Psssst, Ya Wanna Buy Some Shortbread?
You find out what’s available a week in advance on Facebook, have only a few days to place your order, and then you show up on Sunday morning in Phoenix’s Coronado neighborhood, knock on the unmarked door and are invited in to pick up the goods.
Aren’t the neighbors suspicious?
When the “goods” are Ten Fingers Bakery’s lovingly crafted shortbread cookies, they’re just as likely to be joining you for a cookie and cup of coffee as they are to be calling the cops.
Ten Fingers’ shortbread is totally legal; past Edible Phoenix contributor and culinary institute graduate Meredith Lee has taken advantage of the state’s cottage law to home bake the buttery treats using high-quality ingredients such as stone-ground wheat flour and Celtic sea salt for friends, neighbors and others in the know.
Flavors rotate on a regular basis (with seasonal variations) and many of them have been suggested by Ten Fingers’ loyal clientele. Options include:
- Brown Sugar Almond
- Just Plain Vanilla
- Aleppo Chili Chocolate
- Coffee Saigon Cinnamon
- Cardamom Coconut Sugar
- Zante Currant Lemon
- Ginger Apricot
- Rosemary Orange
- “Pumpkin Spice” Dusted Vanilla
- Cinnamon Sugar
For Lee (who has another full-time job), the shortbread is a way to get to know the neighbors, share something really good with others and build community.