When one of her colleagues came to a Halloween party dressed as the floor of a movie theater, complete with popcorn, Swedish fish, and chocolate candy, it occurred to Jennifer Taylor-Miller that those elements could work pretty well in a cookie. Three years later, Taylor-Miller's company, Fattycakes NY, continues to produce the Movie Theater Cookie as part of a line of what she calls "ridiculous cookies."
"People kept giving me challenges," she explains, and she kept meeting them, working nights and weekends around a full-time job in children's media as she built her business. She serves up cookies with a sense of fun and a big wink; a cookie with Swedish Fish and chocolate chips is called Fish & Chips.
Dark chocolate cookies with sea salt or peanut butter cookies with chocolate chunks and pretzels seem positively restrained. At least they do when compared to the Betty Jo, a white-chocolate-laden red velvet cookie that's filled with cream cheese fudge, or the Old Fashioned, a cherry cookie with whiskey, bitters and orange cream.
"Anything with bacon," is a popular hit, particularly the bourbon bacon brittle that makes an appearance in the Drunken Piglet, where it shares the stage with PBR caramel and maple sea salt. That may sound like a lot going on for one small cookie, but each element is balanced by dark, brown sugar flavor and a good bit of salt. It all comes together in sweet, gluttonous harmony.
You can find Fattycakes NY at the upcoming Bust Craftacular on April 14 or twice a month at the Hester Street Fair. She also makes special cookies for weddings and events. When it comes to ordering directly, Taylor-Miller loves to talk with customers directly by phone. "Everything I make is so custom. It's easier to talk to people about what they want than to have them go through a digital shopping cart." But no matter how cookie lovers get their Fattycakes, Taylor-Miller promises that one thing stays the same: "They're made with excitement and love."
About the author: Stephanie Klose has more mustard than you. You can follow her on twitter at @sklose.