Shane’s Blog

We were delighted to host Shane for his work experience at our cookie shop last summer. Shane brought with him lots of interesting ideas, excellent coffee making skills and fantastic customer service skills. We were sorry to see him go but wish him the best of luck with the remainder of his degree and future endeavours.

 

Here’s what Shane had to say:

My name is Shane O’ Dea and I am in my final year of college in DIT. As part of my Food Innovation degree, I had to do 12 weeks of work experience as part of 3rd year. The position at The Dublin Cookie Company was well sought out amongst the class and I felt very lucky when I was picked for the position.

There was no waiting around, I was making and baking cookies from the get go. I even got to make my own cookie! The job was a great hands on experience with some great insight into starting up a business from the ground up. Jenny and Elaine are passionate about the company and were a constant source of help and inspiration during my time.

My time there has pushed me further to eventually set up my business. From the cookies to the customers, the company is constantly shifting and growing towards bigger and better things. I thoroughly enjoyed helping the girls out. If it wasn’t coming up with new flavour ideas it was helping with big events. There was always something going on.

I’ll miss the smell of freshly baked cookies! Thanks for everything ladies.

Shane

One Year on Thomas Street

It feels like weeks and decades all at once, but believe it or not we are celebrating one year of business in our shop in The Liberties. After two years of traipsing around the country with our pop-up gazebo and mountains of freshly baked cookies. The relief (and anxiety) last March of opening the doors to our very own shop was immense. We’ve loved being on Thomas St and The Liberties feels like home. Yes, by the standards of this area we are still very much newcomers but we couldn’t be happier with the welcome and warmth we’ve experienced on our little corner of Dublin’s oldest neighbourhood. We’ve seen so much since we landed here. New businesses like Images & Ink and Wild Soul opening on the street, others like Fay’s Butchers and Camino Café shutting their doors for good. We’ve seen improvements on the street like new footpaths and lampposts thanks to the tireless work of Stephen Coyne and the neighbourhood advocates. We’ve seen the community come together after adversity and celebrate every small win. We’ve watched the local boys and girls shoot up over the year and met loads of new additions to the community. The best part of our year on Thomas St has been getting to know the neighbours. Those working in the Digital Hub, Digital Skills Academy, NDRC, Guinness Enterprise Centre, Diageo and all of the businesses up and down the street as well as those living in the homes around the area. Our customers have been the source of smiles and gratification every day at The Dublin Cookie Company.

We’re celebrating our one year anniversary all week at the shop and online. Stop in for special treats and check our website various social media outlets for competitions and surprises.

And we’re only getting started! Watch this space for everything coming down the line for The Dublin Cookie Company in the year ahead. In the meantime, check out some of the highlights from our year:
 

 

 

   

www.thedublincookieco.com
facebook.com/thedublincookieco
twitter.com/DublinCookieCo
instagram.com/dublin_cookie_co

 

A Very Cookie Christmas

As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to take this time to wish you and yours the very best of the holiday season and to let you know about all of the seasonal activities, gifts, and most importantly COOKIES you can find at The Dublin Cookie Company this Christmas.

Yummy Christmas Cookies and Gifts

We have lots of seasonal cookie flavours on the counter this year including:

  • Mince Pie Cookie Sandwiches
  • Chewy Gingersnaps
  • Classic Christmas Sugar Cookies
  • Christmas Cake Cookies with Irish Whiskey
  • Snickerdoodles
We have Christmas Cookie Boxes, Christmas Hampers, Ready-to-roll Sugar Cookie Dough, Ready-to-bake Cookie Dough and if you can’t decide what to get, there’s always a Dublin Cookie Co gift voucher option!

Drop in, call us on 01-4736566 or email us to order yours today for collection on December 22nd or 23rd.

Festive Fun @ Cookie HQ

This Christmas we’ve loads going on at our shop on Thomas Street. Starting with a our Cookie Christmas Cupping Thursday 8th December where we are taking 10 lucky coffee and cookie lovers on a coffee-cupping and cookie-pairing taste-trip!

Trish from our coffee partners, Coffee Culture, will talk and taste us through the five beans used in our Lamotta coffee blend and our very own Jenny will pair each with one of our tasty cookies.

       
Next, were teaming up with The Open Gate Brewery for a Christmas Cookie and Beer Pairing evening.It promises to be a fantastic evening with the best of craft beer and craft cookies to swoon over and taste.
There are a few tickets (€10) left for this event on Wednesday, 14 December. You can book yours now here.

Finally, Saturday December 10th and 17th are Decorate Your Own Cookie Days!

Select from a few designs of Classic Sugar Cookie and create your own masterpiece with icing and sprinkles. Perfect for the young and young at heart. Groups welcome with a booking.

 
 

As always, email us or give us a call (01-4736566) with any special requests.
Our opening hours over the Christmas Season are: Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5:30

 
Note: We will be closed for a Dublin Cookie Company family holiday between December 23rd and January 15th. Business as usual from Monday, January 16th 2017.

