One Smart Cookie – Sandy

Thousand Oaks guests of STONEFIRE Grill have been enjoying them for a couple of years now. In fact, we would often sell out of them before our business had even opened its doors for the day. Recently, they were introduced to the greater Southern California community at each of our seven, soon to be eight, restaurants in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties. We’re not talking about just any cookie here, we’re talking about Sandy’s Cookie – a deliciously oversized, one-of-a-kind blend of oatmeal, dark chocolate, Heath bar and walnuts. Like anything at STONEFIRE, this comes from our family to yours, and Sandy’s recipe is no exception.

Sandy Moreno is an extended member of the Harrigan Family (cousin of Mary’s husband), and her cookie recipe is an adaptation of a generations old sweet treat passed down through her family. She learned the recipe from her mother, though not on paper. Growing up, Sandy would follow her mom around the kitchen, observing and mimicking quantities and techniques until she perfected it herself. “Trial and error” would be putting it lightly, though, since each and every step was calculated, even down to the wooden spoon her mom would use. At STONEFIRE, our tests were very similar, and we went through months of experimentation before getting something close to what Sandy still serves up to this day at family events and gatherings.

“Of course I loved the cookie when I was growing up, but my mom never passed down an actual recipe; she was just an expert baker who went by instinct.  Since I am no expert in the kitchen, I had to follow her around and glean what I could and develop a step-by-step process that I could then follow.  My first few tries were disasters, but I finally perfected it and now I’m delighted that STONEFIRE is enjoying such success with it,” said Sandy, who shared that she revamped the recipe a few times to give it her own flair.

Sandy’s mother knew that the cookies were good, since they were always requested at school bake sales, neighborhood events and family functions. And so the tradition continued with Sandy, adapting a nut and chocolate free recipe for her beloved grandson, Holden, bringing them to the annual 4th of July party at the Harrigan home, and not even thinking about showing up to friends’ homes without at least one.

The cookies have become a part her, not just because they’re good, but because they symbolize the love that she pours into others. It’s a legacy she proudly carries on in her mother’s name, a humble act of service that brings smiles to everyone who tastes them. This, in turn, means everything to Sandy.

“I think my mom would be proud to know that our cherished family tradition is now being enjoyed by so many,” Sandy lovingly remarked.

We couldn’t be honored more to carry on the legacy begun by Sandy and her mother, and we’re delighted to feature Sandy’s Cookie, baked fresh every morning at each STONEFIRE location. They go quickly everyday, so be sure to reserve yours early. Even our Incredible Carrot Cake seems to be getting a little jealous by all of this attention. Here’s to Sandy for sharing a treasured piece of her heart with the rest of us!

In Gratitude,