If you thought gourmet chefs are beyond things like childhood favorites, the cookie is the result of a late-night phone call with an idea (or maybe more accurately, a craving?) from chef-owner Thomas Keller (Per Se) to Bouchon’s director, Alessandra Altieri Lopez.
With both of them being “huge fans” of the flavors, “we were really on the same page right off the bat,” says Altieri Lopez. “I never even tested a non-sandwich cookie. Just went right for the sandwich — knew it would give that super indulgent ‘wow’ factor we both were looking for.”
After several experiments to add more crunch and get ganache in every bite, the final product is a peanut butter cookie with roasted salted peanuts and chunks of 72 percent cocoa; the filling is a ring of dark chocolate ganache and peanut butter cream. A sprinkle of fleur de sel amps up all the flavors, then the second cookie is placed on top.
Altieri Lopez oversees all Bouchon locations, including the bakeries at Rockefeller Center and the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, which bracket a part of Midtown that most New Yorkers have ceded to office workers and tourists. But she knows better, having lived in the neighborhood for six years after getting tired of her commute from New Jersey while working at Per Se.
In that time, she found there’s more to Midtown than overpriced sandwiches and chain restaurants.