Hayward baker Dave Parker churns out edible cookie portraits of whoever you can dream up
When we first heard about Parker’s Crazy Cookies, they sounded a little, well, crazy. But it didn’t take long to be won over by the founder of this Hayward company, who makes animal crackers in the likeness of yourself or anyone you know.
Dave Parker, whose infectious enthusiasm for his four-year-old business was fostered by a lifelong love of baking, says his biggest customers to date have been parents ordering custom treats for their kids’ birthday parties.
The 31-year-old Orinda native has also proved savvy at finding other occasions for his kooky cookies, which include creating brides and grooms for weddings, UC Berkeley football scenes for rabid Cal alums, and even cookie cutouts of Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 presidential election. (They were used as turndown service treats at two Washington, D.C., hotels.)
The whole idea got us thinking: Who would we want to see on a cookie? That would have to be Danville’s hero pilot, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, of course. Parker got to work and whipped us up a batch of Sullys, which we think turned out pretty well.
“Distinguishing features really work well: his captain’s hat and that mustache. I think he just came out adorable, I really do,” Parker says.
Custom designs require a 25-bag minimum order at $4.99–5.99 per bag (or 150-cookie bulk order), plus a $20 fee for each design.