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Intruder in the kitchen baking cookies?

Freshly baked cookies on a baking sheet

Some people like to wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, or a plate of hot bacon. You could count me in for both of those things, but freshly baked cookies would make the list, too. That said, I would be very suspicious if I woke up in the middle of the night and suspected – by smell or by the sounds of pots and pans moving around – that someone unknown was in my house baking them for me. This is exactly what happened to a man in Michigan this week. He heard some suspicious noises coming from his kitchen and called the police to report an intruder. The police arrived and found a woman in the kitchen baking cookies. It turns out that the man’s wife had stuffed some clothing under the covers in bed so it looked like she was there, then went down to the kitchen to bake a surprise batch of cookies!

Who knew that a simple batch of cookies could turn into such a big deal? I hope that there were enough to share with the police who responded to the call as well as with her husband.

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  • Laura
    January 24, 2010

    If an intruder broke into my house to bake me cookies, he/she seems a helpful type of criminal. I’ve got dogs that need to be walked and a bathroom to be cleaned, if they’ve got more spare time in between baking cookies….

  • Nicole
    January 24, 2010

    hehehe.. that’s a funny story

    my brother often wake up late at night because of the noice I’m often causing in the kitchen. His bedroom is directly above the kitchen 😛

  • MaryMoh
    January 25, 2010

    That’s very interesting. My husband sleeps so well that he will continue to sleep through even with noises in the kitchen 😀

  • Upul
    January 25, 2010

    “Great lesson! Great dialog!!
    I love to try to understand them………:)
    Thank You!!!”

  • Heidi
    January 25, 2010


    In my area, the Hardee’s restaurant chain has a television commercial that is a take-off on this very topic: little old ladies are in a man’s kitchen in the middle of the night baking biscuits when he hears them and bursts in wielding a baseball bat. The tagline is “Homemade, just not in your home!” Didn’t realize clandestine baking was becoming such an issue.

  • lululu
    January 26, 2010

    I would wake myself up too if I smell anything cooking in the kitchen!

  • Stacy
    January 26, 2010

    My husband has slept through lots of late-night baking adventures in a small one-bedroom apartment. I’m going to have to wake him up if the apocalypse comes or he’ll sleep through that, too.

    Tangentially, I’ve started putting half my cookie dough in a plastic tub in the fridge, then if I visit a friend, I take it along. I haven’t had anyone argue when I ask to use a cookie sheet and their oven and spoon a few cookies of dough out to make a little treat to share.

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