Sweet collaboration saves creator of fanciful cookies
By Erika Engle
Nov. 15, 2013
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COURTESY PENNY PALMER PHOTOGRAPHY Mitzi Toro sells her elaborate cookie creations at First Friday and Fourth Friday events on Maui, as well as online and at other Valley Isle locations.
COURTESY THE MAUI COOKIE LADY Gluten-free cookies, including the Gluten Free Pinwheels, shown, are popular among customers with gluten sensitivity. The flours used in preparing gluten-free cookies behaves differently in the baking process and does not “plump up” as much as traditional flour, owner Mitzi Toro said.
COURTESY THE MAUI COOKIE LADY The Sarah Biggs was named after The Maui Cookie Lady’s first repeat customer and is among company’s best sellers.
COURTESY THE MAUI COOKIE LADY Emblazoned with Ruby’s Diner images, The Maui Cookie Lady owner Mitzi Toro bakes the cookies as a thank you to diner owner Kirk Baldridge, who lets Toro use his commercially certified kitchen as a baking venue.
COURTESY THE MAUI COOKIE LADY The Bacon-Nator, made with slow-cooked, brandy-soaked bacon, is a popular addition to The Maui Cookie Lady line of 4-ounce to 7-ounce cookie creations.
COURTESY THE MAUI COOKIE LADY Clark Guittard, director and brand manager, fifth-generation, family run Guittard Chocolate Co.