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.


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.


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?


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.


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?


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


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

4. Which cookie is your favorite?


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!


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?


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.


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?


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!


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



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  • Marcia

    While I am a classic chocolate chip cookie lover, I cannot resist anything with coconut in it as well.

  • YUM!! Love shortbread cookies!

  • Stephanie Mechanic

    I aboslutely love a crispy sugar cookie (plain or decorated). It’s unbelievable how creative and personalized you can get with sugar cookies and this is what makes them so special and delicious!

  • Migdalia

    OMG… I love baking. Please PICME …. i live in Puerto Rico My Favorite Bakery is LA RICOMINI

  • Martha Rice

    My favorite bakery item would be tarts. I love individual tarts of any kind, fruit, chocolate, nut, curds, you name it! Cookies are also at the top of my list!

  • beka

    anything with chocolate or coconut!!!

  • Nothing beats a classic sugar cookie.

  • My favorite bakery treat is definitely Butter Cake, a Philly tradition! Ricotta filled cannoli are a close second. As for cookies, a traditional vanilla sugar cookie is hard to beat, especially when they’re baked with butter and love!

  • Sue Martino

    Dave’s favorite cookie sound amazing — would love to try it!

  • I have received One Girl Cookies as a gift and LOVE them! I love to get whoopie pies and macaroons when at a bakery. Something I cant achieve the amazing yumminess at home:) xoxo

  • I love red velvet cupcakes.

  • Anything from a bakery could qualify as my favorite. But if I had to choose, probably a big slightly crispy classic chocolate chip cookie. One Girl’s pumpkin whoopie pies are pretty high up on my list of favorites, too…

  • Kristy

    I just really, really love cupcakes :). And I am a fan on FB

  • Misti

    Bakery Cupcakes! Moist, soft cake with a rich blob of buttery icing, the kind the crackles just a bit when you bite into the icing before hitting the smooth and sweet center.

  • As much as I make and make delicious desserts, I have to admit my favorite treat is simple homemade shortbread. Maybe with a little lemon curd or raspberry. I also love a good raspberry oatmeal bar.

  • megan

    Will def visit one of their shops if even in NYC. My fave treat is cupcakes! I will pretty much try any flavor, but I love my red velvet 🙂 Would love to have this book!

  • [email protected]

    I adore oatmeal chocolate chip coconut cookies. Would love the book. fan on facebook also.

  • Cristina Cordero

    I am in the process of learning, but recently I made a cake that I think is delicious Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts.
    My kids love chocolate chip cookies!!

  • I love cupcakes!!

  • Their book is amazing I ordered it from Amazon UK while in London and love love the recipes.

  • cheryl

    LOVE anything red velvet… cupcakes, cheescake, macarons, etc…

  • I love Dawn! She is so sweet and I can’t wait till I can visit them in NY!

    I think my all time favorite bakery treat has to be a cinnamon roll.

  • Sherry Lykins
  • Maricel

    I love all baked goods, but if I had to pick a favorite for today it would be peanut butter and jelly cupcakes. I am a fan on FB too!

  • Meg S

    I love love love crispy, thin chocolate chip cookies that are a little soft in the middle. Yum!

  • My Favorite bakery treat definitely has to be a classic chewy inside yet crunchy outside CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES…..OHHHMYGOSH! I’m drooling right now.
    I also like/love you on Facebook; I am a HUGE Fan of Amy Atlas on Facebook & of your work! So, soooo excited to see my order of your first book, Amy. Thank you for all your wonderful, lovely, gorgeous inspirations! 🙂
    Have a beautiful sweet day!

  • Pam

    The bar cookies mentioned above-with the coconut and raspberry. Found the recipe in a magazine last Christmas and make them all the time!

  • Cindy

    Great interview. It’s so hard to pick my favorite bakery item…..right now a really great shortbread cookie is my favorite, but that could change next week. LOL

  • Judy A

    Cupcakes, especially vanilla and lemon ones. Have been to One Girl and it is amazing. Already “like” Amy Atlas on FB.

  • While my favorite bakery treat is always changing, I can not resist pumpkin and cream cheese whoopie pies.

  • Caroline Finch

    Soft Molasses Crinkle cookies are my kryptonite! =)

  • Theresa Queen

    My fav. bakery treat is lemon bars. Its interest ing how bakers make them so uniquely different…

  • Kendace

    What an inspiring couple! My favorite bakery treat would have to be a sweet but tart lemon bar. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

  • Allison

    My favorite baked treat has to be brownies. I like them with marshmallows, extra chocolate, powder sugar on top, caramel, and pretty much any other topping. I love them gooey, fudgy, and full of chocolate. 🙂

  • Angela R.

    chocolate chip cookies!!!! i love them!

