Earlier this year, while we all sat down to watch "Friends: The Reunion", some Seattleites got an extra dose of Rachel, Monica, and Phoebe. Those who stopped by Treat Cookies in Burien picked up the trio’s namesake cookies! Fans of the show, the mother-daughter duo behind Treat Cookies are all about celebrating the good times. For them, this included coming up with joyful cookies to accompany any "Friends" viewing.
The Rachel is a modern take on the classic oatmeal cream pie cookie with a billowy marshmallow cream topping. The Phoebe is a blueberry Pop Tart-inspired cookie, and the Monica is a salty and sweet peanut butter cookie with Cheez-It crackers.
Chelsey Hancock and her mom Monica Barret started Treat Cookies as a farmer’s market booth. When the pandemic life began to take shape, a commercial space in Burien opened up that was perfect for their cookie company to expand. Not only was the location great, the space was previously a family-owned bakery. Hancock and Barret knew this was the right move.
“We felt that it was a way to still stay connected with the community during such a stressful, horrible year,” Hancock said. “It was a really great way for us to bring smiles to people. Even though it was behind a mask, we still felt really connected.”
In addition to five staple cookie flavors, Treat comes out with four specials each month. One option will always be gluten-free and one vegan to make sure everyone has something special waiting for them.
July’s specials include the Katie, a root beer float cookie stuffed with white chocolate chips and crushed root beer barrel candy. You can also chow down on the Morgan this month, a monster cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, Heath toffee bits, M&Ms, and potato chips, topped with a chocolate drizzle and more potato chips. The Olympia also made its debut this month as a vegan cookie with chunks of mango and dark chocolate.
So what’s behind the inventive flavors that come from Treat Cookies? It’s Hancock and Barret’s way of adding joy to people’s lives. Prior to baking some of the most incredible cookies we’ve ever tasted, Hancock was a pharmacist. Important work, for sure, but Barret didn’t love it there.
“I totally get it, but everyone is always in a bad mood when they go to the pharmacy,” she said. “You're not going for a good time. You feel horrible, you’ve been to the doctor, and it's the last stop before you go home.”
Barret left that world and started a family. Eventually, she and her mom decided starting a business to bring to farmer’s markets would be fun.
“I only really want to go back to work if I knew I could do something that would brighten people’s day or bring joy to people,” Hancock said.
Joy is an understatement when eating one of Treat’s cookies. And as the temps rose, Treat introduced their ice cream sandwiches. The current lineup has three options: salted caramel ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies, vanilla ice cream with funfetti cookies, or blueberry pie ice cream with snickerdoodle cookies. Did we mention these ice creams are made in-house?
Ask anyone who’s been to Treat Cookies and they’ll tell you that Hancock and Barret have done this right. We’re delighted to treat ourselves with their spectacular cookies.
Treat Cookies is located at 825 SW 152nd St in Burien and open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. You can also order online for easy pickup at the store or sign up for the monthly subscription cookie club on their website.