Zucker Bakery: Unique, Small-Batch Cookies with No Shortcuts

VideoBy Liza de Guia on Dec 19, 2012
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“Our cookie selection is different. I didn’t grow up in the United States, so, I didn’t grow up on chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t connect to them like others do. I just bake what I’ve known all my life.”

Meet Zohar Zohar, the owner and head baker behind Zucker Bakery, a specialty, small-batch bakery cafe in the heart of New York City’s East Village. Here, you’ll find uniquely spiced cookies that just might surprise you; cookies that make you feel like you’ve traveled – with flavors and spices that hint of other countries, other walks of life. It’s a tiny, homey space – just the way Zohar imagined it – with a curated collection of family and friends of family cookie recipes very close to Zohar’s heart.

Zohar comes from a small community in Israel, where baking was a big part of life. She moved to New York City to work as a professional chef in restaurant kitchens, and only re-discovered baking when she left the trade to raise her own kids. During the past 10 years, she’s been perfecting classic cookie and pastry recipes in her kitchen at home, sharing what she loved solely with family and friends.  It was just supposed to be a hobby, a personal act of passion, until her husband convinced her to open her own bake shop.

Zucker Bakery has only been around for a year now, and in a short amount of time, has created quite a cookie-loving community for itself. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. The cookies are always fresh. I hope you stop by! To me, the discovery of this little bakery is what makes New York so much fun.

“I hope my cookies strike a memory or a warm place for anyone who eats them.” -Zohar Zohar

Zucker Bakery – 

433 East 9th Street, New York, NY

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  1. Susan Butler says:

    I loved this video and your care and compassion comes through. Beautifully done. Wish I could visit your bakery!

    • Liza de Guia says:

      I appreciate that Susan. She was very shy at first, but I took my time and opened her up. She had such a beautiful story. Where do you live? I wished she could ship them to you.

  2. LR Bergeron says:

    Wonderful video! The presentation of the cookies is excellent. LR Bergeron

  3. Rafael H says:

    Great video for a great bakery. I’m glade someone noticed this little jewel-bakery
    With less hype and more quality.

  4. Susan Butler says:

    Lisa, thank you for the reply! I live in Houston, TX and have a fascination with baking cookies. Tested a recipe last night for Valentine’s. The video is truly comforting and gives a sense about the bakery that speaks volumes for the caring of the work of the hands. All the best in 2013 to you all! – Susan

  5. What a great story about Zucker Bakery! She is so talented. When she was showing us how to fill those Alfajores, I nearly died of drooling. Her cookies and pastries look amazing and her story is wonderful! Thanks for sharing this, Liza!

  6. Eileen Formanes says:

    This is such a heart-warming piece. Well done!

    As a baker and an entrepreneur, this video gives me a lot of hope. I wish Zucker Bakery continued success! I love the fact that she bakes from the heart and is proud of her roots.

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