What started out as a small takeout cookie shop in town, transformed into something extraordinary; Baked.
One of the best parts of baking cookies is nibbling the extra dough off the spoon at the end. Some would even say they’d prefer it over the actual cookies themselves, if it were safe. Baked, located on 31 S High St, is one of the few places in Pennsylvania that sells safe-to-eat cookie dough. Max Berry, the owner of Baked explained that this wasn’t his original idea for the business. He imagined opening a small gourmet, “hole in the wall” cookie shop. It wasn’t until Berry discovered the cookie dough shop DŌ located in New York City, that his vision changed. This lead to the beginning of Baked, Cookies and Dough.
In May 2017 Baked officially opened their doors to the West Chester community. The result was astounding. Families flooded in; “The line was out the door, and we sold out of everything!” Berry said. It was only a matter of time until Baked’s products were available for delivery to all 50 states, Nationwide. Fast forwarding to today, Baked continues to expand rapidly. Their first franchise will be opening in the near future, located in Modesto, California.
Eating raw cookie dough right out of the package is not recommended because of the raw eggs and uncooked flour. In order to overcome this, all of Baked’s products are home-made by their pastry chef, Irene Moretti. Baked’s ingredients are 100% egg-free and use heat-treated flour. They have many flavors such as chocolate chip, cake batter, Oreo, S’mores, salted caramel swirl, sugar cookie, and more. My personal favorite, along with many other customers is chocolate chip.
When experiencing Baked for the first time I thought it would be cookie dough served into a bowl. Boy, was I wrong. They have a ton of ways the dough can be consumed; it was was almost overwhelming to choose. You can get it on a cone, as a bakedwich, with ice cream, with a cookie, and the list goes on. I chose the “Un-bakedwich”, with their new Cinnamon Bun flavor, nestled in between two chocolate chip cookies. It was delicious. The combination of the warm cookie and the cold dough was a love story for my taste buds. Next time, I think I’ll get the Ice Cream Doughwich; which is two slices of cookie dough with ice cream in the middle. This one is known to get a bit messy, but I’m okay with it!
For customers with a gluten allergy, Baked offers “one of the softest gluten-free chocolate chip cookies you’ll ever eat” Barry says. They are working hard to produce a gluten-free cookie dough flavor that will hopefully be out soon. Fall season flavors will be popping out early October. Flavors to look out for are Pumpkin Roll, with a cream cheese swirl and Apple Pie, with brown sugar crumbles. We can’t wait to try these!
If you haven’t already, be sure to stop in and try these scrumptious desserts for yourself. Baked can be delivered easily by the mobile application DoorDash, along with an app just for West Chester students named Tapingo. Cookie dough jars can be purchased easily online on their website.