There Are Actual Cookies In Devin Braddock's Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookie Tin

By Amelia Schwartz | Will Blunt


Amelia Schwartz
Will Blunt
Pastry Chef Devin Braddock of Ariete
Pastry Chef Devin Braddock of Ariete

We’ve all been there (or seen it on Instagram lately): walking into Grandma’s house and spotting that blue tin of Royal Dansk Danish Butter Cookies. Any kid would anticipate a sweet, buttery scent when opening the lid. But wait, what’s that? Buttons. String. Needles. Not a cookie in sight. For Pastry Chef Devin Braddock of Ariete Hospitality Group, this disappointing childhood memory is especially poignant, so she reclaimed the cookie box with actual cookies. When guests order Grandma’s Cookie Tin at Ariete, they get the cookies they’ve always yearned for—and not even the semi-stale biscuits that Dansk provides. Sold together for $9, a trio of Braddock’s fresh-out-of-the-oven cookies, all with their own distinct eccentricities, is placed on a bed of buttons for a tongue-in-cheek twist. Here’s what’s in the cookie box:

Goat Cheese Oat Tuile: This variation of Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies boasts a goat cheese frosting sandwiched between two steel-cut-oat wafers. The traditional creme pie’s chew is replaced with a satisfying snap, thanks to the cookies’ delicate exterior. 

Sea Salt & Chocolate Chip: “[My cookie] is a play off of the Toll House recipe,” says Braddock. “I want it to be nostalgic but still restaurant-worthy.” Braddock packs the cookie with four different types of high-quality chocolate (from light to dark) and sprinkles sea salt over it in order to balance out the Toll House signature sweetness. 

Pecan Blondie: Braddock uses a combination of caramelized white chocolate, sea salt, ginger, sugar (and a lot of it), and pecans for this ooey-gooey blondie cookie, finished with a dusting of powdered sugar.

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