Behind every great cookie, there’s a great story.
Take Chicago Butter Cookies, the city’s latest sweets company.
Owner Mary Astor Smithe emigrated to the United States as a refugee from Croatia in the ’90s during the War of Independence. A stranger in a strange land, she grew nostalgic for the butter cookies she’d baked as a little girl at her grandma’s knee.
Smithe tweaked the family recipes until she’d created six subtle flavors with a revelatory, light-as-air texture.
Each wholesome cookie contains high-quality, all-natural ingredients. We love the original butter variety but can’t deny the effects of chocolate and sea salt, a hint of orange zest, or chocolate and mint.
Order a box for yourself or enlist Smithe to cater your party or event, replete with servers decked in retro pinup gear (she designs the outfits herself).
Now that’s a happy ending.
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Butter Cookies