How We Started
Sitting at a coffee shop one day in 2009, Akiva Resnikoff noticed a plethora of patrons purchasing a baked good along with their cup of coffee. A lightbulb moment hit; could he create a bakery delicious caffeinated cookie?
With a background in the functional beverage industry and trained in the pastry arts, after 60+ trial and error batches in his mother’s kitchen, Resnikoff finally perfected the double chocolate coffee Awaken Baked. He didn’t know it then, but this would become the signature cookie in his yet to be founded The Cookie Department.
As a passionate, bootstrapping one-man band, over the next several years Resnikoff grew his passion project into a nationally distributed, packaged line of six Fully Functional Cookie flavors, each containing their own unique ingredients like superfoods and probiotics.
Keto is Personal!
As oodles of food conscious people are gravitating toward lower sugar, lower carb diets, offering gluten free certified, keto friendly cookies might seem like a natural fit for a functional cookie company, yet the inspiration to include keto cookies is personal for Resnikoff.
Resnikoff's wife Elannah has had a long journey of healing from the debilitating effects of traumatic brain injuries. Consistently her team of doctors have recommended incongruous treatment protocols, with her body often feeling like a trial and error test subject. A rare area of agreement has been that the ketogenic diet would help her decrease inflammation and stabilize her blood sugar.
Keto has been a huge win for their family! As the keto friendly food space has expanded, they've tried every keto cookie out there. Nothing has been as satiating as the cookies Resnikoff has made for her, so they decided to expand their cookie line to include two of their home baked favorite keto flavors. They have decided to reformulate their classic line, and focus solely on keto friendly cookies.