We bake extraordinary cookies and cupcakes with the freshest and highest quality ingredients from select purveyors who uphold our standards.
Organic & Local
Our gourmet pastries are always made from scratch using the most natural ingredients possible including organic flour and sugar, as well as ingredients free of artificial additives, colors and preservatives.
We feel our success is a combination of our valuable team and our loyal customers.
We believe in social responsibility. We work towards creating less waste in our production, use recyclable packaging, and support our community with financial pledges, volunteer time and sharing the goodness of cookies with local charities.
Husband and wife team, Brady and Shaun Breese are nearly natives of Phoenix. They attended Arizona State University, graduated in 1998, and married in 2001. In 2005, over a Sunday morning breakfast, they hatched an idea that combined Brady’s cooking talent with Shaun’s marketing background – the centerpiece was the Urban Cookie, a dark chocolate walnut cookie that Shaun made for friends and family for years. After six months of research, their dream became a reality Nov. 1, 2005, in the kitchen of Florence Crittenton, a local non-profit organization. With simplicity and quality as the cornerstones of the business, the couple took their idea to the next level with unique, funky gift packaging and gourmet organic ingredients. The couple’s strong belief in social responsibility also was incorporated into the company.
AND THEN …
Shaun, Oliver and Brady Breese
AND NOW …
Shaun, Oliver and Brady Breese
Urban Cookies' commitment to its community started on day one when its owners created a trade agreement with the non-profit that gave them their start – free use of their kitchen in exchange for teaching some of their at-risk teen girls to bake and run a business. To this day, Urban Cookies continues to support Florence Crittenton's mission with cash donations and in-kind cookie and gift donations for fundraisers.
Throughout the years, Urban Cookies has provided additional job training and mentorship to clients from organizations such as Good Will of Central Arizona and Southwest Autism Resource and Research Center. In addition, it provides internship experiences to culinary institute students from across the Valley, allowing them the rare opportunity to learn directly from a small business owner.
In 2010, Urban Cookies, in partnership with Shamrock Farms launched its Milk & Cookies community project. Fulfilling its mission to make people feel good, Urban Cookies' goal was simply to bring the joy and comfort of milk and cookies to children and families in need.
Visiting organizations such as Phoenix Children's Hospital, Child Crisis Nursery and Florence Crittenton, Urban Cookies' Milk & Cookies project touched more than 500 kids and families in the Valley.
For 2011, Urban Cookies pledged its year-long support to Kitchen on the Street, a local start-up non-profit dedicated to turning hunger into hope by providing meals to school kids on the weekends when they would otherwise go hungry. Its annual support includes cash donations, volunteer time, marketing support and hosting food drives throughout the year.
Co-Founder & Creative Wizard
Started Urban Cookies with his wife Shaun in 2005. A self-taught baker, he creates all of the company’s recipes and oversees quality control.
Favorite Pastry: Chocolate Cupcake
Co-Founder & Marketing Guru
Started Urban Cookies with her husband Brady in 2005. Oversees business development, operations, marketing and community relations for the company.
Favorite Pastry: Dark Chocolate Walnut Cookie
The Front Man
Officially Urban Cookies’ first team member, Dan joined us in 2009. He now oversees retail operations from the counter, to customer service to gift fulfillment.
Favorite Pastry: Pineapple Coconut Cookie
Bake Shop King
Sal came to Urban Cookies in 2010 from the Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale Culinary Institute. He serves as the lead baker overseeing pastries for our bake shop and our wholesale partners.
Favorite Pastry: Brown Velvet Cupcake
Finance Queen Bee
With us from the VERY beginning is Shaun’s mom, Ann. Without her, there would be no Urban Cookies … literally. She is our finance and IT guru, as well as our long-time business consultant.
Favorite Pastry: Strawberry Cupcake
Tyler joined our baking team during our busy holiday season as a part timer, but we liked him so much we decided to lure him away from his resort job. Today he's our resident doodler... if something's in the oven he'll create an interesting sketch.
Favorite Pastry: dark chocolate walnut cookie
Amanda recently joined us from a bakery in Tucson and leads production of our wholesale pastries. We hired Amanda for her speed in the bakery – if you see a blur go by, you know it’s Amanda.
Favorite Pastry: Margarita Cupcake
Mikee started out helping us out around the bakery during the busy holiday season. We liked him so much, we asked him to stick around. He wears many hats including working our retail counter.
Favorite Pastry: Peanut Butter Cupcake
Our newest team member, Kristin spent the last four years wowing her customers at Olive Garden and training new employees. She now spends most of her time wowing our customers.
Favorite Pastry: banana chocolate nut muffin
Winners Food Network’s Cupcake Wars – 2011
Winners Cupcake Love-In “Most Outrageous Cupcake” – 2011
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Impact Award Nominee – 2011
Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2009
APS' AAAME Business Mentorship Program – Class 12 – 2009
Rachael Ray Show – Snack of the Day – 2009
Lexus Hybrid Living – Retail Partner – 2008
Sundance Film Festival – Greenroom Partner – 2008
Phoenix Magazine – Best of the Valley – 2007
HGTV – Best Place to Start a Business – 2007
Phoenix New Times – Best of Phoenix – 2007