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Cookies for a cause
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Rick Dunlap of Moonshine Mountain Cookie Company gives a sample to Regina Farley during the Autumn Street Fair.

Cookie monster is famous for saying “C is for cookie.”

However, there’s another C word that’s not pleasant at all and that word is cancer.

The two C words are linked together through a Relay for Life fundraiser being organized by McMinnville Electric System. 

The fundraiser features wildly popular cookies from Mountain Moonshine Cookie Company, a business co-founded by Warren County native Rick Dunlap.

Orders for a box of a dozen Mountain Moonshine cookies are currently being accepted with delivery set for Valentine’s Day. Each box of cookies costs $25 with $10 going toward Relay for Life.

“The deliciousness of his cookies make them an easy sell,” said MES representative Debbie Sain. “He had a booth at the Autumn Street Fair and sold out by noon so people know what his cookies are about. This being a Relay for Life fundraiser also makes it an easy sell. So many people have felt the impact of cancer in their own families, we’d like to make a big impact with this fundraiser and make a big-chunk donation to Relay.”

Orders can be placed online through the MES website:

Each cookie box will contain three favors. Happy Pappy is a creamy white chocolate with real chunks of apple. Rocky Top features milk chocolate and semi-sweet morsels. Caramel by the Sea has caramel bits, chocolate-coated toffee and sea salt sprinkles.

Dunlap grew up in the Midway-Rock Island area and graduated from Warren County in 1979. His idea for making cookies dates all the way back to his college days at UT when he was a roommate with football player Mike Maddux. Along with Mike’s girlfriend at the time, and now wife Robin, Rick says the three friends were constantly experimenting with cookie recipes.

The three would initially co-found Moonshine Mountain Cookie Company as an e-commerce business before opening a storefront in Knoxville four years ago.