Koekje: Baking eggless, bite-sized remedies with love

Looking for some eggless cookies that are both crumbly and dense topped with sprinkles of Himalayan Sea salt? Home-based business Koekje has the perfect remedy for you. 

When owners Izny Inani and her husband Malai Firdaus Izdihar first started the business in 2019, the idea came about when Izny was craving for some cookies that are sweet but safe to consume when she was on her maternity diet.

At the same time, she was thinking of the cookies that she had abroad, making her cravings for the baked goods stronger.

In search of the most similar tasting cookies locally, the couple tried making their own and started to explore some recipes. 

It took them several months before finalising the consistency and quality of the cookies before the birth of “Koekje” which means cookie in Dutch.

Cookies by Koekje are different from others with their square-rounded shapes and crisp texture, flavoured with the right amount of sweetness and saltiness.

“Our cookies are special as they are constantly thoroughly checked for the best quality. Any under baked and over baked ones will be disposed and are considered as non-sales worthy,” said Izny, adding that the cookies are baked daily and are on pre-orders only.

The cookies are only sold in a limited number of flavours such as the best-selling Sea Salt Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Biscoff Chocolate, a unique taste of cinnamon and chocolate.

These bakes are ideal for those who like cookies that are the opposite of big, chunky and chewy but small, bite-sized and crumbly. 

“We believe that we are the first one to sell these one-of-a-kind cookies, we have done our research of the marketing in Brunei before selling our products and aimed to have our own uniqueness and creation,” said the entrepreneur.

Koekje is currently a home-based business but is planning on expanding its business and bringing in more locally made pastries in the future. 

Talking about other aspiring bakers who want to venture into the same business, the couple was very supportive and said that the journey will be worthwhile.

“We would love to see more unique bakes locally made in the future,” said Izny whose bakes are available for purchase via their Instagram @koekje.bn

This article was first published on 23 October 2021 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 164

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