She and her family operate The Cookie Kitchen simply because, “… we love cookies — baking and eating them, and because we practically grew up in the kitchen,” Roxanne says. It’s a family business that started in the 80’s headed by Roxanne’s mom, Tess Isaac, and her workforce of seven (!) children. Everyone still helps occasionally, but The Cookie Kitchen is currently being managed by Roxanne and her sister, Agnes.
S’mores are the flagship product of The Cookie Kitchen, and its runaway bestseller ”“ a mosaic of crushed graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate enveloped in one big bear hug. A chewy affair this cookie is: the tongue alternately bites and presses and works its way through the gooeyness; it’s like playing with food. Available in three flavors: classic, bittersweet, and my favorite, peanut butter, in four sizes: mini, small, medium, and large.
The St. Martin’s Bread (P90) is an invention of Roxanne’s mom, Tess, who named it after her devotion to St. Martin. This cylindrical, dome-shaped bread is pillow-soft and sweet. It’s got a tight, even crumb that’s much too soft to be made into sandwiches. Eat it as is with your hot drink of choice. I personally love to bury my nose into this bread when it’s toasty-warm.
Upon seeing these divinities (P30/box), someone told me she had an urge to draw happy faces on them. I don’t doubt. While I’m personally not a fan of meringue, you gotta love these little kiss-shaped meringues lightly-hued in green with an accompanying mint flavor. The accompanying lightness and crunch as they melt in the mouth is almost ethereal. Divinities should be kept in the fridge however, so they retain their crunch.
I am reduced to a blithering pile of mush when faced with a good coffeecake. When eating coffeecake, I’m capable of uttering only breathless proclamations of praise in between bites. I’m a slave to the spell of streusel, cinnmon, and buttery cake. When Roxanne gave this coffeecake (P250/loaf) to me, I gave my Bin a sliver of it and appropriated the rest for myself. More home bakers need to make more coffeecake!
The Chocolate Logs (P70/ 2 logs) were invented by Roxanne’s eldest brother: nuts and marshmallows coated in chocolate and formed into a log. As Roxanne tells it, “…he invented this in college with his barkada one Christmas. They wanted to raise money, so they tested recipes related to chocolates (since girls love chocolates!) Well they came up with this one and voila! made such a killing with their business that we continued it for them. They are now all professionals but they still bake at home!”