I’m excited to introduce you to Lindsay Larner, Founder/Owner of The Cookie Jar DC. Lindsay makes the yummiest, safe-to-eat cookie dough and she offers a ton of options that you can bring to your event–everything from a cookie dough buffet (try it with ice cream…yum!) to cookie dough pops to custom cookie dough jars for favors. If you’re looking for a unique dessert or favor idea, Lindsay is your girl!
Why did you start The Cookie Jar DC?
Since I graduated college in 2009, I’ve worked in marketing, communications, and fundraising for a nonprofit and then a DC-based startup. Back in December of last year, I was just looking for something fulfilling to do outside of my day job, which wasn’t doing it for me. I’m actually not a baker and I don’t particularly love to cook, but I LOVE food, especially desserts. I wanted to play around with something that was fun and unique. Something I loved but couldn’t really find anywhere. I love cookies, so I started there. Like a lightbulb, the idea of making edible cookie dough came to me. Knowing my personality, a hobby can’t stay a hobby for long. I started selling it at apartment buildings, and people were digging it. So I signed up for a commercial kitchen, and one thing led to another…a business was born!
What’s your favorite part of what you do?
While everyone is different and you can’t make everyone happy all the time, there are certain things that just click. I love finding those things (usually from customer feedback) and then executing on them. For example, I received a lot of feedback in the very beginning when I started The Cookie Jar DC that people wanted the cookie dough delivered to them. As a result, you can now order cookie dough on UberEATS 5-7 nights a week.
What’s your pop color–that something special that makes you, you?
I know who I am from the inside out and I’m confident in that, but I’m also self-aware and I recognize when I need feedback or advice. This has manifested many times in my business. I often have very strong opinions about The Cookie Jar DC, from big things like where I want the company to go to more detailed (and arguably minute) things like what kind of spoons I want. But I’m always open to suggestions and feedback from others because I know I don’t have all the answers.
What’s your favorite moment of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah?
I love hearing the Bar/Bat Mitzvah chant their Torah portion. You’ll see teens who would be so embarrassed to sing in front of their friends or family, and there they are chanting in front of the entire congregation.
What questions should parents ask someone in your field?
For cookie dough specifically, parents should make sure the product is safe. We don’t use eggs, and we also use a heat treated flour. This makes the product 100% safe to consume raw.