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Baker launches company that mixes cookies with charity

Amanda Palomino has spent the last several months baking cookies for friends while fostering dogs, and found a way to combine both of these interests through a new charitable company: Batter that Matters.

Palomino, 27, lives in Bedford, New York. Her father owns several restaurants, but she is a self-taught baker, learning as she created desserts for her family. Palomino told The Journal News that she began baking more during quarantine as a way to "de-stress," and when she gave her desserts away to family and friends, she saw how their faces would light up. "I've been thinking about starting my own business for a while so I figured why not bake, spread joy, and give back," Palomino said.

In early January, she started Batter that Matters, an online bakery specializing in cookies — her favorite treat to make. Her menu features classics like chocolate chip and snickerdoodle, with vegan and gluten-free options to be inclusive. A portion of her profits will always be donated to charity, with the organizations changing every few months. Palomino's first charity is the SPCA of Westchester, and she picked this no-kill animal shelter in honor of the pups she's helped rescue over the last year. "I've spent part of the pandemic fostering dogs and it's been really rewarding," she said.