Food & dining

Two-bite cookies from Kitchen Millie

Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Many parents will tell you that a youngster’s lemonade stand can inspire a lifelong entrepreneurial spirit. This is certainly true for Michelle Wax, 24, of Kitchen Millie, a Somerville-based cookie business launched last fall. As kids, Wax and her two brothers spent summers running a lemonade stand and also sold silver dollar-sized chocolate-chip cookies they called “two-bite” cookies. “They were fresh from the oven. We sold hundreds,” says Wax. A craving for the cookies — not too big or too small — hit her while she walked around Boston one day, but she found mostly hefty rounds in shops and cafes. Wax got to thinking and soon began to tweak her grandmother Millie’s recipes (the company’s name is a nod to her) to start her own business selling fresh baked, homey, melt-in-the-mouth, two-bite cookies from pure ingredients. The baker sells Kitchen Millie treats at farmers’ markets and through her website (five for $4.75; 20 for $13.50 to $14.50) in tan coffee bags in varieties like the Caramel Renegade, a heavenly snickerdoodle with a salty caramel center; the Peanut Patriot, a soft, sugary shell enclosing a thick layer of peanut butter; and the Unrivaled Classic, reminiscent of a tender Toll House with loads of chips. You’ll want to make them last for three and four bites. Kitchen Millie cookies at SOWA on Sundays and Somerville farmers’ markets in Davis Square on Wednesdays, Union Square on Saturdays, and Assembly Square on Sundays, or go to ANN TRIEGER KURLAND