By Jane Dagmi
Roberta Koz Wilson calls herself
an accidental cook. She didn’t plan
on making a second career out of
cookies, but a major life choice –
leaving a 21-year career at MTV
– coupled with the sudden death
of her mother in 2005, landed
her in a bittersweet space with
room to honor tradition and
make a difference. Channeling her
mother’s “infectious spirit,” she adapted her recipes
and created Cookies for a Koz.
Audrey Koz’s chocolate chip cookies were legendary
in Southern California, especially among music
industry executives whom she would woo, on behalf
of her son Dave (see page 34 for our feature on
Dave Koz), with her homemade treats. With pecans,
Heath bar and the occasional splash of Frangelico
in the mix, Audrey Koz, pharmacist by trade and
baker by passion, claimed that her cookies made
her son famous. She was equally passionate about
helping others, and so a percentage of the profits
from Cookies for a Koz go to the Starlight Children’s
Foundation, her favorite organization.
After three dedicated years in the cookie business,
Wilson is turning it up a notch. With help from her
brother Jeff, the eldest Koz sibling, and a full-time
R&D pro, the cookie company will be re-branded.
The relaunch of Audrey’s Cookies for a Koz includes
new packaging featuring a vintage-style photo of her
mother along with the tagline “helping kids with
every bite” as well as a tweaked recipe that will more
closely resemble the fresh-baked magic that came out
of her mother’s oven. Audrey Koz told her children to
always give 100 percent, and Wilson is following that
highly recommended advice.
Go to Cookies for a Koz for more details.