Our Story

Like the ghost tales of the Carolina Lowcountry, Grey Ghost Bakery’s legendary recipes have been passed through our family for generations. We’re a small family-owned baking company based in South Carolina and we use the highest quality ingredients to create our made-from-scratch, hand- formed cookies in a range of truly addictive flavors.

Pawleys Island, SC legend has it that the Grey Ghost, a friendly spirit, appears to alert residents of impending storms and protects those who heed his warning. Inspired by her lazy summer days spent baking and sharing Lowcountry lore with friends and family on the porch of her Pawleys Island beach house, owner Katherine Frankstone named the company for the beloved legend.

Our Founder

Katherine Frankstone - Grey Ghost Bakery

When Katherine Frankstone was the tender age of five, all she wanted was an Easy Bake oven, but her parents steered her from the toy shop back home to the warmth of their family’s kitchen where she climbed a stool alongside her father and learned to bake in the real thing. For decades, she has been satisfying the sweet teeth of her husband, sons, and flocks of friends with her perfectly balanced crisp yet chewy cookies.

Coming from a family of driven entrepreneurs – her grandparents founded an insurance company in the middle of the Great Depression – Katherine was inspired to transform her hobby into her own specialty food company. With Grey Ghost Bakery, Katherine is serving up a taste of her childhood with a good old fashioned dose of Lowcountry ghost lore.

Our Story

Premium Ingredients

Believing the real thing is the best thing, Grey Ghost Bakery’s fresh, all-natural ingredients include: unbleached, unbromated flour, European-style butter, pure cane sugar, whole eggs, pure vanilla extract, cocoa, crystallized ginger, molasses, cane syrup, and premium nuts and spices.

Our made-from-scratch, cookies not only feature fresh, premium, all-natural ingredients, they’re lovingly hand-formed according to secret family recipes perfected over generations.

Grey Ghost Bakery’s founder Katherine Frankstone learned the craft of baking alongside her father who always used natural ingredients. “Great recipes and premium, real ingredients are the keys to our freshness and taste,” says Katherine who joyfully points out that despite all natural ingredients and a lack of preservatives, the cookies have a surprisingly long shelf life (90-120 days depending on variety).

Awards & Recognition

Sofi Awards 2018

We are so honored and excited to annouce that our Molasses Spice cookie has won a Silver sofi Award in the Cookie Category for 2018! The sofi Awards are like the Oscars for the Specialty Food business, and we are incredibly honored that Grey Ghost Bakery has won its second award. In 2014, our Lemon Sugar cookie won a Silver sofi in 2014.

American Made

Each year, Martha Stewart and the editors at Martha Stewart Living honor makers, small-business owners, and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food, and style. ‘Made in America’ spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

Grey Ghost Bakery is proud to be a certified member of the WBENC (Women's Business Enterprise National Council) — an organization that seeks to fuel economic growth by identifying, certifying, and facilitating the development of businesses that are 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.