I've told you about my M.I.L. many times. Basically because she's a total goddess of good…and, on occasion, of epicurean evil. I'll explain.
First the good. Vivien spoils rotten all those around her, be it with her time, her gifted ear for listening, or her sage advice and conversation, and she possesses the rare ability of making whoever she is talking with feel like they are the only person in the room. When it comes to gifts, she always searches tirelessly for things the recipient of her generosity will truly love. I can rely on her for anything and although we are 3000 miles apart, I treasure our almost nightly phone conversations as well as her frequent visits to visit us.
Now for the evil part. On those frequent visits, one of the things Vivien and I love to do is pop into Clare Vivier to ogle over her gorgeous bags and then restore ourselves by stopping next door at one of the most drool-worthy bakeries I've ever been to, Lark. Without fail, Viv cannot leave without buying several boxes filled with Lark's delectable cupcakes and cookies -- simply picking one or two treats is not how she rolls. That's true evil in my book, however my kids could not be more thrilled. As a result, they have become true connoisseurs of Lark's heavenly offerings. Over time they have settled on a favorite, The Old Fashioned Ice Box, a tower of thin chocolate cookies covered with thick, fluffy whipped cream.
Chocolate cookies and whipped cream are a combination Kenya and Chloe cannot resist and these Raspberry Cream Chocolate Cookies are sort of a reverse twist on Lark's decadent treat. I go for more of a sandwich with my version, filling the cookies with a red hued cream made with fresh raspberries. Cut your cookies in the shape of hearts and it's hard to find a dessert that says "I love you" better than these. Evil never tasted so good.