norma Jean Warren of Greencastle, Pa., who helped organize the event, said church members baked and donated more than 50 kinds of cookies. The church's global outreach commission has been hosting the cookie walk annually for more than five years.
"This is the Christmas season. We know that a lot of people want cookies right now," Warren said. "One gentleman always comes in and buys six dozen, then gives them as gifts."
Attendees pick up a tray, put on a plastic glove and walk around the square of tables choosing the cookies they want to buy for $3.50 per dozen.
Betty Higgins browsed the sweets with Stevens.
"This is great because a lot of people don't bake," Higgins said.
Norma Jean Warren's husband, Wayne, said some people take the cookies home, freeze them and get them out on special occasions.
Kristy Weaver, 62, of Fairplay was considering doing just that.
"I work full time. I'm treasurer at my church. I'm busy. If don't get any (cookies) baked, I'm using these for Christmas. I'm a little bit ahead," she said.
Norma Jean Warren said about 35 people had bought cookies by late morning. Proceeds were more than $500. Unsold cookies would be packaged up in "baker's dozens" and sold between Sunday services, Warren said, bringing a total anticipated profit of about $600.
The global outreach commission plans to donate proceeds to the Community Free Clinic in Hagerstown. The clinic announced in recent months that it would not be accepting new patients and that it would be consolidating its workweek to four days in order to maximize efficiency of funding.
"We were made aware that there was a great need, a real need, and we wanted to support them," Warren said.
Though the cookies are tempting, global outreach commission member JoAnn Byers said "we can't eat the profit."
"But we do taste the crumbs," she said.