Camilla Dickson, a senior from Utah studying elementary education, said she fired up her oven and started selling a variety of cookies like original chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, roasted coconut chocolate chip, M&Ms, oatmeal, peanut butter and many more. Camilla sells these treats by posting on Facebook and Instagram.
Dickson explained, “I got baking from my mom, and being here [in Hawaii] you miss things from home. We tried out many recipes because my husband loves chocolate chip cookies … it was kind of like bringing a part of home by baking.
“I also like to make people happy, and what better ways are there to make someone happy than by making cookies?” She also said the idea of opening a bakery came from her husband, Evan Dickson, an alumnus, who encouraged her to try selling her cookies.
The couple said they posted an advertisement online asking whether anyone would buy a bag of cookies. Sure enough, people from the Laie area started asking for and buying cookies the same night.
“I didn’t even know if we had enough bags of cookies. I started baking more batches and we were sold out that night,” Dickson said.
Soon after, people on Facebook were posting reviews about this deal available online. Kristina Smith said, “Camilla makes the best cookies and such a great price! I could eat them everyday!” Another reviewer, Sheyanne Lyn Petrovich, a senior studying social work from Oregon, said, “The Alfajores are amazing and the chocolate-chocolate chip are perfectly textured and just the right amount of sweet.”
Karissa Skinner-Karatossos, a senior majoring in elementary education from Pennsylvania, said, “Camilla has always made cookies, and I’ve had a lot of them and everyone has always loved her baking too.”
According to Dickson, some of the best sellers are Peruvian Alfajores. These cookies are similar to shortbread, with more butter and lard than sugar. Dulce leche, or sweetened milk, is added as a filling between two pieces. Powdered sugar is sprinkled on top.
Dickson has revealed that bread will be making its way to the menu. She said she also plans to add cupcakes and other goodies.