What Cookie Dreams Are Made of

June 2, 2016 9:39 pm by Bettina Bacani

Cookies are one of the most common, yet most loved baked treats all over the world. Consisting of flour, eggs, sugar, butter, and oil, this basic snack is enhanced by adding chocolate chips, raisins, or oats. The possibilities are endless. Try googling “cookie recipe” and you’ll get 36,700,000 results on the World Wide Web. There’s no correct way of making a cookie, only thousands that differ according to your preference. With varying ratios of the ingredients, they come out in many different ways. Using brown sugar for instance will result to a chewy and moist batch. Chilling the dough before putting it in the oven will reduce spread causing them to come out in the perfect cookie shape you see in stores. Even the baking temperature can highly affect the end result. Making your cookie means knowing what you prefer and here at Taste.Company, we love the soft, chewy, and slightly under baked ones, exactly the kind The Bald Baker makes!

Photo courtesy of Arabella Paner for Team Magazine.

Cy Ynares aka The Bald Baker has been baking since he was a kid. His mom worked in a cookie shop in the US, so after school, he would go there to watch her bake. Soon, he started making his own creations – from small cakes, puto, muffins, cookies, etc – pretty much anything he can make using Bisquick! After taking up Behavioral Science in De La Salle University (DLSU) and Pastry Arts in International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (ISCAHM) here in the Philippines, he worked in Advertising for about eight years until he got burnt out, left for the US for six months, came home, and started The Bald Baker. The rest, as they say, is history.

To date, The Bald Baker continues to be a one-man home-based bakeshop, where everything that comes out of the kitchen is filled with love and passion that he has for the art of baking. He also mentions on his website TheBaldBakerPH.com that each cookie was “developed through several test bakes to achieve the soft, chewy, bordering under baked texture.”

His tip to budding bakers: “Stay true to yourself and offer something that you personally would eat. Don’t just sell something for the sake of trends and salability. At the end of the day, you are the customer, so make sure that everything that you make, you’ll like”.

He currently has nine different and one specialty banana loaf, which he lovingly calls his “kids.”

The Bald Baker