About Us

shahira marei
It’s not about baking. I’m the furthest person from your typical Betty Crocker. In fact, in my past life, I was an aerospace project manager. The Dirty Cookie was born from the desire to turn something small, into something meaningful. It was born from my personal aspiration to change lives.
When I was 10 years old, on vacation in Egypt, I witnessed the devastation of hunger and homelessness first hand. I was shocked that children my age were living on the streets, that they were deprived of basic food and shelter. I begged my father to give them money, and he conceded, but not before engraving the single most important statement I would hear, to date. “If you really want to help them, give them jobs, not money.” It was monumental enough for me to decide to build a company. One that I vowed would be centered around the people I employ.
Today, you’ll see that aside from unique and delectable cookie shots, my business is about personability. From the customization options on our shots to the creative freedom I give to my employees, I have worked to drive home the idea that anything is possible. I’m always open to trying new things, and I employ our customers and team to challenge me, as we work together towards a common goal. The Dirty Cookie is more than a dessert haven, it’s a home for those who are searching for themselves and what they love.  ~Shahira