Attorney Reveals Secret of Making Good Dough

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher lawyers are doing a little pro-bono baking on the side.

At least six attorneys and staff members have committed to baking 450 cookies for the annual holiday party, on Dec. 15, at Compass Community Services, an organization providing shelter, transitional housing and other services to the homeless. Lawyers in the firm’s S.F. and Palo Alto offices are also “adopting? 19 Compass families, providing them with presents, clothes and other essentials.

The sweet move follows San Francisco partner Kathryn Coleman joining Compass’ board.

Coleman is an experienced cookie cutter: She’s been selling about 500 cookies a year at firm bake sales raising funds for various charities, and once produced 2,000 for a holiday party. After much negotiation with a source really, really close to Coleman (who must remain anonymous because, well, that seems to be working so well for other journalists these days), the Recorder’s crack investigative staff has obtained the document containing Coleman’s cookie recipe — apparently a clipping from an old issue of Gourmet magazine.

  • 1 pound of butter
  • 1 1/3 cups of sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 1/3 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Mix together, roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes. Cool and decorate.

That’s not to say Coleman is giving up all her tricks — there was something about frosting the flatter, bottom side of the cookies rather than the top, for instance, but our sources swore us to secrecy.

— Marie-Anne Hogarth

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