I love seeing people chase their dreams. I love hearing about people that had a vision and made it happen through sheer will and determination.
One such person who has inspired me is Lisa Walsh, owner of Cookie Dough Biscuits. Lisa is an artisan cookie connoisseur, I can say that as I have tasted her delicate little handmade morsels. The title is very deserving.
Two and a half years ago Lisa had a vision. Two and a half years later she is living her dream with her newly opened store in trendy George Street East Fremantle with the help of her husband Dean. I heard about the store a couple of months ago through a friend who lives off George Street, according to her the street was buzzing with the news of this new cookie store. The locals were hoping for good coffee, and Cookie Dough Biscuits has delivered.
Lisa has been a regular fixture at Perth Upmarket selling a variety of deliciously flavoured handmade cookies (made with only the finest of ingredients might I add) to her loyal customers. There is quite a buzz around Facebooktown surrounding Cookie Dough Biscuits so I was not surprised to find the store filled with smiling faces, kids enjoying cookies and even a tea appreciation gathering.
I have noticed a real sense of community among small local business owners and creatives around Perth, and that feel is at the heart of the Cookie Dough Biscuits store. I found myself a seat at a long table upstairs that ends at a huge floor to ceiling window, light is always a very welcome sight for the lover of natural light. Not long after I sat down a couple of friendly faces asked to sit across from me and minutes later we were discussing photography and food (heavenly light beams fall from the sky and pierce the ceiling to the sound of ‘aaaahhh’ – music to my ears and soul). A third friendly face joins them, and my solo coffee and cookie outing turns into a friendly discussion. Next thing we’re talking about travelling, iittala and all wonderful Finnish things. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Friendly locals is who they are, and this epitomises my first experience at the Cookie Dough Biscuits store.
I ordered two cookies and a coffee. My favourite straight up was the ‘Big Elvis’, a peanut butter and chocolate cookie filled with crunchy peanuts. First bite and I am hooked. I am fussy when it comes to cake and cookies, I won’t indulge in either of the two unless they are good, real good. So Big Elvis barely made it to three bites, I might’ve devoured it within one big bite had I not been in company. The dough is made with love, you can taste it as it gently crumbles in your mouth. And the crunchy nuts just made it. Then as if that wasn’t enough for my taste buds, in oozed a delicious piece of chocolate. I am in love.
The coffee was fabulous. I am also fussy about my coffee, most Finns are. I was born with coffee dripping through my veins so I can’t settle for an ‘okay’ cup. I almost went a second cup as the first went down so well but got so caught up chatting to my friendly counterparts and taking photos I forgot to order another.
On my way out I bid adieu to the friendly locals and made my way downstairs. Lisa kindly showed me around and we discussed her throwing away her need for perfection at the start to open the doors. I like this, throwing herself completely out of her comfort zone known as ‘having everything in its place’ to take that leap. She mentions that the store is in phase one. They are currently still in the process of adding furnishings and shelving, and the rear part of the premises will feature an actual cookie store once complete. I had visions of my Saturday morning comprising of a Big Elvis and flat white followed by legging it with a box of 12 flavours in hand. That will happen. Spaces on the wall are taken up with makeshift paper menus creatively handwritten and decorated with flowers, which now Lisa realises works and will remain a feature even when the store is complete. I love them, they are another touch that demonstrates Lisa’s creativity and friendliness.
When I got home I promptly devoured the famous ‘Mud Pie’, a rich Dutch cocoa cookie iced with milk and dark chocolate topped with coloured sprinkles. If you make a trip to the store please do your taste buds a favour and buy at least two of these. I wish I’d had another! The chocolate cookie simply melts in your mouth, there is no other way to describe it. I also sampled the coconut lime cookie (YUM) and the macadamia. You can ogle all the flavours here. Cookie Dough Biscuits also serves up cupcakes by Megan of Littlesweet Baking (they’re next on my sample hitlist), homemade bircher muesli, wraps and salads, so cookies can follow breakfast or lunch if your heart so desires.
I suspect a lot of friendly folk gather here. Lisa and her staff are approachable and friendly, my kind of peeps. Rachel delivers coffee with smiles and the perfect bangs, both girls made the place feel like I’d just walked into a room full of friends. Friends with fabulous coffee and cookies to die for!