BISMARCK, n.D. - Brooklyn Hustad has been dancing since around the time she could walk. As she grew older, she became more aware of the expense of her sport and decided she wanted to help her family out by starting her own small business.
Measuring, sifting, and stirring, that's how 11-year-old Brooklyn Hustad supports her passion for dance.
"I begged my mom to let me compete after I fell in love with the sport,” said Brooklyn.
In October of 2019, Brooklyn's UnBakery was born.
"It makes me really happy, because I'm able to help out with my mom and my dad," said Brooklyn.
Brooklyn and her mom, Lisa Hustad, make and sell edible cookie dough to pay for dance expenses.
"It was all Brooklyn's idea. She developed her own recipes, and it just kind of all was like a whirlwind, it happened so fast," said Lisa.
Lisa also says Brooklyn's help goes a long way with the high expenses of her sport.
"There's costumes, and tuition, and private lessons, and comp fees and travel expenses, and it all just kind of adds up," said Lisa.
Dance is Brooklyn's passion. She's in the dance studio "more than 20 hours a week, because I’m there for at least four hours every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, plus all the privates and extra practice," said Brooklyn.
And for her, the sky is the limit.
"My goal for dance is to win nationals, because that's always been my dream since I started competitive," said Brooklyn.
She plans to get there one batch of cookie dough at a time.
The Hustads say they plan to develop five new flavors of edible cookie dough for 2020.
You can order the edible cookie dough by visiting Brooklyn’s UnBakery’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1121724888022336/.