Local cookie maker gets national attention

They're called snaps, and these tasty local favorites have caught the eye of celebrity chef Rachael Ray.

Flathau's Fine Foods has been creating these gourmet cookies since 2003, and although, this isn't the first time these cookies have been featured on television, owner Jeff Flathau says he is thrilled Ray has chosen their cookies as the snack of the day once again.

"The national attention has spurred sales and spurred interest from customers as well as people that distribute," said Flathau. "So, it's been a great plus being on the Rachael Ray show."

The chocolate-flavored variety was the flavor that was featured Friday, but the company also offers five other gourmet flavors.

The process, which comes from a homeade recipe, is made with flour, powdered sugar, and candy, and one last family secret.

"We make the snaps from a recipe that my wife developed," added Flathau. "We make it in a cheese straw machine - actually it's an Italian cookie machine - the dough is made, put into the machine, comes out on sheet pans, goes into the rack ovens, cooled, coated, weighed, put into a bag, and then put into the proper containers."

These gourmet cookies aren't just an American favorite, they have also caught the eye of other countries.

"We've exported to Japan, and we're in talks with Mexico, Germany, and believe it or not, Iceland," said Flathau.