Karen Blumenthal’s Cornflake Cookie

Empire Baking Co. understands. It’s been tough moving on without Karen Blumenthal, Lake Highlands’ award-winning author and kind-hearted neighbor. Empire bakers know we all need a little pick-me-up to soothe our grief, so they’ve recreated Karen’s famous Cornflake Cookies, donating 50% of sales to support her work on behalf of the Dallas Public Library.

When writing books for young adults, Karen chose subjects as diverse as Bonnie and Clyde, the Tommy Gun, Prohibition, the stock market crash of 1929, reproductive rights and modern historical figures. Before her death in 2020, she spearheaded the effort to build the new Forest Green Library, which opened in 2021. Karen threw herself into extensive research for her many books and articles, and she relied on the Dallas Public Library (and dedicated librarians) to help provide the background that kept us riveted. Karen was also a talented baker, and she enjoyed sharing her creations with friends and family.

Empire was founded by husband-and-wife duo Robert and Meaders Ozarow in 1992, and they offer fresh salads, sandwiches and sides in addition to their breads and desserts. You may view their catering menu here, or pop into their stores at 5450 W. Lovers Lane or 5614 E. University Blvd. to browse the bakery case.

Proceeds will go to the Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Karen’s Cornflake Cookies will be available throughout the month of January.