After ordering the cook-at-home pizza and cookie dough from a national chain for her family several times, Brooke Alderman realized something: The cookie dough never made it to the oven.

It got her thinking. People love cookie dough. Why not sell it? She started experimenting with different recipes, using her three young children, husband, neighbors and anyone she could find as taste-testers.

“I sold out at my first show,” she said. “And that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve kind of got something going here.’”

Alderman initially started in Billings two years ago, working a table at food and craft shows and farmers markets under the name Brookie’s Cookie Dough. After moving to Bozeman in August, she started driving for Uber to save up for her cookie dough truck. She bought a short bus and has been operating out of it in Bozeman for the past two weeks.

Alderman sells chocolate chip, monster cookie, sugar cookie and snickerdoodle dough out of her truck.

“I wanted that same taste as what your mom made, or what your grandma made,” she said.

She also serves Wilcoxson’s ice cream with her cookie dough, along with a whole host of toppings, including marshmallow fluff, Nutella, Fruity Pebbles, animal cookies, peanut butter and Oreos. She also offers bubble cones, a more unique take on a waffle cone that has a softer yet crispier texture.

While people tend to love her cookie dough, Alderman said there have been misconceptions she’s had to clear up with customers. Many people tell her they were never allowed to eat cookie dough growing up, as their mothers always said it would make them sick, so the thought of eating it now is a bit of a foreign concept.

Sometimes customers expect it to taste a little off and are surprised when it tastes like it came straight from the mixing bowl. She often hears, “This dough is doughpe.”

“They’re like, ‘Wait, this is really good,’” she said.

The cookie dough concept works because it makes people feel like a kid again, she said. Growing up, Alderman herself remembers eating Pillsbury cookie dough with her siblings.

“Food can bring a memory to you by the way it tastes,” she said. “And I guess that’s the goal: I wanted it to taste like home.”

Alderman serves her cookie dough at the Bogert Farmers Market on Tuesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. She’s at 19th Avenue and Cattail Street on Wednesday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or whenever she runs out. She also parks her truck around town for various events, with updates on Brookie’s Cookie Dough’s Facebook page.

Abby Lynes can be reached at alynes@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2651. Follow her on Twitter @Abby_Lynes.

Abby Lynes covers business and the economy for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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