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Eagles-themed treats create cookie craze

LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - With her cookies flying off the shelves, it's safe to say Meredith Wong's first week of work was a success.

"As soon as I could bag them and put them out, people were grabbing them off the tray," says baker Meredith Wong.

Wong started baking cookies for fun about two years ago.

"Just for friends and family, sometimes offering cookies for special holidays," said Wong.

But she recently decided to partner with Taylor Renda at Brookside Deli in Macungie.  Their kids are in pre-school together and they decided Wong would bake for the deli once a week.  Her first day of work fell on Super Bowl week, so naturally she made her first Brookside batch Philadelphia Eagles themed.  

Wong posted her Eagles baked goods on Facebook, letting people know she'd be selling them at the deli and the response was a cookie craze.
"Phone calls, people coming in, I think we had someone here at 6:00 in the morning," said Taylor Renda, Owner of Brookside Deli.

Between Wednesday and Saturday, the deli sold about 400 cookies, within minutes.

"It's kind of crazy to think that cookies could be such a phenomenon," said Wong.
It's a phenomenon that started as just a hobby, an underdog story that Wong and Renda hope will also play out on the football field Sunday night.
"Go Birds!" says Renda.

"I did the 'Philly Dilly,' I'm not really sure on the back story of that but I've been hearing a lot about it," laughed Wong.

As for the future, Wong is already working on special Valentine's Day cookies.

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