  • Carol

    I love chocolate whoopie pies…actually I haven’t met a sweet I didn’t love!

  • Kim

    Anything red velvet.

  • Amy

    Lemon Bars for sure.

  • My favorite bakery treat is a really well made lemon bar. Box mix lemon bars just can’t compare to one made with fresh lemon! Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Cheryl

    I love most anything that comes out of a scratch bakery, being a scratch baker myself, but if I had to choose ONE treat, it would be a rich, sandy, buttery shortbread cookie . . . done right, there is nothing better! I’ve heard a lot about this little cookie book lately and would love to win a copy. I can never have too many cookbooks, especially cookie related ones.

  • My favorite bakery treat is anything red velvet! I like you on fb as well!

  • Jeff

    The old standby,Chocolate Chip cookies!

  • Rana

    Love love shortbread cookies and macarons. Hope to win the book.

  • Dalia

    Wow, this baking team sounds awesome! I am a FB fan!
    As an avid baker, in our household we love anything sweet, from chewy chocolate chip cookies and my popular maple walnut pound cake to delicious french pastry around holiday time, but our alltime favorite is chocolate croissant (I prefer mine plain)…they are a lot of work but well worth it! Greetings from Israel!!!

  • Amy Holloway

    I would LOVE to add this cookbook to my collection!:) Although I haven’t met a cookie, muffin, cupcake and so on I don’t like, my favorites would include chocolate and nuts. I really hope I win. 🙂 I love your story also. 🙂

  • Andrea

    The book looks yum! My favorite bakery treat is a severe 7 layer bar at Two Saints Bakery in Leander, TX OR I could always go for a croissant!

  • Mariana

    chocolate chips cookies are my favorite. But I can’t wait to try some new flavors from the book!

  • gail

    liked you on facebook and my favorite treat is cheesecake

  • Book looks wonderful! Cannot wait to try these.

  • Cecily

    I don’t often go to the bakery to get treat, I like to bake, but when I do I always get frosted soft sugar cookies. I could eat a hundred.

  • Joan

    This book is in my Amazon cart right now! Thanks for the opportunity to win it. My favorite bakery treat is a French macaron from Natasha’s Mulberry & Mott Bakery in Kansas City. I’m going to learn to make these myself sometime soon when I have a free day.


  • chatelaine

    i’m always drawn to filled croissants. typically you see them filled with chocolate but i LOVED our trip to hong kong and how easy it was to get one filled with coconut/sugar/butter – heaven!

  • Kelsey

    nothing compares to a chocolate chip cookie…YUM!!

  • Oh I love anything with cream cheese icing or filling…red velvet cupcakes, carrot cake, danish…anything!!!

  • Kelly McKinley

    I love petit fours and cupcakes.

  • ileana

    My favorite bakery treat is what is known as “Pan Sobao” here in Puerto Rico. If you ever come down here you absolutely HAVE TO get your hands on some fresh out of the oven… HEAVEN 🙂

  • Kimi

    I love cupcakes. All kinds.

  • Valery

    My favorite bakery treat is fruit tarts. Mmm 🙂

  • I am drooling at the mention of al these amazing recipes!!’

  • Tanya V.

    I like the pumpkin whoopie pies because it is my number one favorite.

  • Shelley

    I love peach cobbler.

  • I love coconut cookies, never get bored of that taste.

  • oh my! a must have book to go together with my newest addition: Amy Atlas book!
    My parties will have a whole new pizzaz ;)Being in love with sweets is hard to choose just one but I guess i am going to say, red velvet mini whoopie pies with chocolate or cream cheese filling if i had to pick just one

  • Barbara

    I love petit fours and cupcakes.

  • Melissa

    I love chocolate anything, especially cheesecake

  • Teslaca

    I love fancy chocolate cakes from the bakery as I don’t make them myself very often. Cookies are great too, but I like to make those myself. Whoopie pies with different fillings are a fun bakery treat.

  • Uhh I’d have to say a doughnut because I’m unable to make those at home hehe! Though I love everything from bakeries which is why I don’t think I could ever run one, I’d just want to try everything!

  • Stephanie B

    My favorite all-time cookie is chocolate chip with pecans. However, a close second (and frequently requested) is the cowboy cookie – which is deliciously flavored with brown sugar and butter, and chocked full of chocolate chips, oats, pecans, coconut. They are very satisfying!

  • Brendan

    I cannot say no to a slice of Chocolate Cream Pie with Oreo cookie crust!

  • Leigh

    I just can’t resist a chocolate chip cookie!

  • chocolate chip cookies…. irresistible

  • Love this!!! YUM

  • Tiffany

    Cinnamon Sugar Cookies! Yummm…