Local Gothenburg gentleman enjoys baking and blesses others with the products
COOKIE MISTER: Larry Franzen shares his love of baking by making cookies and delivering them to different places around the town of Gothenburg.
COOKIE MISTER: Larry Franzen shares his love of baking by making cookies and delivering them to different places around the town of Gothenburg.

As a native of Gothenburg, Larry Franzen has been in the area for quite some time and is a familiar face in the community.

However recently his appearance might brighten your day more than usual as he tends to make special deliveries of homemade cookies.

Larry, a retired business man and part owner of Franzen Inc., in Gothenburg has been taking the free time from his retirement to make cookies and deliver them to different businesses, clinics and storefronts throughout the town of Gothenburg. Some of his baked goods even venture to Kearney or North Platte.

“I bake cookies three days a week, and then I deliver them on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays,” shared Larry, who simply bakes and delivers the cookies just to bring joy to others’ day.

“It’s funny, people never ask for them, but they start to expect them after a little while. I think it gives them something to look forward to, and I love to do it!”

Larry has been retired for two years and aside from baking cookies, he is passionate about gardening. When he is not baking or delivering, he can be caught tending to the plants or canning the produce.

“I don’t follow the recipes very well at all. I kind of have my own and stick to that for the most part,” he mentioned.

Cookies aren’t the only thing he likes to share. The members of the Gothenburg Volunteer Fire Department get to taste test Larry’s homemade spicy pickles at each of their monthly meetings.

“I normally take one tray, that is pretty close to one gallon of pickles, and the whole thing is gone by the time the meeting is over! I never have to worry about having leftovers,” explained Larry, who has been a member for roughly 50 years.

He and his wife, Marye, who supports his cookie making, rarely eat any of the leftover cookies, “I give almost all of them away. Out of 60 cookies I baked the other night, I delivered all of them except four. Most times we don’t even eat any out of a batch,” shared Larry.

If you are lucky you just might have the opportunity to try one of Larry’s tasty treats. His cookies are sure to brighten your day and satisfy your sweet tooth.