Cookie Business – Step 2 – Mixing the Ingredients

The right mix of, well, everything needs to go into your new business start-up.  That’s been the business lesson I’ve been learning for the last month.

I went to the class on turning your food idea into a business.
It was awesome, and I met other people like me.  They had great food ideas, great recipes and were in various stages of business development.

My class taught me, “if it’s not making money ($$$) it’s not a business”. That thought lead me to meticulously cost ingredients, figure out best recipes, and figure out the cost of everything else -i.e. insurance, business incorporation, marketing… It’s a lot.

Secret testers are now testing recipes for me..  

So far, my best customers have been the neighbor boys! Their testimonial will probably go on a business website some day. Suffice it to say for now, they really like my cookies… and brownies and sugar cookies are at the top of the list…   they didn’t even know they were gluten free.

What I have I learned so far?
Starting a business is lots of work, and lots of fun.  It takes focus and discipline, and time.
I’m hoping it leads to some happy customers (who buy my cookies soon).

If you have ideas for a cookie business name – please leave comments below.

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The Cookie Biz

Summer brings time for…

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Parties? Beach walks? Baseball? Free time? Ice-cream? Vacation?

… well when you’re a teacher, or a professor – a lot more work.  A lot of papers and research and writing…  but to compensate for all of that intensity I bake.  I bake cookies and brownies, and pretty much whatever strikes me as fun.

It has occurred to me, since some boys at a skate park told me I should start a cookie business – (many years ago) –  that perhaps I could make some extra $$ selling my cookies.   (As a teacher, adding some cushion in the  budget would be really nice).

My cookies have been popular with my family and friends pretty much since I started baking. Over the years I’ve saved my favorite recipes, and created a few of my own.  However, I’m a health-conscious, and weight conscious, and I have a few family members with Celiac disease… which means no gluten.  So lately I’ve tried some gluten free recipes.

My first gluten free recipe was last summer.  It was a gluten free chocolate cake, and it was amazing.  However, the first attempt was a flop… I mean literally the cake fell.  (I’ve never had a cake fall until I tried using gluten free flour… ouch.).  It was for a party, so I had to figure out how to make it work, and I did, and the cake got amazing reviews – (whew).  I realized then, that this gluten-free thing was a new challenge.

This summer I’ve advanced, I’m trying new recipes, and I’m thinking maybe I could attempt selling at our local Saturday market.  Fun, right?   Well, I’ve learned I need a commercial kitchen and special permits, so I signed up for a class (in a place with a commercial kitchen), to see if this idea is worth pursuing.

Last night my 2nd batch of gluten free brownies turn out so moist and yummy you really can’t tell they’re gluten free.
So this is my summer adventure.

Here’s the first batches of gluten free chocolate chip, brownies and sugar cookies and a tentative label…

I’m new to this idea of being an entrepreneur – so I’ll keep you posted.

(if you have ideas or tips on starting a cookie biz – please do share).

Here is the first batch!

Gluten Free

Gluten Free