Ciara’s ‘Cookies’ Crumbled Into Success, On ‘This Is How I Made It’

R&B diva explains the story behind her 2004 breakout hit 'Goodies' and how it jumpstarted her career.

We’re only slightly biased, but one of the best aspects of MTV’s “This Is How I Made It” is learning new things about our favorite stars before they made it big. And during this week’s brand-new episode features, we learned plenty about sultry R&B diva Ciara as she looked back at the “Goodies” that led her to stardom.

“My goal for my first album was to make my voice clear,” Ciara says in the episode airing Saturday at noon on MTV. “I was 17 years old, so I really wanted to make sure that I spoke from the place that hopefully are the young girls I identified with.”

The 27-year-old explained that her breakout hit “Goodies,” which she wanted to be empowering but fun, originally had a different title.

“The first [recording] session started in Miami with myself, Lil’ Jon and Sean Garrett. We started writing the verse down, shouting out melodies and at one time, I’ve never said this before, but at one time the song was called ‘Cookies,’ ” she revealed, explaining that it was a riff off the children’s song “Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar?”

“It was that song but it was my way of doing the analogy of your love being your goodies, your cookie jar. Just because you’ve got a Benz and you’ve got money doesn’t mean you get the goodies,” she said with a smile, adding how grateful she was to see the track at #1, her first track to do so. “I couldn’t fully embrace that success because I was thinking about the next move after that and I was so determined to just keep getting better.”