Maybe I should title this one Local “Sweets”! There is a new business in Mason City, that you and your sweet tooth won’t want to miss.  Recently my son and I were out on the west side of town and we noticed a bunch of balloons outside a store with a poster board sign that said “Now Open, Kara’s Cookies”!  We turned that car around, found a parking place and went inside. This store had only been open a few days and the permanent outside sign would be coming the next Monday.


As soon as you walk into Kara’s Cookies, the wonderful aroma of fresh-baked goodness hits your nose immediately! Then you are greeted by the friendly owner and baker, Kara.

Kara said she always has loved to bake. Even though she has more than one college degree, she stayed home to raise her kids and ran Kara’s Cookies out of her home for the last ten years. She decided now was the time to take a leap of faith and try her business in a commercial space.

She has a variety of cookies that sell for $1.50 each, except for the frosted sugar cookies that sell for $2.00. You can even get her fresh baked cookies with ice cream in the middle!  She sells her homemade ice cream sandwiches for $4.00 each.

All are popular but her MOST popular cookies are any one of the three chocolate chip varieties. You can choose from chewy, salty and sweet or soft.


If chocolate chip isn’t what you want, you can choose from chocolate with mint chip, monster-made with peanut butter, oatmeal, a cookie with a Snickers baked into the middle, ‘groovy’ sugar, frosted sugar, or snickerdoodle.

IMG_2710    IMG_2709

Kara’s Cookies has drinks available for you to purchase that include coffee, hot apple cider. hot chocolate or bottled water for $1.00, canned soda for $.75, or bottled drinks including soda or Powerade for $1.50.

If you want to sit and relax and enjoy your cookie immediately there are plenty of tables where you can do just that!


My choice today was a delicious chewy chocolate chip!   IMG_2714

If you are like me, you will want to make sure to take a dozen or more home!  I like to take a variety to share.  It didn’t take long for them to disappear once I got home! IMG_2726

Now that I made you hungry for some of Kara’s cookies, you can find them at 2468 4th St SW in Mason City. (In the old Cherry Berry spot!) Kara’s Cookies is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from Noon – 6 p.m. Make sure to spread the word so we keep these delicious cookies around!