About Us

Cookies With Heart

Reason to Bake is an artisan small-batch bakery in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, specializing in gluten-free, all-natural cookies that are freshly made from scratch and available to ship around the country. Our mission is to provide delicious baked goods for a gluten-free lifestyle, while growing a successful company that hires and trains intellectually disabled adults. We create an environment in which there are no limits to what anyone can learn and accomplish.

Our WNC bakery is rising among the best brands of gluten-free cookies. 

A Gluten-Free Cookie Company On A Mission

Reason to Bake launched with two goals in mind:

First, we are committed to training and hiring intellectually disabled adults as part of our growing company. We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to become the best version of themselves that they can…creating a safe environment where there are no limits to what they can learn and accomplish. We want to be that company that says “Yes, you can!”

Second, we knew the value of a gluten-free lifestyle but couldn’t find anything on the shelves to meet our standards. We wanted cookies that EVERYONE would love to eat. So we decided we would just have to create our own. Our Spicy Ginger, Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Oatmeal cookies meet the highest standards and we know you won’t be disappointed.

Made in Transylvania County, North Carolina, Reason to Bake is a company that believes we are all called to make a difference. There is no better place to start than in our local community. When each of us brings our best to the table, we all benefit. 


Reason To Bake founder Elise Sampson and her daughter, Carolyn Sampson created a company to foster young entrepreneurship among adults 

with intellectual disabilities.


Shop Our Gluten-Free Cookies For Delivery


Reason to Bake currently offers 3 flavors of all-natural, delicious gluten-free cookies: Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Oatmeal and Spicy Ginger. You will never find preservatives or GMO ingredients in any of our products. Because we never use preservatives, our cookies naturally come with a shorter shelf life. You will not find them on the shelf for months. This means you, our special customer, can be assured that the cookies you receive have been freshly baked and will taste like they just came out of the oven.