THE NEIGHBORHOOD: The Pearl District
WHAT IS BETTER? Oreos or Cookie Dough? Or you can’t decide? Well, you don’t have to decide.
THE PLACE: Remember sneaking cookie dough batter from the mixing bowl as a kid? Or maybe… more recently? Now there’s a spot where you dig into dough guilt-free. The Cookie Dough Cafe, became a dream realized by sisters Julia Clark and Joan Pacetti, who discovered a way to omit the eggs and use a heat-treated flour to create edible cookie dough.
They started off in wholesale selling to fewer than 100 regional grocery stores. But after premiering on ABC’s entrepreneur series Shark Tank in 2014, those numbers skyrocketed and now they are all over the world. Their fame led to a licensing agreement with Oreo, and their dreams of opening a brick-and-mortar “Scoop Shop” became a reality in 2017. And it’s still going strong today.
Located on NW 13th between Couch and Davis, the Cookie Dough Cafe also serves “douchwiches”—Tillamook vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two layers of chocolate chip cookie dough — and rotating vegan dough options and dough you can take home to bake.
Birthday Cake Cookie Dough Bites
Brownie Batter (Vegan)
Chocolate Chip And Salted Brownie Cookie Dough Bites
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Gluten Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Mint Brownie Batter
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
FUN FACT: Julia and Joan found a wheeled cart on Craigslist that they refurbished into a Cookie Dough Cafe mobile cart, which you can rent for your next event.
QUOTABLE: “It’s this whimsical moment that automatically brings you back to your childhood where you take that first bite of cookie dough, and it reminds you of your grandma or mom’s homemade cookies,” Julia said. “It can be a really emotional, really great thing.”
120 NW 13th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Written by Whitney Gomes; updated 2022