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Joanne Adirim, Founder and Pastry Chef of Cookie Chips

Joanne Adirim

Founder & Executive Pastry Chef

Feb 17, 2022

For 25 years, Joanne served as the Founder and Executive Pastry Chef at HannahMax Baking, where she launched the original Cookie Chips® brand. In 2022, she’s launching the Cookie Chips® Baking Mix, the first ever mix that makes pastry chef quality, thin snacking cookies. With her new brand, she is excited to bring her 25 years of expertise to the at-home baking community.

In 2020, I closed my baking business in California. Then the pandemic hit. 

Living in Los Angeles just wasn’t cool or fun anymore. I didn’t have a job to go to. The filth and homelessness surrounding my baking company, located in the industrial part of L.A., had spread to my home neighborhood. I didn’t feel safe. I didn’t feel good about what my family was being exposed to, especially my youngest.

So, my family up and left, and moved to South Florida. The air is clean, the streets are clean, and I feel safe. I even leave my front door unlocked sometimes. (Don’t tell anyone.)

In L.A. I owned a wholesale baking company called HannahMax Baking which I started in 1993, at the age of 28. I made high-end desserts for restaurants, cafes, hotels, and gourmet groceries (e.g. Trader Joe’s). It was hard work, but incredibly rewarding. Then in 2013, I launched the first innovative thin snacking cookie called Cookie Chips® which sold nationally. In 2016, I exited the business. Another story for another time. I don’t want to be classified as retired, so I’m starting again.

Pastry chef Joanne Adirim chopping Valrhona chocolate feves

I thought about all those people who are now spending more time at home baking. As a pastry chef, I want to offer pastry chef-quality baking mixes that are easy to make and use simple ingredients. That is why I decided to launch the Cookie Chips® Baking Mix. 

My time with this project is significantly less than what I am used to doing. This is actually a good thing. I’ve learned about work-life balance and I’m enjoying it.

In reality, I work part-time on this new venture. I wish I could tell you that I was banking huge amounts of money, but I’m just getting started. Literally just launching.

When I first started out in life with baking and building a business, making money was all about physical comforts like buying a beautiful home, taking fun vacations, driving a special car, and all the typical physical things society tells us we need.

This time feels different. I’m building this business in order to give more back to this world. I would love to start a family foundation that provides for all kinds of needs in my community and my world around.

That’s it. It’s an exciting time for me. I love my new business and I’m grateful that you’re a part of it. Whether a newbie or experienced, if you’re an at-home baker, pick up a bag of my mix, join our community, and let’s get baking!

Pastry chef Joanne Adirim during a film shoot, displaying her freshly baked cookie chips soft and chewy cookies

Make pastry chef quality, thin & crispy cookies in 15 minutes. These easy-to-bake, Cookie Chips® are irresistibly delicious.

Like everything else that I bake, this mix uses artisan, non-GMO, simple ingredients, and no artificial junk.

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