Clinching a win with Top Shelf Cookies
Heather Yunger believes her cookies helped the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011. The steadfast and superstitious fan is sure the ritual of bringing to every home game her soft and chewy cookies she coined Black & Golds — dark chocolate with peanut butter chips to mirror the team’s colors — clinched the win. In the midst of the victory parade, Yunger decided she would quit her corporate job and start a cookie business. So the Dorchester resident took a job at a bakery and some business
courses, and four years ago launched Top Shelf Cookies. She bakes at Dorchester’s food incubator CommonWealth Kitchen and handcrafts six varieties as well as three to five seasonal flavors ($8 for 6). “Even the Bruins are fans,” says Yunger. Cookies have names like Green Dynastea, made with green tea and ginger for the Celtics, and Green Monster Mint, dark chocolate with green mint chips in honor of the Red Sox and Fenway Park. A new choice, GOATmeal (yes, for Tom Brady) blends oatmeal, apples, blueberries, and cranberries. Local ingredients influence other recipes: Boston Lager Chocolate Chip is made with brew from Samuel Adams and Alex’s Sweet Heat, a spicy chocolate cookie, is baked with hot sauce from Boston’s Alex’s Ugly Sauce. She also produces citrusy Pink Lemonade, a lemon cookie baked with hibiscus and cherry, and one called PB Supremes, moist from creamy organic peanut butter and studded with crunchy peanuts. Yunger offers a Cookie of the Month Club subscription (3, 6, and 12 months, $59.95, $99.95, $194.95), and will send a dozen each month by USPS within a day of them being baked. It’s a perfect gift for parents to send to a homesick college student. www.topshelfcookies
.com. Also available at American Provisions, 613 East Broadway, South Boston, 617-269-6100.
ANN TRIEGER KURLAND