Courage Cookies was born in the middle of lockdowns during a late-night baking session between the stores current owners.
In March 2020, Ian Moores was determined to make the best tasting cookie on earth, which he says turned into an obsession.
With the world at a standstill, Moores and co-owner Chelsea Hearty went through countless hours of trial and error at perfecting their cookie recipe.
The Angel Pillow sold at Courage Cookies was the first cookie that Hearty and Moores nailed down in ratios, they were completely blown away by its taste and quality.
The pair documented their baking journey on their personal Instagram accounts, with family and friends beginning to make requests for different types of cookies, like ones with mini eggs.
Their posts became really popular in their own circles and people began asking if they could make orders to get a taste for themselves of their addictive cookies.
Within the first week, they had over 200 orders of cookies to be sent to family and friends in Ottawa and they spent over 15 hours in their kitchen at home making them.
The reality of a small business coming out of the cookie craze had started settling in.
With so many people going through hard times during lockdowns, Hearty and Moores knew they wanted to give back to their community once they became more established.
And now that's become the premise of their company, every month five per cent of their overall revenue is donated to charity or put towards an event to give back to others.
Courage Cookies took off after hosting a few pop-ups around the city, setting up shop at Stackt Market, and then opening this second bakery on Dundas West.
This new bakery has a really fun interior, they've featured a selfie corner with sets of colourful mirrors on the wall for customers to have fun with when they stop in.
The types of cookies at Courage Cookies are normally swapped after being sold out, they range from classic to more unique pairings.
Single cookies start at $3.00 each, but you can also get a box of six for $18.00 or ten of them for $27.50.
Alternatively, if you'd like to bake the cookies yourself, the store offers Dough2Go in a few of their classic flavours priced at $23.00 for a box.
The Whisky Pecan ($3.00) has splashes of Signal Hill Whisky in the dough that's made with rye flour, brown butter, dark chocolate and pecans. A pinch of salt is sprinkled on top.
The Cinner ($3.50) is a favourite at the Dundas West location. The cookie dough is rolled in with pieces of cinnamon bun and a cream cheese icing decorates the top. Soft to the touch and just sweet enough in flavour.
The Mini Egg Cookie ($3.00) is to die for, especially if you're already a fan of simple cookies. Their classic Angel Pillow is stuffed with a good amount of mini eggs, crumbling with goodness in every bite.
Add a shot of milk for $1.00 to wash down with your cookies.
The Crispy Boy ($3.00) has a thin crusty edge with a soft gooey centre, it's their take on a classic chocolate chip and is one of the cookies that the owners worked to perfect during their trial and error days before running the business.
Surrounded by a series of Brazilian and Portuguese bakeries, Courage Cookies brings a more niche focus on desserts to Brockton Village.
Find them right near the corner of Dundas Street West and Sheridan Avenue.