Shahira Marei

The Dirty Cookie | Irvine, CA

Shot shaped cookies customized uniquely for every client.


Chocolate chip cookie shot.

Company description…

The Dirty Cookie is a dunk-free (but slam-dunk) twist on grandma’s classic recipe, where the usual splashy mess stays within the cookie. Our customizable cookie shots are the life of any party. We believe in a zero-waste environment and have developed two additional products as a result; cookie butter and VGF cookie dough truffles.

I started my company because…

It was born from my personal aspiration to change lives. When I was 10 years old, on vacation in Egypt, I witnessed the devastation of hunger and homelessness first hand. I was shocked that children my age were living on the streets, that they were deprived of basic food and shelter. I begged my father to give them money, and he conceded, but not before engraving the single most important statement I would hear to date. “If you really want to help them, give them jobs, not money.” It was monumental enough for me to decide to build a company—one that I vowed would be centered around the people I employ.

The impact I want my company to have on the world…

I want to help people discover their true callings and provide them jobs that make them feel good about themselves as a part of something bigger. In turn, I hope this leads them to start the businesses or careers they desire. I’ve started with my team and wish to grow that worldwide.

Top 3 goals for my business are…

  1. Scale our e-commerce platform by creating amazing content.
  2. Secure $1M in funding by the end of 2019.
  3. Build the most amazing skilled team to help take us to the next level.

Women entrepreneurs are…

The strongest, hardest working people I know.

I #EmbraceAmbition because…

I want other women to believe they are capable of achieving anything they put their minds to.

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