The Secret Ingredient To U-M Football Success: The Cookie Ladies!

Oct 26, 2016

Credit Benjamin Maynard & Bryan Ochalla

Every week during the University of Michigan's football season, a group of Ann Arbor women make sure the players get a taste of "home" by baking them cookies.

Known as the "Cookie Ladies," the women bake up an assortment of cookies which are delivered to the team for every home and away game.

I spoke with the lead baker, Ann Arbor resident Penny Griffin.

When Jim Harbaugh took over as coach, the football team's nutritionist tried to stop the cookie drop in favor of healthier foods for the players, but the team objected to the change, so the cookie baking continues.

Griffin says they've been thanked by many past Wolverine coaches, including Rich Rodriguez, Brady Hoke, and former coach Lloyd Carr, who actually brought the area bakers in to meet the team and introduced them as "the Cookie Ladies."

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