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  • Irma Martinez and Olga Ochoa package chocolate chip cookies at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.

       Irma Martinez and Olga Ochoa package chocolate chip cookies at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies was founded in 1972 in Wheeling and makes 25,000 pounds of cookies each day including cookies under different brand names shown in foreground.

       Matt's Cookies was founded in 1972 in Wheeling and makes 25,000 pounds of cookies each day including cookies under different brand names shown in foreground.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Celedonia Velásquez packages peanut butter cookies by hand at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.

       Celedonia Velásquez packages peanut butter cookies by hand at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies in Wheeling has about 22 employees making the cookies and 25 delivering them to local stores.

       Matt's Cookies in Wheeling has about 22 employees making the cookies and 25 delivering them to local stores.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies owner Matt Pierce said all of the cookies have to be hand packaged because they are made just like people make them at home and therefore are different sizes and shapes.

       Matt's Cookies owner Matt Pierce said all of the cookies have to be hand packaged because they are made just like people make them at home and therefore are different sizes and shapes.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Aurelia Arellano adds a cookie to each package, where an alarm goes off if it weights less than one pound.

       Aurelia Arellano adds a cookie to each package, where an alarm goes off if it weights less than one pound.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Fans cool chocolate chip cookies before they are hand packed by Irma Martinez at Matt's Cookies.

       Fans cool chocolate chip cookies before they are hand packed by Irma Martinez at Matt's Cookies.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Leticia Udave packages cookies at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.

       Leticia Udave packages cookies at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's employees 22 people to make their cookies and 25 more to distribute them to stores throughout the Chicago Area.

       Matt's employees 22 people to make their cookies and 25 more to distribute them to stores throughout the Chicago Area.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies are distributed throughout the Chicagoland area and even into Wisconsin.

       Matt's Cookies are distributed throughout the Chicagoland area and even into Wisconsin.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Chocolate chip cookies are cooled with fans before being packaged. Matt Pierce said no two cookies are the same shape and therefor have to be hand packaged.

       Chocolate chip cookies are cooled with fans before being packaged. Matt Pierce said no two cookies are the same shape and therefor have to be hand packaged.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • A machine wraps some of the 25,000-pounds of cookies packaged each day including cookies under different brand names shown on labels here.

       A machine wraps some of the 25,000-pounds of cookies packaged each day including cookies under different brand names shown on labels here.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies was founded in Wheeling in 1980 and makes 25,000 pounds of cookies each day.

       Matt's Cookies was founded in Wheeling in 1980 and makes 25,000 pounds of cookies each day.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt's Cookies in Wheeling has 22 employees make their cookies and 25 to distribute them to area stores. Matt Pierce said all of the cookies have to be hand packaged because they are made just like people make them at home and therefor are different sizes and shapes.

       Matt's Cookies in Wheeling has 22 employees make their cookies and 25 to distribute them to area stores. Matt Pierce said all of the cookies have to be hand packaged because they are made just like people make them at home and therefor are different sizes and shapes.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Celedonia Velásquez packages peanut butter cookies by hand at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.

       Celedonia Velásquez packages peanut butter cookies by hand at Matt's Cookies in Wheeling.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Gerardo Ramirez mixes cookie dough in one of two giant mixers.

       Gerardo Ramirez mixes cookie dough in one of two giant mixers.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Pierce adjusts a raw chocolate chip cookie dough dropper as cookies travel to the oven.

       Matt Pierce adjusts a raw chocolate chip cookie dough dropper as cookies travel to the oven.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Leticia Udave packages cookies at Matt's Cookies.

       Leticia Udave packages cookies at Matt's Cookies.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Pierce, co-owner of Matt's Cookies walks past one of two cookie ovens at right.

       Matt Pierce, co-owner of Matt's Cookies walks past one of two cookie ovens at right.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Matt Pierce mixes raw chocolate chip cookie dough in one of the two giant mixers. The company uses about 700,000 pounds of chocolate each year.

       Matt Pierce mixes raw chocolate chip cookie dough in one of the two giant mixers. The company uses about 700,000 pounds of chocolate each year.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 

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