‘The Cookie Man’ Joe Barksdale dies

Joe Barksdale, the founder of the famous Barksdale Cookies at the Iowa state fair, passed away this week.
Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 11:56 AM CST
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) - The famous founder of Barksdale Cookies at the Iowa State Fair has died, KCCI reports.

Joe Barksdale was known as “The Cookie Man.” He started Barksdale’s Cookies in 1994. After 27 years, he and his wife gifted the cookie legacy and recipe to the State Fair, so Iowans can enjoy the cookies forever.

You can buy the cookie dough yourself now. Frozen bags are on sale through Sunday, Nov. 27, at the Iowa State Fair website.