Baking in the kitchen with mom (or just basking in the intoxicating aroma wafting into the living room) is a cherished memory for many. Now imagine getting to live that every day – for a living! That's exactly what the mother-daughter duo behind Lark Fine Foods gets to do: but believe it or not, they only started the tradition when daughter Nicole Nordensved was all grown up. Nevertheless, Nicole and mom Mary Ann McCormick have honed the baking process to a fine art. Now, they make up for lost mommy-daughter bonding time by spending their days cranking out refined "cookies for grown-ups" from their Gloucester, Massachusetts kitchen – it's never too late to start a tradition!
It all started at a decidedly grown-up affair: a dinner party. The two had been playing around with a basic refrigerator cookie recipe for a while, "on a lark," so to speak – neither claimed to be a baker in the least. But when their spicy take on a basic chocolate cookie, deemed the ChaCha, got rave reviews at a dinner party (one guest declared it the "best food I've ever eaten"), the two decided to take their hobby to the next level and start a business: Lark Fine Foods.
The new venture took flight, riding on the wings of the soaring flavor that happens when savory meets sweet. Nicole and Mary wanted to make sophisticated cookies that fluttered between savory and sweet – so they came up with subtle, balanced flavors like their Polenta Pennies (ground corn, golden raisins and lemon zest), Salted Rosemary Shortbread and the uber-elegant Burnt Sugar and Fennel Shortbread. Their cookies have a cool sense of having more than meets the eye – they can be dessert, but also so much more.
Handmade, all-natural and preservative-free, these cookies definitely aren't kid stuff, and they've been getting grown-up-level accolades: they've received two prestigious sofi Gold Awards and three sofi Silver Finalist Awards from Specialty Foods. These treats aren't kidding around – one taste and you'll know why!