Before she left the nursing world to open Twisted Sister Bakery (1543 N Wells St, 312-932-1128)
in March, Lisa Alexander
made regular trips to her favorite European bakery in the suburbs. The bakery displayed its towering layer cakes and fancy tarts front and center—but she had to search to find the cookies. Like the bastard child of baking, they were hidden away on the display case’s bottom shelf.
To Alexander, this was inconceivable. Cookies made up the bulk of her baking life—they were the first sweets she made, and she never grew tired of them. So at her own bakery, cookies are the main attraction, a top-shelf delight.