Young entrepreneur starts cookie business

Leilani Nickel offers samples of the delicious cookies available at the Keilani’s Cookies booth in the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. (photos by John Gregory)

Young entrepreneur starts cookie business

No one in America can resist perfect homemade cookies with just the right consistency and texture: crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. That’s one of the highlights of items available from the Keilani’s Cookies booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market.

Keilani’s Cookies offers chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon raison cookies and mango macadamia nut cookies, the crowd favorite.

“They’re healthier; they have less sugar,” explained Keilani’s Cookies owner Leilani Nickel. “I don’t think anybody else has mango macadamia nut cookies. We have dried mangos in them, coconut, cranberries and macadamia nuts.”

Leilani, with help from Koleti Nickel, her mother, started the business not long ago, and has been selling at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market for a few weeks. Koleti bakes the cookies, which are packaged in neat cellophane wrappers.

Keilani’s mango macadamia nut cookies

Leilani is a junior at Poway High School and would like to attend either the University of Southern California or the University of San Diego. She eventually wants to expand Keilani’s Cookies and start other ventures.

“I started it because I’m really interested in business and my mom has always made really good cookies,” she said. “So, I thought that we could sell them and I could get business experience because that’s what I want to study in college. I want to own businesses and do sales.”

Keilani’s Cookies at the Farmer’s Market cost $2 for one cookie, $3 for two cookies and $5 for four cookies. Catering is available, and the cookies can be ordered for events such as birthday parties.

Keilani’s Cookies may be contacted by email at

Keilani’s cinnamon raison cookies
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