BURTON (WJRT) - Every year St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Burton puts a sweet spin on the holiday season.
"Almost 40 people waiting at the door to get in at 10 o'clock and it really was a crush of people to come through to check out the cookies and buy some for home," said Father Matthew-Peter Butrie of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.
St. Nicholas' hosted their annual "Cookie Walk" Saturday morning, featuring dozens of different kinds of ethnic cookies and other baked goods.
9-year-old Jenna Paul had her first experience with this tasty tradition.
"It's really cool, it's like we never really get to do this,” said Paul of Grand Blanc, whose favorite treat was the Buckeye. “I've never really seen any other cookie walks anywhere else. I think it's just really cool and it's like right in our area and it's really convenient."
The vast assortments of savory deserts are popular among people who may not have time to bake for the holidays. Many customers will purchase the baked goods and stock up their freezer for the holidays. And it's also a very common gift idea.
"It's things you might night make at home or even be able to find in the store and so you can come here and get it,” said Butrie. “People have bought them for office parties, for their homes to share with family and friends. So it's a great opportunity to share and not have to do all the work at home."
Over 600 pounds of cookies were sold on Saturday and they were available for $8 a pound. Butrie has been with the church for 11 years and he's amazing at how the community pitches in for the decade’s long tradition.
"So many people bake at home, we have workshops in the kitchen here,” said Butrie. “Men and women in the parish who like to bake and enjoy the baking making all these different cookies."
And they are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet teeth, according to one happy customer.
"The cookies taste really good," said Paul.