Glendon Zachow of Redwood Falls is a local fixture known to many for his baking hobby.

He mentions a story involving his wife and how it all began.

“It really started when Ruth was recovering from back surgery about 45 years ago,” said Zachow. “I decided to bake a cake for company; I figured people would come to visit and I should have something for them.”

Following that, he eventually began baking and leaving plates of cookies and bars as a thank you for farmers who allowed Glendon and his son to trap on their land. He has done a lot more baking since he retired, although he still helps the local school district’s janitorial staff on an as-needed basis.

When Zachow was on its staff he used to brighten student’s days by leaving cookies in student’s lockers; he’s always seen his “cookie habit” as a ministry and a way to do nice things for the community he calls home. He has also helped family and friends by baking cookies for special events, such as weddings, and he has never charged for them,

“I do it because I like it,” he said.

A while back, his wife insisted he start tracking some things to satisfy her curiosity, and he keeps a log of how many cookies and goodie-plates he has given away. Recipients of his generous outreach include random strangers in the park across from his home, people in need, local businesses, churches and so many others.

Last year Zachow went through more than 150 bags of chocolate chips.

Ruth was 78 when she passed away a few months ago, only a month away from celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary.

Now, Zachow does much of his baking with his great-granddaughter who enjoys baking with him. He even helped her run a cookie and lemonade stand, which helped give her a better grasp of math skills and have a lot of fun in the process.

This year alone he has already given away more than 50 plates of cookies for the holiday season.

Zachow has a few recipes he is fond of and has shared a couple for anyone wanting to make some holiday treats this season.

Bar Recipe:

1 C white corn syrup

2 C Peanut Butter

1 C Brown Sugar

--melt together without boiling

Add 3 cups rice crisp cereal and 3 cups crushed Crispix cereal. Mix together and press into a pan. Melt 2 sticks butter, add 2 small packages of instant vanilla pudding and 6 tablespoons of milk.

Mix in 4 cups powdered sugar and press into the crust.

Let cool and top with 1 stick of butter melted with 8 ounces of chocolate chips.

Cookie recipe:

1/2 C softened butter

3/4 C sugar 3/4 C brown sugar

1 tsp Vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 1/4 C flour

1/3 C cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 C chocolate chips

Bag of chocolates such as Hershey Kisses

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until blended.

Add eggs and milk and then beat.

Gradually beat in dry ingredients and then stir in chocolate chips.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls and bake 10-11 minutes.

Gently press 1 chocolate into the center of each cookie and then let cool.