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The Finer Cookie:
Sour Cherry Amaretti

Contemplating the second date

By Kimberlie Robert

As you peer into the bathroom mirror contemplating your second date, you button and unbutton your shirt trying to decide how open to leave it. After all, the first date left nothing to the imagination. Still you want to leave a good impression—a lasting one if possible. Tonight you will be dining (in public) at a restaurant you’ve heard is excellent, and it will be nice (this time) to explore the intellectual side of this “relationship.” Now, when the doorbell rings, you answer it with your coat on. The resto has absolutely no curb appeal, not even a sign to mark it, but the place is humming. The sommelier comes to the table in well-worn green Converse High Tops, and a very tightly fitted plaid jacket. The bottle arrives and is decanted. The glasses sparkle, and the tasting sip promises a delicate bouquet and complex finish. The service is seamless, and every bite is delicious; and best of all, you both laughed at the same things. How often does that happen? Back in the car (which was clean BTW), you reveal four small, old-fashioned Sour Cherry Amaretti that you made earlier that afternoon. They are just two compelling bites each, sweet-sour, lemon-chewy, almond-scented. Enthralled by the crispy shell and chewy center, you are disarmed by a soft, and delicate kiss on your cheek. It was at that moment you knew there would be a third date.

Click here for the Sour Cherry Amaretti recipe

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Photography by Kimberlie Robert

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.

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