Restaurant owner and head baker Courtney Cowan began her foray into the food and beverage industry after a career in the film and television industry.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, Cowan and her husband Adam Tiller opened Milk Jar Cookies in April of 2013, focusing on a number of unique cookie flavors with 14 different revolving flavors featured at the shop such as banana split and chocolate pecan caramel, as well as one additional seasonal flavor. Cowan is also serving locally-sourced fresh milk and Sightglass Coffee beverages.
In addition to her deliciously sweet cookie recipes, Cowan bakes her cookies fresh, from scratch every day. The goal is to pair homemade cookies with locally-sourced milk, ice cream and coffee..
Milk Jar Cookies has also since built a thriving online community to drive sales that includes a “Cookie of the Month Club” that launched last year. “Online shopping is clearly becoming one of the favorite ways for people to shop,” Cowan told reporters at Miracle Mile LA. “We’re very proud of the user-friendly nature of our website.”
Below, we ask Cowan six quick questions, and discover the first meal that changed her life and the one ingredient she couldn’t live without.
The Quick Six
Foodable: What’s the first cookie (that you can recall) that changed your life?
Courtney Cowan: The Toll House chocolate chip recipe is where it all started for me. I fell in love with baking cookies by making that recipe as often as I could. From there, I crafted my own recipe over the years until I got it to the one I use today.
Foodable: Who is one person that you would love to bake cookies for that you haven’t already?
CC: President Obama
Foodable: Who is your culinary mentor?
CC: My mama
Foodable: Where is your favorite restaurant to eat at when you aren’t working?
CC: El Coyote
Foodable: One ingredient you could not live without?
CC: Vanilla extract
Foodable: What's the most important lesson you learned (good or bad) in your first year of owning a business?
CC: Follow your gut—it knows what's up.