Colleen Bierstine created The Smart Cookie Cook in July 2011 for one reason: to share her food obsession with the world.
Smart Cookie aims to deliver creative recipes on a daily basis, as well as entertaining videos, smart tips, and helpful how-tos.
Colleen started the Smart Cookie Cook after her family observed her passion for all things food, as well as her knack for making it. They suggested she start a food blog. With their support, Colleen created a place where she could share every delicious bite of life with the world.
Mr. McChip (pictured below) is the Smart Cookie Mascot. He is a literal representation of the site’s name; he’s a smart cookie. The website’s title was chosen to reflect the smart and savvy recipes fueled by creativity. Colleen is always looking for ways to make cooking and baking better; she thrives on taking recipes to the next level. This ambition often results in some seriously awesome food and creative ways for making it.
The Smart Cookie Cook is inclusive to meat-eaters, herbivores, and any other eaters out there, offering recipes that everyone can enjoy. You’ll also find a mix of both indulgent recipes and healthy ones because, in today’s world, it’s unrealistic to choose one side of the spectrum.
The Smart Cookie Cook is for anyone who loves food.With a Smart Cookie spin on every recipe, food can be made even more amazing or innovative. Whether you want something sweet, savory, easy, or elaborate, you can find it here. And when you’re in need of inspiration, just ask yourself this:
What would the Smart Cookie cook?
Colleen Bierstine is a 19 year-old public relations intern, chef, and baker. She is currently majoring in public relations and plans on taking the culinary world by storm with her smart cookie style and creativity.
Colleen was born in New Jersey, raised in Pennsylvania, and relocated to her current home in central New York five years ago. From the very start, Colleen was obsessed with food. As she grew up, her infatuation intensified. It was her passion to discover and try every good food she could. Then, as a teenager, she took the spatula in her own hands and dived into cooking and baking.
Colleen taught herself everything, finding her way in the kitchen as she went along. She stands by the belief that one does not need formal training to be an amazing cook. What truly matters is passion, drive, and an ability to learn from inevitable failures. Colleen certainly exhibits all of that.
Cooking and baking is a labor of love for Colleen, one that she hopes to grow into a business. Everyday in the kitchen, she learns more, using her creativity to make every recipe better. She’s a smart cookie who cooks, therefore, she’s the Smart Cookie Cook.
Colleen’s favorite foods include her mother’s Eggplant Parmigiana, pizza, and french fries. On the other hand, she despises cream cheese, and refuses to eat anything that includes it.
Also look out for Reese, Mina, and Mr. Poe, Colleen’s loyal sous chefs. They make many appearances in the Smart Cookie Cook videos.
To my family, who have been nothing but supportive of The Smart Cookie and all of my culinary adventures, thank you. You have always been willing to play the role of taste-testers and #1 fans.
Mother Cookie, you are my rock and my camera-woman, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
A special thank you to my loving grandparents for always, always believing in me & “sponsoring” my site.