Martha Stewart made these cookies for me. Well, that might be stretching it a
little lot. It is more like Martha’s team arranged for these cookies to be made for me at her book signing (okay, okay…me and a few other people). It was an interesting experience for sure. It was the first time I had ever been to a celebrity book signing. It is also where cookies were a highlight and these walnut cream cheese cookies came into my life.
My friend Terry invited me to the book signing. We got our limited tickets and was excited about going. It was held at the Georgia Aquarium. The Titanic exhibit was going on there at the same time. We thought we would leave early, check out the exhibit, and then go to the book signing. We had our limited tickets so there wasn’t any hurry. We saw the exhibit and walked across the aquarium to the signing. And there we joined a few thousand other people. So much for “limited” tickets.
The line was incredibly long. It snaked through room after room. We waited, and waited, and then waited some more. Then suddenly these people appeared carrying trays of cookies and milk. At that moment they were the most popular people ever. I had at least one of every kind of cookie they offered. The walnut cream cheese cookies were both Terry’s and my favorite. I knew I would be baking them one day.
Here is a photo of me during my two seconds with Martha. She may have looked up at smiled at me. At least she signed my copy of her cookbook.
Here is a photo of Terry with Martha. Terry actually got Martha to look up and speak to her. All the time spent waiting in line was worth it to her at that moment:
I baked the cookies a few times after the event. Terry’s daughter Casey tried them and loved them. She asked if I would make them again for her when she went off to start her first year of college. That was a couple of years ago. This summer Casey spent a quarter at SCAD in Lacoste, France. While she was there she asked if I would make them for her again. It was my pleasure to bake another batch of these to for her to take with her when she left for her third year of college.
Have you been to a celebrity book signing? If so, who was it? I’m glad I went to this one and discovered these cookies and Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook. The recipe is slightly adapted to reflect my method of preparation. You can find the original recipe on page 159 in her book. Click on the photo to order it from Amazon (affiliate link).