Clara Elizabeth Murphy Johnson was born on August 31, 1894. She always enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and friends but it was her icebox cookies, in particular, that became a household favorite. In 1987, her granddaughter Kay uncovered the treasured family recipe and baked her first batch of the cookies to give to friends on Christmas. In the following years, those who tried the cookies requested tins to give as their own gifts for holidays and specials occasions. Twenty-seven years after making her first batch, Kay made the decision to go full-time and share the cookies her friends and family loved with everyone.
On August 31, 2014, Clara’s 120th birthday, Clara’s Cookies fired up the oven and officially opened its doors. As a Georgia Cottage Food business, Kay is able to make each batch of Clara’s Cookies by hand as her grandmother did nearly a century ago.