The Finer Cookie:
By Kimberlie Robert
The new day brings a fresh determination to show that your assumptions were mistaken. You chose the Chocolate Pretzel as the Apology Cookie because 1) they will travel well and 2) the nature of this cookie, with its dense chocolate, crunchy sugar crystals and adorable presentation will hopefully appease any animosity that you’d created, and will demonstrate your enormous regret.
So you set about making the chocolate dough and rolling out the 12 inch ropes that make the pretzel when the doorbell rings for the second time today. Thinking it was the neighbour boy again, you yank the door open with cookie dough fingers. You were wrong again (it must be a streak). The delivery man waited patiently for your signature: another package from Spain. Being no clean space on the counter, you walked it to the dining room table.
A pillow of fresh caraway and buttery fragrance floated through the opened box. You felt the full force of emotion radiate through your body as you picked up the sealed envelope. Finding the one-way plane ticket to Spain threw down the gauntlet of doubt, and left you in a heap of worry. You reached for a shortbread and raised it to your lips. They were chewy from the currents, captivating from the caraway, and not-too-sweet, the way you like them. One-way to Spain?
Your letter must not have arrived. This gesture sweeps away the plaguing uncertainties of long distance love, but stepping on that plane, open-ended, asks too much: work is demanding and your sisters require too much attention. Still, you understand that accepting this invitation, even if only for a short stay matters. And so, you begin to map out the details of such a trip, and feel without any doubt, you can turn this around. Without hesitation, you returned to making your Chocolate Pretzels.
The Finer Cookie: A Delicious Affair sequel:
Lemon Macaron with a Tart Lemon Curd Center
Sour Cherry Amaretti
Sesame Coconut Shortbreads
Panellete de Pinyon
Hazelnut Lime Sticks
Espresso Chocolate Fudge Cookies
Sweet Ricotta Peach Cookies
Currant Caraway Shortbreads
Churros with Cinnamon
Pecan Polvorones with Muscovdo
Flourless Peanut Butter with Bourbon Soaked Peanuts and Smokey Bacon
Corn Meal and Olive Oil Biscotti
Browned Butter and Red Wine Brownies
Photographed by Kimberlie Robert
Kimberlie Robert is currently the Executive Cookie Maker at The Finer Cookie. As of recently, she has worked as an Executive Assistant for five years. Prior to that she was the Coordinating Director/Partner of an Advertising Agency. She has earned an MA in Art History and a BA in English Literature. She is also a writer and researcher, short story editor, pastry chef, tango dancer and gardener.