Named after a pastime that defined many of our childhoods, Cookies+Milk is the latest offshoot by pastry chef Elizabeth Marriner. Founder of Polka Dot Cookies, a custom-order cookie business established in 2003, it was fitting for Marriner to expand her enterprise with a walk-in cookie and milk bar along Newtown’s King Street.
“Biscuits are the underdog – everyone wants to talk about cake,” says Marriner about her decision to open a cookie bar. “We wanted to make more varieties of biscuits, but we’re keeping it pretty simple.”
The sidewalk window gleams with a playful display of sweets on silver stands among bold crates, novelty cookie-shaped cushions and synthetic grass. The almost bare interior boasts a lemon yellow wall detailing four old-fashioned milk bottles, styled and hand-painted by visual artist Simon Murray of Ashdown & Bee.
Milk bottles of all sizes scatter throughout the space, forming decorative features among the Scandinavian-influenced furniture. Heirloom jars filled with the likes of jammy dodgers, ginger beer shortbread and brown butter hazelnut spoons guard the front counter.
There are also custard tarts, Doris Day (orange macaroon with passionfruit orange marshmallow buttercream) and breakfast biscotti with dried fruits and pistachio, enjoyed with a side option of Picton’s Country Valley yoghurt.
The giant blackboard details the full range on offer, which is not limited to sweets but also features savoury tarts (with fillings like roast vegetables, fetta and caramelised onion) served with house-made beetroot relish. Beverages include shakes, Allpress coffee and Rabbit Hole tea.