You’ll find the most amazing cookies in New York City at the Harlem Biscuit Company

NEW YORK — After losing his job during the pandemic, Melvin “Boots” Johnson turned to a comfort food from his childhood to help him stay afloat.

“When the pandemic hit, I was out of a job. I was at home and the money was running out. So I started selling chicken and cookies out of my garage,” says Johnson, who, in as an untrained baker, just started making cookies. like her grandmother made them.

His customers couldn’t get enough.

Moving fast, Johnson, also known as “Chef Boots”, set up shop at a local bar from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to sell his deceptively simple cookies and cookie sandwiches.

“We make buttermilk cookies with flour, baking powder, buttermilk, butter, honey. Six ingredients, but what you taste is love,” notes Johnson, who rises early every morning to begin the cooking process.

Johnson hopes to lead by example and be a positive role model in her community. “Every cookie we sell changes our community. It’s me who shares those cookies with our neighborhood and changes the environment,” he says.

“When you taste my food, you taste my heart.”

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