Mar 07, 2012

Sweet Talk: One Girl Cookies {& Cookbook Giveaway}

By: Amy Atlas, in Great Finds, Swag

Photo credit: Kathi Littwin.

I’m excited to introduce you all today to Dawn and David, the husband/wife team of One Girl Cookies. They are Brooklyn’s little gems and I’ve been buying their delicious cookies for years. Like me, Dawn started her career doing something completely different. She was in fashion and realized that she wanted to share the joys of food with people for a living. Fueled by friends and family, she took a leap of faith and started One Girl Cookies. One Girl because that is what the company was.. one girl…just Dawn. Dave was hired as a baking assistant as the company started to expand. The rest, as they say, is history. Their first cookbook came out in January and you know I snatched it up as quickly as I could. With recipes like Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies and Southern Red Velvet Cake, you can now make their delicious confections in your own kitchen.

Dawn and Dave are giving away a copy of their cookbook to one of our lucky winners. To enter, please tell us your favorite bakery treat and make sure you like us on Facebook.  One lucky winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends on Friday, March 9th at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be contacted via email and will need to respond with requested information within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be chosen. Amy Atlas Events LLC and the sponsor reserves the right to cancel or end the contest at any time.

UPDATE: Dawn and Dave are giving away another copy of their cookbook to our readers. Now you have twice the chance to win!

Scroll down to meet the One Girl Cookies duo! Good luck!

Photo credit: Kathi Littwin.                                                                     Book cover photography by Iain Bagwell.

First of all, congratulations on the book. It is amazing.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in the baking business.

Dave:

I started working in a bread bakery a long, long time ago.  It was a scratch bakery where we even milled our own wheat, and once I started in the bakery business I could never get it out of my blood.  I started as a ‘bread kneader’ and worked my way up to being head  baker over the course of 3 years. It was an amazing experience but I knew early on that I wanted learn more about pastries and other baked goods besides just bread.

Dawn:

I had actually been working in high end retail for a number of years, always with the thought that I would eventually own a food related business at some point. The appreciation for preparing and sharing food came from being raised in a large Italian family. So, through a very organic process, I decided it was time to take the leap so I decided to start One Girl Cookies.

2. How did you guys meet?

Dave:

It is really remarkable.  I had left the food world when I moved to NYC and got an office job.  However, I never could forget how much I loved the satisfaction of working with food.  Eventually, I decided to get back into it and I enrolled in pastry school.  My classes were at night, so I was looking for a job in a kitchen during the day.  Little did I know that Dawn was living just a few doors down from me, and her ever-growing cookie business needed some help.  We met up through a mutual friend and Dawn (reluctantly) agreed to take me on as her baker.  We hit it off immediately and things took off from there.

Dawn:

It’s a story that almost sounds made up, but it is true! I hired Dave to be my baker but little did I know what I was in for! We obviously really hit it off!

Photo credit: Kathi Littwin.

3. What is your most popular cookie?

Dave:

Lucia is a layered square cookie with shortbread, hand-stirred caramel, and imported chocolate.  It is decadent and indulgent and absolutely fabulous!

Dawn:

And of course, the traditional chocolate chip because people just cannot resist the nostalgia of them

4. Which cookie is your favorite?

Dave:

Leona is a bar cookie with oats, coconut and raspberry jam.  It is rustic, but the combination of these flavors works very well, and it a taste of leona is incredibly satisfying!

Dawn:

This answer is subject to change almost daily (the beauty of owning a cookie business!) but right now I am loving Sadie. It is an orange butter cookie with cream cheese in the dough, which gives it an almost velvety texture. It’s topped with one of my favorite ingredients on Earth, coconut.

5. What inspires you?

Dave:

I love living in New York because so much is happening here that you can not help being inspired!  The food scene here is always changing; I love to taste new desserts at restaurants, or maybe just a new ingredient that we see in the market.  The challenge is then t to bring that new idea into the world of cookies.

Dawn:

So many things, though I agree with Dave when he mentions NYC, but I would say Brooklyn in particular. There are so many exciting things going on in the culinary landscape here that it is truly exciting. I become inspired when I speak to other business owners and hear about their experiences and thoughts or when I go into a local artisan market and see interesting, creative, high quality products on the shelves. Just being surrounded by people who are doing something that they love and care about as well as people who appreciate and want to buy those things is all pretty inspiring.

6. What has been your favorite moment of your career so far?

Dave:

Writing our cookbook together was an amazing experience.  Dawn and I had to work very closely and share a ton of exciting ideas, as well as really focus and get the project done.  It was a lot of work, but I am very proud of all of the writing and styling that Dawn did.  The book is just amazing!

Dawn:

After 12 years, I’ve had so many of those moments. I could really never choose one, but one of the more recent happened right after our book was released. A customer (Rachel) and her daughter (Rebecca), who have been coming in regularly since the day we opened our shop, came to our signing party. They bought our book and Rebecca apparently read it from cover to cover, but also developed a new, intense interest in baking. She’s taken it very seriously and is eager to learn more about baking technique. As a matter of fact, she has brought in several cookies that’s she’s made from the book (delicious, I might add!) for us to try. Realizing that our book could have an impact like that is pretty remarkable.

7. Where can people go to get your sweet treats?

They can either come into our shops (68 Dean St or 33 Main St, Bklyn) or they can order online at www.onegirlcookies.com

 

 

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