Paul E. Anna: High Points
December 22, 2011
Over the years Aspen has become as much a shopping town as it is a ski town. And with the conditions on the slopes being what they are, shopping, for many, is the go-to sport this holiday season.
While some may go to Prada or Burburry for their presents, those in-the-know know that the very best gifts to give actually are found just a little ways out of town, opposite the airport, in the Aspen Business Center at Louis Swiss Bakery.
For it is there, tucked in the back corner of the sprawling complex, that the bakers at Louis toil to create individually, by hand, the greatest gifts of all: the assortments of freshly baked, artisan European Christmas cookies that they make each year. Yes, in all of Aspen there is no better gift for Christmas than a plate of cookies from Louis Swiss Bakery.
For 30 years they have been crafting these wonderful cookies, from recipes that were brought straight from Europe three decades ago by the old man himself, Louis Tornare. Sure a new watch may bring a smile, and some skis will last a while. But cookies are of, by and for the season, and these Swiss, Austrian and German confections say that you care enough to give, dare I say it … the sweetest gift of all.
When you buy a platter of Louis Swiss European Christmas Cookies you’ll have 19 different tastes to choose from. The soft ones are perfectly soft and the crunchy ones are well, perfectly crunchy. I love the almond horns with the chocolate dipped ends.
The Cinnamon Stars are like edible ornaments from the tree. The Swiss Engadiner nut-filled cookies are to die for, and the Stollen Logs are just so good that they defy description. All of the ingredients are the freshest and best, and the flavors of the cookies take you straight to Europe. These are as close you can get to Bavaria without booking a Lufthansa or Swiss Air flight.
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You can only buy Louis Swiss European cookies directly from the bakery, where they are made fresh each day during the holiday season. At $24.50 a pound they may seem pricey at first, but compare them to the store-boughts or internet-ordered and you’ll see that not only are they a steal, they are in fact, the real deal.
Louis will be open today until 4 and, if you are a last-minute shopper, you can even get in on Christmas Eve 11 a.m. But if you’re a serious shopper, you know that these special treats go fast, so to be sure, you best head out to the ABC right away.
Happy Holidays to all … I hope you enjoy the cookies!!