The Origins of Captain Cookie & the Milkman
From DC to NYC and Beyond

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Meet the Dessert Superhero

Captain Cookie and the Milkman serves up fresh, made-from-scratch cookies, dairy from local creameries, and made-to-order ice cream sandwiches in stores and for delivery in New York City!

Kirk Francis serving freshly made cookies

How It Started

Kirk Francis made his first cookie at age four and has been obsessed ever since. His recipe for chocolate chip cookies is the result of over three decades of tinkering and testing. To say these cookies are made-from-scratch is an understatement. Years of cookie-making and the finest ingredients have gone into making Captain Cookie the best desserts you’ve ever had.

While on the quest for perfection, he also developed a handful of knockout recipes for each of the cookies featured on our menu.

In 2012, Kirk started the Captain Cookie and the Milkman food truck. Kirk and his wife, Juliann, eventually turned one food truck into a fleet and a flagship store right off the George Washington University campus.

It was at that first store that Neil Hershman, a GW student at the time, became obsessed with Captain Cookie. After graduating, Neil entered the food industry in New York City. In looking to expand awesome snack options for hungry New Yorkers, he remembered the cookies he loved at GW. He reached out to Juliann and Kirk, who were delighted to have a fan who knows and loves New York, and who was interested in bringing Captain Cookie to the Big Apple.


How It’s Going

Captain Cookie opened its first New York City location in East Village in early 2022 and grand opened a second shop in Times Square later the same year. Turns out New Yorkers love our flavors—and our freshness.

Our two locations serve our delicious cookies, ice cream sandwiches, milkshakes and more in stores and for delivery to hungry New Yorkers with a sweet tooth that only Captain Cookie and the Milkman can satisfy.

In addition to our fleet of food trucks, we now have five stores in Washington DC, and have added a location in Raleigh, NC.

Kirk and Juliann Francis serving cookies
Kirk and Juliann Francis

Serving Cookies to Fight Hunger

We believe it takes more than just baking warm cookies to make the world a better place. Captain Cookie donates a portion of our profits to No Kid Hungry as well as to a variety of local organizations and schools.

For every cookie our customers munch on, for every scoop of ice cream licked, for every milk mustache made, Captain Cookie and our community are working to make the world a better place!

East Village Location

741 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Times Square Location

234 W. 42 St.
New York, NY 10036

Cookies Aren’t the Only Thing We Deliver!

We offer a wide variety of tasty sweet treats in New York City and a cookie-of-the-month club shipped anywhere in the U.S.! Fill out the form below to learn more about our subscription boxes or to ask about custom orders by emailing