Side Dishes: New cookies come to town
Katherine Hayward, co-owner of the Vermont Brownie Company , doesn’t spend all of her time whipping up dense, dark-chocolate chevre squares; she’s also a real-estate agent at Re/Max North Professionals.
Now, one of her coworkers, Renee Vierra, 50, has followed in her sweet footsteps. “When I heard Katherine and Shawna [Lidsky] were starting something, I was like, ‘Now’s the time to do it,’” she recalls. “I said to myself, ‘When I turn 50, I want to start a new phase in my life and do something I really love to do.’”
Her gourmet Tipped Cow Cookies , in seven “traditional” flavors from snickerdoodle to oatmeal raisin, are available online and at Healthy Living  and Natural Provisions . She uses local ingredients, including Cabot Creamery  butter, Shadow Cross eggs and Callebaut  chocolate in all of her creations.
Why cookies? Vierra has been baking since she was little. “My mom used to make everything homemade, and I’m kind of carrying on the tradition,” she says. And for more than 20 years, she and her husband Rick have given cookie baskets as holiday gifts. For those not lucky enough to get the goods gratis, the cookies cost $18 to $21 a dozen.
Where did the unusual business name come from? “I love cows, so I knew I was going to do something Holstein-related,” she explains. “We put our own spin on it … When you drink a glass of milk you’re ‘tipping the cow.’”