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The Shortbread That Comforts After the Oakland Fire

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I left a lot of dear friends in Oakland when I moved to New York, and one such friend, David, had every intention of going to the Ghost Ship on Friday night, the night a horrifically powerful fire blazed through. Instead, though, he decided to stay home and make Sablés Viennois. This is not in any way surprising for David to do—he’d make prickly pear gelato for barbecues, and gougères and passion fruit macarons for potlucks with our friends.

As he put it, staying home to bake Laudurée’s cookies “literally saved my life.” Amidst such shock, pain, and fragility, it's easy to fall numb, but there can be bright spots—of people helping others heal, of coming together, in their own ways. David is baking his “life saving cookies” and all proceeds will go to the Gray Area Fire Relief Fund.

More on David's endeavor is here:

Sablés Viennois to Save Lives This past Friday my last-minute choice to try #Ladurée's recipe for these cookies instead of going to Oakland for 100% Silk's party like I had originally planned ended up being far more grave than I could have ever thought. Baking these cookies literally saved my life. I'm hoping these vanilla shortbreads can help others, too. I will take cookie orders today, $10/dozen, with 100% of the proceeds going towards the Gray Area's relief fund for the victims of the #OaklandFire. If you want to help but don't want the cookies, I'll do my best to exchange them to others for more donations. These also make great gifts! D.m. me or email [email protected] for more info or to place an order! #ShortbreadSavesLives

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