Smart cookie gives up IT, bakes new ground
A BARGARA resident has traded computers for cookies and you could say it's a batch made in heaven.
Just before COVID-19 lockdowns were introduced across the country, Carmen Delorie relocated from Maitland to Bargara for her husband's work.
Up until the big move, Ms Delorie was working as an I.T systems engineer and with the change of scenery, came a change of heart.
"After Covid, I didn't really have a lot happening with work and I'm not really planning to get back into that industry now," Ms Delorie said.
"I've always loved baking biscuits and I never really had the opportunity to do it beforehand because I.T is such a demanding job, so with the extra time at home I decided to get into my baking again and people love to eat them."
Naming her new venture after her newborn granddaughter Daisy, The Cookie Daze was born.
"Every time I say it, it reminds me of my granddaughter, so it's got that little bit of home in it for me … plus my son always says he goes into a daze when he [eats them]," Ms Delorie said.
"Seeing people enjoying my cookies is why I love baking and I just want to spread the love."
Describing her unique product as an 'all occasion' cookie, the new business owner said her creations make an indulgent treat and sweet gift.
"They are very big, chunky, New York style cookies with large choc chips that are still melting when you pull them apart," she said.
"My cookies aren't for the faint hearted - they are very indulgent and you can probably split it between two people, if you're happy to share that is."
Currently selling her chunky choc chip base cookie and choc chip with locally sourced macadamia cookies, Ms Delorie is also in the process of trialling peanut butter and Nutella recipes.
Interested in sourcing local ingredients and collaborating with local businesses, The Cookie Daze founder said she would be interested in selling her baked goods at Bundy cafes and markets.
Cookies weighing 150g start from $5 and orders can be placed via the Instagram page at instagram.com/thecookiedaze