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The Finer Cookie: Sesame Coconut Shortbreads

All the connections come together

By Kimberlie Robert

That morning all the connections come together. The taxi arrives on time; there isn’t any traffic; the security lines are short, and you even get to the gate before the airline staff. In only a few minutes after they arrive, you (tentatively) approach the airline personnel because you want to make sure you have an aisle seat. Surprisingly, you are upgraded to first class (your first time). There, you find the seats are so generous and soft, and the flight attendants so attentive. Someone in first class is wearing a fragrant cologne that reminds you of dinner that never happened. Is it the person sitting directly in front of you? The hair colour, the nose and chin look similar, but this person is definitely not alone. You consider taking a closer look, but watching through the crack in the seat, the familiarity between them looks to be unmistakeable. They are definitely not strangers.

At some point during the flight you remove the batch of Sesame Coconut Shortbread Cookies that you made to carry on flight. It’s a recipe that your mother gave you, that her mother from Norway gave her. The coconut has a tender, airy chew; the rich flavour of sesame dominates, and the butter is sweet and soft. These crispy shortbreads are dreamy, and were the cookies you ate as a child under the cherry tree on lazy summer days. But before you take your first shortbread, you put the container on your seat and leave for the Lieu. When you return, the cover is ajar and several cookies are gone. Laying in the container is a note that reads: Thanks for these, but I’ll always prefer lemon.

Click here for the Sesame Coconut Shortbreads 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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