Cenla restaurant combines nuns and special needs workers for sweet results

OLS Cookie Jar employee Leanne smiles while in the kitchen
OLS Cookie Jar employee Leanne smiles while in the kitchen(KALB)
Published: Nov. 10, 2016 at 12:58 PM CST
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When it comes to baking, some say there is “nun” better than Sister Linda Norsworthy of the family of nuns known as “Our Lady of Sorrows” often abbreviated as OLS. After baking for church meeting, many years ago, the public first tasted cookies baked with a “higher flour-power” and never turned back. Years later, she and a group of helpers serve baked goods and lunch at the OLS Cookie Jar in Alexandria.

A nun-owned bakery that also serves lunch would be a story in itself, but it’s who shares the kitchen with Sister Norsworthy that will leave you astonished. Four sous-chefs help prepare the meals, dough and keep the kitchen clean, each one working with special needs.

They work diligently, smiles from ear to ear as they do tasks that many might find to be another displeasing part of the daily grind. One of the workers said he absolutely loves to clean and wash dishes.

To meet the workers behind the scenes at the OLS Cookie Jar, watch the video above.

OLS Cookie Jar is located at 347 Browns Bend Road in Alexandria, LA 71303. They are open from 7:30a.m. – 3:30p.m. Monday – Friday and can be reached at 318-487-8897. For more information go to