Patti Bess: Gold Rush Cookie Company Offers ‘Comfort Food Assortment’

Karen Nathanson and Mark Gold are the creators and owners of the Gold Rush Cookie Company, and their business plan is to bring you something sweet when you need it most.
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Cookies! No, not the kind your computer collects, but the real thing. These little rounds of sweetness that go so well with a glass of milk and happy memories of mom. The delicious treats that make the day’s struggles worth it.

Karen Nathanson and Mark Gold are the creators and owners of the Gold Rush Cookie Company, and their business plan is to bring you something sweet when you need it most. They moved to Nevada County from the Davis/Sacramento area five years ago. Karen had been a physiotherapist for many years and Mark worked in the automotive industry. Their children were mostly adults. Karen and Mark were looking forward to a career change. They wanted to use their other talents; do something more creative.

Karen has always enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen and in 2019 they both enrolled in baking classes through the American River College Culinary Program. New ideas percolated. They learned the chemistry and components of successful cooking. Their dream of owning their own business and their own recipes began to form. Cookies were the perfect answer for the comfort food they both loved to cook.



Their bakery and business is located at the Five Mile House, just up Highway 20, exactly five miles from Nevada City. Every week, Karen and Mark’s fresh cookies are on sale at the Nevada City Farmers Market as well as the Natural Selection, the Center for the Arts and the upcoming Grass Valley Brew Fest.

Cookies! No, not the kind your computer collects, but the real thing.
Submitted/Mark Photography Gold

They offer a full assortment of comfort food “cookies” including gluten-free chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. If you’re looking for something new and exciting, try their cranberry white chocolate or Mark’s favourite, “late night double chocolate”.



On Saturday and Sunday mornings, they also serve a breakfast sandwich, cinnamon rolls, and hot drinks for riders heading out on the mountain bike trails from the Five Mile House and for people passing through elsewhere.

Gold Rush Cookie Company offers online ordering for parties, corporate events and anything else you might need cookies for. You can reach them by calling (530) 648-7591 or their website: http://www.goldrushcookies.com

Another product developed by Mark and Karen is a traditional Jewish sweet dessert called babka. This bread is twisted with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices.
Submitted/Mark Photography Gold

Another product developed by Mark and Karen is a traditional Jewish sweet dessert called babka. This bread is twisted with cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Using their babka for French toast on a weekend seems like a guaranteed winner.

Perfect French Toast

Six large eggs

A cup and a half of milk

Juice of a medium orange (about 1/4 cup)

Two tablespoons of pure vanilla extract

A tablespoon of sugar

Zest of one lemon (about a tablespoon)

Half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon

A quarter teaspoon of nutmeg

Pinch of salt

6 slices of bread, such as Babka, in 1-inch-thick slices

Four tablespoons of butter

Two tablespoons of vegetable oil

Pure maple syrup, (optional)

Whisk together eggs, milk, juice, vanilla, sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in bowl; put aside.

Place bread in a shallow baking dish large enough to hold bread slices in a single layer. Pour egg mixture over bread; soak 5-10 minutes. Flip the slices; let soak a few more minutes or until thoroughly soaked.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a wire rack on a baking sheet, and set aside.

Heat two tablespoons of butter and one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat. Fry half of the bread slices until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to grid; place in oven while baking remaining bread. Reserve in the oven until ready to serve.

Serve hot with maple syrup, honey, yogurt, jams or whatever your family likes.

Patti Bess is a freelance writer and cookbook author. She lives in Grass Valley.

Karen Nathanson and Mark Gold are the creators and owners of the Gold Rush Cookie Company, and their business plan is to bring you something sweet when you need it most.
Photo submitted

Gold Rush Cookie Company offers a full assortment of comforting cookies, including gluten-free chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin.
Submitted/Mark Photography Gold

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