Milton, DE - July 8 2008 - In celebration of Independence Day, Bella's Cookies of Milton formally released its newest creation All-American, Oatmeal Raisin. A traditional cookie favorite dating back to colonial times, the Oatmeal Raisin cookie has roots deep in American History. Under decorations of American Flags, banners and an "Uncle Sam" top-hat worn by Mark Leishear, Bella's newest creation took center stage at Saturday's Historic Lewes Farmer's Market.

The history of the cookie and specifically the Oatmeal Raisin cookie can be traced back long ago. Since it's arrival on America's shores by English, Scotch and Dutch settlers, the cookie (then known by it's Danish name of "koekje" or translated "little cake") quickly gained in popularity among newfound American families and their recipe books. American cookies, like Americans themselves at the time, quickly became a mixture of tastes and styles among it's many different inhabitants. Spice cookies, shortbread, butter cookies, oatmeal raisin, molasses and ginger drop cookies were familiar and were often called "jumbles" or "plunkets". Cookies were made over-sized as sustainable treats for working farm hands. As the many tastes and styles of cookies have passed on and continue to grow through American culture, the Oatmeal Raisin cookie has become a staple of American cookies. Commonly labeled as a health cookie for its using cholesterol lowering oatmeal, and the antioxidant properties of it's raisins, the Oatmeal Raisin cookie is most often associated with family memories & grandmother's recipe.

Bella's oatmeal raisin pays tribute to memories of cookies past by using two types of organic oats, seedless raisins, and spices. Each cookie is "farm-hand" sized at 3.25 oz., and cookies are sold in double pack form (2 cookies) for $3.99. Bella Leishear can be seen dressed as the often called "Mother of America" Betsy Ross, on the tag of the All-American cookie. appropriate for it's release over Independence Day weekend.

More information about Bella's Cookies can be found by calling 302-684-8152 or visiting www.BellasCookies.com.