Sweet tooth alert! In the kitchen with Jill Marks of Cookies, Crumbs and Crust

Apr 02 2020

When we first met Jill Marks, founder of the Southlake baking company Cookies, Crumbs and Crust, we thought she may have been too good to be true. Her assortment of various sweets (brownies, cookies, muffins and more) were some of the tastiest we'd encountered — and many of them came in gluten-free and vegan options! We quickly signed Jill up to be among our go-tos in Herald, where we stock a rotating selection of her baked goods. (Perfect with your morning coffee from Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters.) As it turns out, we aren't the only ones obsessed with Cookies, Crumbs and Crust: Our community in Southlake and beyond goes wild for her Carolina Cookie — a concoction of butterscotch, pecans and coconut. Perfection! We caught up with Jill recently to chat about how she launched her super-sweet business — and, most importantly, what kind of treats she's baking right now.

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In a few words, describe your day job.
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Bake, bake and more baking! My day starts at the kitchen around 5am. You might find us roasting sweet potatoes for donuts or baking cinnamon rolls for our clients. One thing is for certain: We are always baking cookies. Our days are full and never boring. It’s all about flavor, our products and our great clients.

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Where is home for you?
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My home is in Southlake Texas. It has plenty of land and with big trees. It is a wonderful place to raise a family.

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How did you first launch Cookies, Crumbs and Crust?
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I always provided treats for my kids (four boys!), teachers and their coaches throughout the years. People always wanted to buy more of the cookies and treats. What really launched the business is when a friend asked me to make caramel corn for a their company party. At the party, the human resources director tasted my caramel corn and asked me to make it for the company’s Christmas gifts. She cancelled her original order from a big brand and went with my caramel corn. I was thrilled!

Q.
How many treats do you make in one day?
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Anywhere from 500 to 2,000!

Q.
You can only eat one of your cookies for the rest of your life: Which one would you pick?
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That’s not fair! It would have to be the Carolina, Vanilla Bean or the Macaron...

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What are you baking right now?
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My mom made the most delicious sour cream lemon pie for Christmas. This recipe is so close to what she made! I'm making it right now...

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