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"I DIDN’T KNOW YOU COULD JUST TASTE THE COOKIES AND NOT HAVE TO EAT THEM ALL. I’VE LEARNED THAT LESSON THE HARD WAY.”

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Amy Bruce and Katie Conley, the owners of Red Tree Coffee in Kingston Springs. “I was talking to Amy and Katie, and they said, ‘Why don’t you do it here?’ They’ve been friends of mine for twenty-five years, and now we’re together 24/7.” The company’s repertoire has expanded to include a maple oatmeal raisin cookie embedded with cranberries and a doublechocolate hazelnut cookie with Nutella baked right into the dough. And then there’s the heavenly confection known as the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Fluffer Nutter, consisting of peanut butter marshmallow cream sandwiched in between two peanut butter cookies. That’s enough to make a Nutter Butter blush in shame. These three varieties, along with the quintessential chocolate chip cookie and the mint chocolate cookie sandwich, represent the standard offerings available year-round. Other more adventurous flavors—like the rosewater tea cookie or firecracker cookie (bite-size versions of the classic chocolate chip peppered with hot cinnamon candies)—are available seasonally or by special order. Chucklet & Honey also developed a gluten-free, sugar free snickerdoodle and a gluten-free version of the signature chocolate chip cookie, which they sell at Frothy Monkey. A baker’s day begins when the world is still dark and cold and ends sometime when he’s just short of exhaustion—but you’d never know it looking at Chuck. His eyes light up like bonfires when he talks about working long hours with his staff of mostly seasonal and part-time employees, whom he calls family. And he’s the type of guy who gets giddy when he daydreams about developing the perfect macaroon. “They’re not really cookies. But when you get them right, they’re the perfect combination of everything. If I could conquer the macaroon, I think that would rock.” Although he would love to one day open a storefront in the 12South

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Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...