Love Letter Essays On Cookies


With Love, A Letter to Cookie and her Stories

May 2017


Robert Mapplethorpe, Cookie Mueller, 1978.


Dear Cookie,

I knew your face from the pictures first.

No one looks as ravishing in red at 4 a.m. on a toilet seat, lacy red knickers stretched down to your knees, with triangles of skin peeping through the folds of red fabric you probably fashioned together a few hours before the party.

No one looks as “alive” dead as you do in your casket, with bangles stacked up to your elbow like a glistening, gold Cleopatra.

I knew your face from the pictures first, but then I found your books and came to your writing. It is this body that I long for, the body of your stories.

I long to touch those eyes, that skin, that face, that fabric, but instead it’s my writing you that touches, a second skin.

It is a skin that scratches, to find the other you.

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I have been fortunate enough to be able to purchase your fabulous cookies near my residence in Lewes, Delaware. I began taking them to a night class at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE. Soon I was bringing 2-3 bags per week as a cadre of devotees emerged. Some are mad for the Lemon and others weep tears of gratitude for the Chocolate Chip. And all clamor to know where they can buy them in their area. I suggested Giant, Superfresh, and Food Lion. They searched and searched but came up empty.

I’m pleased to know that you offer online purchasing and will share this info with my classmates. But, I would like to know if there are any plans to expand distribution to the area where most of them live – Newark/Wilmington DE. I am confident they will do well in this region.

Years ago, someone brought me chocolate chip cookies from Hawaii and I have forever been trying to find something with a similar brown sugary “crunch.” Mission accomplished with your delicious Chocolate Chips. I genuinely prefer them to homemade – they are that good!

Thank you for a terrific product, one I hope might appear in the upstate Delaware stores soon.



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