Cookies at Christmas

There is no stronger symbol of Christmas for me than a cookie. Every year while I was growing up, Christmas Cookie preparations started as early as November and culminated in a neighbourhood Christmas Eve cookie swap at our house. Mom would buy up bags and bags of flour, sugar and decorative bits. Year after year, the cookies were always the same – rich chocolate with melty mint on top, peanut butter kisses, cloudlike meringues, festive spritz and zippy molasses. Just thinking about them brings the taste of Christmas to my tongue.

When we were very young, we watched Mom in the days leading up to Christmas busily baking and decorating hundreds of cookies. As we got older, we were given small jobs – unwrap the mint chocolates and kisses, roll the perfectly round bits of dough in sugar, add the sprinkles, cinnamon dots and silver balls. I will always remember the first year that I was given the responsibility for a whole batch. It was a chocolate dough that was as hard as a rock when I was finished with it. I bent two spoons trying to scoop it. The first attempt was binned and the second (with Mom’s coaching) was perfect. Phew!

Christmas Stars The Dublin Cookie Co

Christmas Cookie Shortbread Stars

In Ireland, the tastes of Christmas are different than those I grew up with. Before moving here, the only place I saw mince pie was on my Irish grandmother’s holiday table. I never touched it as, until well into my teens, I was convinced it was made from minced meat! Not a tempting dessert for this girl! There was a brandy butter on that same table that was so strong it would curl your teeth. We didn’t have Christmas cake and the plum pudding was always passed over for something chocolaty. I wish I had paid more attention to her Irish traditions while she was around to share the recipes.

This will be my eighth Christmas in Ireland and I am so happy to have discovered a new array of Christmas flavours. Because I am a Christmas cookie fanatic, we spent a lot of time here at Cookie HQ creating cookie versions of these amazing desserts.

Strangely, most of them are of the boozy variety. Grammy was on to something there! We have a dense Christmas Cake cookie which starts with Teeling Single malt whiskey-soaked fruits. We just put the finishing touches on a mince pie cookie sandwich with flaky shortbread (a pimped out version of my Uncle Kevin’s recipe), brandy and vanilla bean butter, gorgeous locally produced mince (not meat) and fresh orange zest.

Christmas Cookie Sandwiches The Dublin Cookie Co

The Stout and Irish Cream and Mince Pie Cookie Sandwiches

Our other boozy favourites like the Candy Apple Cider with Scott’s Irish Medium Dry Cider and the Chocolate Chocolate Pilgrim with Wood Key Brewing Irish Red Ale have made their Christmas debut as well as part of our boozy cookie pack – the perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift.

Christmas Boozy Cookies The Dublin Cookie Co

Boozy Cookies with Local Brewers and Distillers

Christmas Boozy Cookie Packs The Dublin Cookie Co

Boozy Cookie Packs

These packs are available to purchase at our Christmas stall at I Believe in Christmas at CHQ Building, George’s Dock in Dublin. We’ll be there until December 23rd.

The Dublin Cookie Co

Christmas Cookie Stall at I Believe – The Dublin Cookie Co

This will be a special Christmas for Elaine and I. My mother, her partner Pastor Bill, my brother and his wife and kids will all be joining us in Dublin for the holidays. I am looking forward to so many things about their visit, but mostly sharing our new Christmas cookies with them. Hopefully Mom brings some of our old favourites too!

Merry Christmas, everyone. Jenny

Cookies & Craft Beer???

‘I never realised they would go together so well!’ That’s the main comment we heard after our Cookies & Craft Beer Masterclass in Pairing during this past weekend’s Taste City Fusion Festival. Here’s a little secret…neither did we! Wine and cheese – we get it. Chocolate and whiskey – classic! But cookies and craft beer? Sure, we’ve washed many a cookie down with a delicious beer, tart cider and even a swanky cocktail but it wasn’t until our first Craft Beer Festival in 2014 that we started to really notice howThe Dublin Cookie Co the cookies and drinks played off one another. We were so intrigued, that we began to experiment with all kinds of combinations. We’ve even teamed up with Irish artisan brewers and distillers on new cookie projects. We’ve come up with a deep, dark chocolate cookie with The Pilgrim Irish Red Ale mixed right into the dough. The result was rich and hoppy. We’ve added Teeling Single Malt to a Christmas Cake Cookie bursting with holiday flavours. It tastes like everything Christmas (especially after Gran’s added her special touch). Our Autumn cookie range was greatly enhanced with a Candy Apple Cider cookie using Scott’s Irish Cider (Medium Dry). The punch of cider over the smooth caramel and tart apples is sublime. Trust us! Each collaboration and experiment convinced us more about the aptness of pairing cookies with craft drink. So we decided we would teach others about our discoveries. We had our first opportunity in the gorgeous setting of The Music Room in Christ Church Cathedral.

The Dublin Cookie Co

Flanked by Brian Murphy, brewer extrodinare with Wood Key Brewing and Louise Scott – one of the cider gurus behind Scott’s Irish Cider, Jenny walked the class through six different cookie and craft drink pairings.

It was a great afternoon with loads of enthusiastic participants. We all learned loads and are looking forward to the next opportunity to introduce people to this fabulous new idea. Cookies and craft beer? Absolutely!