Meet Le Cookie Monkey

Le Cookie Monkey was born in October of 2009 with a spark in its eye, a sweet tooth in its mouth and a zest for bringing hand-crafted cookies, cakes and desserts to good girls and boys no matter what the age. The good people here at Le Cookie Monkey have a passion for making folks happy with our decadent, yet funky, sweet treats and this love funnels into each and every carefully mixed recipe. You can see it, feel it and best of all, you can taste it!

The magic begins with a commitment to purchasing local, fresh, never-frozen ingredients and continues with the precious art of baking, mixing and decorating, resulting in a delightfully vibrant, happy treat that melts on your tongue and jolts the smile.

We feature a specialized variety of cookies, cupcakes, all-occasion cakes, wedding cakes and other desserts for pretty much any celebration you have in mind. Our sweets are perfect for cheering up a friend, adding a splash of fun to a corporate affair, offering unique alternatives or additions to a wedding cake and just satisfying that sweet tooth in general. So we’d love to hear from you, get to know you and make a special dessert just for your festivity!

We’ll leave you with our favorite mantra: “Monkey see, Monkey eat, Monkey baking yummy treats.”

Life is terrific, so enjoy!


Erin, Pastry Chef

ErinOriginally from Simpsonville, SC, Erin is a chef trained in both Baking & Pastry and Culinary Arts. She attended Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, NC from 2009-2012 where she pursued her passion for learning about and creating great food. Erin enjoyed cooking & baking from a young age and the support of friends and family has always helped her to realize her potential and achieve her goals. Erin moved to Portland in September 2015.

Erin’s parents and family (including a twin sister) still reside in Simpsonville, in the same house Erin grew up. Erin has always enjoyed baking for family and bringing her sweet treats and other dishes to family gatherings to see the smiles and find out how they liked her work.


Meet Gary Olson, Owner

Gary Olson, Le Cookie MonkeyThe moment that I stepped foot in Le Cookie Monkey for the first time my senses were overwhelmed with the scents of sweetness and the warmth of feeling that reminded me of a bygone era. An era where a family’s life revolved around a home kitchen, staffed by one person. The Grande Dame of that kitchen, mom of course, made that part of my life a wonderful respite from the troubles that any day brought. This is the ambiance that is captured at Le Cookie Monkey.

I was born & raised in Portland but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a business career in 1987. In 2013 I moved back to the Portland area to be near family and friends. I am elated to have found the perfect opportunity to pursue my passion for the culinary arts by becoming the owner of Le Cookie Monkey in March of 2015.

Please come by for a visit and enjoy one of our cookies that are baked up fresh for you every day, or just come in to say ‘Hi”. As we sometimes call it “The Monkey loves You!


Amber Witherow, Founder

Amber Darrington, Le Cookie MonkeyCreating Le Cookie Monkey was a dream come true for me. Sharing my passion and love for delicious handed-down recipes with the people of Portland, couldn't have been more fun! It is with great pleasure and honor that I hand "The Monkey" over to Gary and team to continue satisfying your sweet tooth! I reside in Port Angeles, WA, where I now live with my boyfriend and his two wonderful children who are my new little monkey's to bake for!