Pictured above – Kirsten Cooper looks on as her dream becomes a reality.
Family-owned and operated business is dedicated to crafting delectable French macarons
Cookeville – The origin of the French macaron is uncertain.
Ask different experts, and you will probably get a couple of answers, but most sources say the Italian chef of Catherine De Medicici introduced the macaron in the 16th century while others claim the almond-based delicacy was invented in 1791 by two Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution.
The macaron we enjoy now is not the same macaron peddled by the nuns centuries ago. The current inclination, two meringue cookies brought together by a light, flavored filling (meringue, almond flavor and buttercream filling for those counting) was a creation of the French capital in the 1830s. As I said, the origin story is muddled, but one thing is for sure, macarons have stood the test of time. They have lasted centuries, and their preparation has become a kind of art form.
The French Cookie bakery has brought that artistry to Cookeville after officially opening its doors last week.
“Today was an absolute dream,” said The French Cookie of the celebration. “Best grand opening I could have ever asked for. To everyone who came, thank you.”
Macaron – So many options, so little time.
The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) was on-site along with a sold-out crowd.
“Exciting news for food enthusiasts in Cookeville as The French Cookie opens its doors to the public,” said the Chamber. “This newly launched, family-owned and operated business is dedicated to crafting delectable French macarons in an array of irresistible flavors, alongside an assortment of other sweet treats.”
The French Coookie’s macarons are also available at:
- Vertical Coffee Company on 17 W Spring Street in Cookeville
- GrinderHouse Coffee at 73 N Main St. in Crossville
- Rokabilly Coffee in Carthage
- Ruby & Lee Bakery in Livingston
Event space – The French Cookie offers event space.
The building at 125 West Broad Street on the WestSide in Cookeville will also offer an event space for “those seeking community gatherings.” They are open Tuesday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m to 8 p.m. and Sunday Noon to 4 p.m.
Photos courtesy of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the French Cookie.