March 2, 2021

Old-School Philadelphia Bakery Is Reborn As Vegan Cookie Shop

Vegan bakery Bessie & Izzy’s recently launched in Philadelphia, PA. The online-only bakery offers vegan cookies such as Delirious Chocolate Chip, Oatmealicious Cranberry, Peanut Butter Chocolate Wickedness, Chocolatey Chocolate Ginger, Snickerdoodle From Heaven, and Banana Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pie. Co-founder Mindy Greenberg, a third-generation baker, took the recipes from her grandparents’ bakery and tweaked them for a new generation using all-natural, organic, and vegan ingredients. 

Greenberg’s grandparents, Bessie and Izzy Greenberg, immigrated from Lithuania in the early 1900s and started a small bakery in Minersville, PA. When their son, Hank, attended Temple University, Bessie & Izzy relocated the bakery to Philadelphia so that Hank and his wife—Mindy’s parents—could join the operation full-time.

“We’re excited to get rolling and to get Bessie & Izzy’s cookies into people’s hands, and mouths,” Greenberg said. “After that, we’re transforming additional old family faves like Apricot Walnut, Pumpkin Spice, and more … I’m not going to say they’re better than the original Bessie & Izzy’s cookies, but they’re just as good, and they’re vegan.”

Bessie & Izzy’s ships its cookies across the United States and Canada. 

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