About Us

Our Story

It was a beautiful Vancouver evening at Jericho beach in the late summer of 2010 when Cheryl wondered out loud to her husband, “What if we started our own cookie company?” After tossing around several other contenders for the company’s name, we settled on “Half Baked” (as in half baked idea!).  Little did we know at the time, how many shortbread cookies we would have tasted, baked and shared with our butter-loving fans all over British Columbia.  Although it hasn’t always been an easy road, we’ve had plenty of fun along the way and made many friends.

Handcrafted in small batches using only the best local and organic ingredients, our shortbread cookies feature locally milled Organic flour and fresh Grade A butter. We now have our very own bakery at 1211 Nanaimo Street, in East Vancouver after many years of selling at farmer’s markets and craft fairs. As we continue to grow our business, we look forward to bringing you more seasonal shortbread flavors and desserts to keep you coming back for more.

We want you to feel good about what you eat, which is why every ingredient that goes into what we make has been carefully considered. One of our main goals is to provide treats that are just sweet enough with a hint of salt.

Our company is extremely customer driven.  As a small local business, we wouldn’t exist otherwise! We would love to hear from you.  Write us about cookies, or really, anything.

Contact us at info@halfbakedcookiecompany.com.

Our Bakery

When I started my home-based business in 2011, I never thought I would have my own bakery.  It always seemed to be a goal just beyond my grasp, so I can’t believe that it has finally come to fruition.  We saw the small “for lease” sign at 1211 Nanaimo Street in the spring of 2016 and decided to contact the landlord (for the second time!) to see if we might be able to take it over as it had previously been a latino bakery.

We opened our doors at the end of September, 2016 with no marketing whatsoever, with the naive idea that “If we build it they will come.”  We focussed on offering a high quality product and relied mainly on word of mouth and social media to grow our business.  Our microbakery in East Vancouver on 1211 Nanaimo St. is open year-round for our customers who are addicted to our shortbread cookies.  We also offer a variety of pies and cheesecakes along other baked goods such as drop cookies and biscuits.  I like to think of our desserts as what you’d make at home – we only use natural ingredients such as organic flour, fresh butter, real whipped cream and whole eggs. Our carefully crafted recipes have much less sugar than you’d get at most other places, and our prices reflect that.  Our products are scratch-baked and should be enjoyed within a day or two of purchase.  We don’t use any stabilizers or artificial ingredients in our baking, which is common in most bakeries that make things in large volume and freeze what they cannot sell right away.  Pie crusts are hand rolled, and cheesecakes all use our signature shortbread for the crust.  We also use locally sourced fruit whenever possible. Everything we make is in small batches, so we can easily control the quality and freshness for every item.

Come on by to grab some dessert on the way home from work, or stop in for a slice of pie and fresh coffee.  We offer coffee from Galileo Coffee roasters and loose leaf tea from Karla’s Specialteas and Trudy Ann’s Chai.  You can also pre-order whole pies or cookies if what you want isn’t on the weekly menu. We’d love to cater your next event or social gathering!

2011

We launched our shortbread business at local farmer's markets and craft fairs

2016

We started wholesaling our shortbread cookies to retail shops and grocers around the Lower Mainland

2016

We opened our own retail bakery in East Vancouver