Cornerstone Cookie is not only spreading love and support through cookies but is raising money for charity at the same time.
North Shore locals Laura Kirk and Michael Synge have a shared passion for cooking and expressing love through food. What started as an obsession for chocolate chip cookies has become a movement to bake the world a better place.
Earlier this year, the couple decided to transform their cookie company, Cornerstone Cookie, into a not-for-profit business and have raised over $1500 for Action Against Hunger and Black Dog Institute. Laura has always been passionate about global charities and as a foodie, it only made sense for her to select a charity working towards eliminating world hunger. Mental health is another issue close to Laura and Mike’s hearts and they understand the negative impacts that COVID has had on the wellbeing of the local community. For this reason, they decided to donate 100% of sales for the month of August to Black Dog Institute.
“I love the fact that we’re giving back to people who are also trying to give back,” Laura says.
Cornerstone’s cookies are homemade and freshly baked in small batches from their kitchen at Zucchero Café Bar. Laura spent months creating the perfect recipe for their signature double choc chip cookie, which is inspired by the famous NYC Levain Bakery. It’s crunchy on the outside and has a warm, gooey centre, packed with milk and white chocolate chunks.
Laura and Mike have been overwhelmed by the feedback from customers and couldn’t be more grateful for all the support.
“The response has been more than I ever dreamed it would be…,” Laura says. “Initially it was a lot of our friends and that was really special and meant a lot but now we have absolute strangers who’ve heard from word of mouth or from another one of their friends who’ve had the cookies.”
You can get your hands on Cornerstone Cookie’s chunky, chocolatey creations by sending them a message on Instagram. A six-pack costs $25 with pick up available from Zucchero Café Bar or local delivery within a 5km radius (this costs an extra $7 that is also donated to charity). Cornerstone’s cookies are perfect for satisfying those afternoon sugar cravings or for surprising your friends and family.
“Our not-for-profit stance is permanent, and we intend to spread love and support through cookies for as long as we can,” Laura concludes.
By Melissa Woodley