CookieYum grew out of owner/baker Brigid Novak‘s passion for food, creativity and a desire to make people smile. Eating a good cookie reminded Brigid of the childhood joy she experienced from a great treat, and she set out to recreate that experience. CookieYum’s mission is about making people smile … and eating good cookies definitely makes people happy.
Sample & shop with CookieYum at the Chicago Artisan Market at Morgan Manufacturing (401 N. Morgan St., Chicago) on Sunday, March 10, 2019 (10am-4pm). Shop with 110+ of Chicago’s finest artisans in food, fashion, home goods + art.
All the cookies are made in small batches, and Brigid adds seasonal and locally-sourced products whenever possible. Some of her most popular flavors are Triple Chip, Celebration Sugar, Peanut Butter Buckeyes, Double Chocolate with Salted Caramel and Oatmeal Butterscotch.
Fun Cookieyum Flavors have included:
• Lemon Blueberry
• Donookie (donuts + cookie)
• Sugar Cookies (various flavors)
• Peanut Butter & Jelly
• Oatmeal Caramel Apple
• Candy Bar Cookies (flavors include: Milky Way, M & M, 100 Grand & more)
The start of Cookieyum:
After a year of studying psychology in graduate school, Brigid decided to switch gears and follow her passion for food and hospitality. She enrolled in The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC) and earned certificates in cooking, pastry and hospitality. She decided to take her experience from CHIC to a catering company. After 10 years working in the catering industry, Brigid got back into the kitchen and started baking again. She experimented with various recipes using her family as her prime audience. Her young daughters took a liking to her cookies and that is where the magic began. Coming up with fun, creative and sometimes crazy combinations became a full-time hobby for Brigid, and eventually more than just her family were saying yum. Seeing people enjoy her cookies was so rewarding that she decided to share the yum with everyone!