Hello, Cookies! A First Taste of Hello Robin's Cookies

Hello Robin's cookies, from left: Habanero orange chocolate chip, chocolate mint, and chocolate brownie

I'm back with another entry in the Tough Life journal.

This time, I, along with the other editors of Seattle magazine, was treated to several dozen still-warm, just-baked cookies from Robin Wehl, who's opening her first cookie shop, Hello Robin, in early December on Capitol Hill's 19th Avenue.

Wehl, who will be sharing space with Molly Moon's Ice Cream (there'll be a seasonal walk-up window like at the laundromat in Madrona) and will be neighbors with Linda Derschang's latest, Tallulah's (more on that here), will be making ice cream sandwiches with her cookies and Molly Moon's ice cream.

Today, Wehl stopped by with six varieties for us to try, including one made with chopped up brownies (above right), a melty and quite spicy chocolate chip-orange zest-habanero version (above left) and the office favorite, a perfectly moist, chewy, classic molasses cookie. These guys are on the small side, but they are tasty.

Wehl says she's on schedule to open in mid-December. But the news of the day is that Hello Robin will be open on Christmas Day! Wehl is Jewish, and Hanukkah's early this year, so it all works out. Wehl told me she's excited to be open to serve warm goodies and coffee to her friends, family and neighbors on Dec. 25th.