A local baker has outgrown her brick and mortar store

Since 2015, Rachel Galant has continued the legacy of Jackie’s Cookie Connection, a chain of East Coast cookie stores owned by her mom back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, at a brick-and-mortar bakery that has become a favorite of westside residents.

But thanks to the success of her “cookie babies,” Galant has decided to close the storefront where she recently reminisced on how far her business has come in the years since she began selling cookies out a kiosk in the mall, which was long before she ever believed she would see her baked goods in the aisles of Costco, Sam’s Club and other retailers.

“Back in 1979, my mom had cookie stores in New York and in Washington DC so she had traditional brick and mortars where she sold big cookies — big, soft cookies,” Galant said as she described her mother’s award-winning desserts. “So, fast forward to about 2014, we always made the cookie dough in my house for my kids and friends and everyone loved the cookies. They always said I should sell them.”

As a stay-at-home mom with the time and knowledge, Galant thought it’d be a fun venture so she reached out to sell at the local farmers market and soon expanded into a kiosk at the mall, which she described as a great opportunity.

“We sold the big cookies like my mom had traditionally sold. But we soon expanded,” and eventually began field-testing a smaller, crunchier version of the cookies, which were commonly referred to as Cookie Babies, Galant said. With a longer shelf life and flavors like peanut butter, snickerdoodle, chocolate-chip as well as a holiday option available on Amazon, in local stores and the company’s website, the new product offered her the ability to sell cookies in grocery stores and online.

“It’s the same product but the shelf life is much longer so they make a great gift option for holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and special events,” Galant added, sharing she hopes that Cookie Babies one day become a name that everybody knows and enjoys.

But for now, she is focused on getting the 5,000 pounds of packaged cookies out of the shop and into the bellies of satisfied customers.

“Awesome cookies aren’t gonna cure the world, but I think they can enlighten things and make peoples’ days a little bit happier a little bit at a time,” Galant said. “I’m sad to leave this place because we put a lot of time and energy and spirit into it, but we’re really looking to take a leap forward with the business and be more responsive to the requests we get from all over the local and the world. It’s a really exciting time and we’re really looking forward to it.”

brennon@smdp.com

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  1. I am torn by the fact that I have enjoyed these cookies direct from the store and when I bought some large quantities at holiday time from Costco.

    I wish every entrepreneur the best of luck, but the SMDP reporter seems not to have done the homework to also report that the cookies sold at Costco a couple years ago were subject to a recall because of possible contamination. This company was also profiled on the ‘reality’ television show, The Profit on CNBC, and there were serious questions raised about their business practices.

    That could all be behind them and they could be deserving of the praise in this article.

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