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Homemade cookies in American country atmosphere at Aunt Stella’s

At Atre Kawasaki, instead of going to the omnipresent Tully’s or Starbucks you can visit a homemade cookie chain that you won’t often see in Tokyo. It is nostalgically called Aunt Stella’s and has a really long history in Japan.

Aunt Stella's

So, whose aunt is Stella? In 1969 the (future) founder of Aunt Stella Cookie Company, American-born entrepreneur Joseph Dunkle came to Japan. He had started several businesses but but none of them had succeeded, until he came up with the brilliant idea of selling homemade cookies. He used some recipes borrowed from his Amish aunt from Pennsylvania Dutch County and used the image of Amish in general.

Aunt Stella'sStella was a kindergarten teacher who loved cooking. Dunkle adapted standard American cookies to suit the Japanese palate, making them less sugary, smaller and crispier. If you miss the lack of sweetness, here is a perfect deal: a fondue set.

Aunt Stella'sI was going to choose the take-out option, but then imagined the luxury of dipping a chocolate chip cookie into hot chocolate, and gave in. The smell of freshly-baked (or microwaved to achieve the necessary smell) cookies was simply divine!

Aunt Stella'sAunt Stella'sNow Aunt Stella’s has more than 100 stores in Asia (mostly in Japan, but also in Taiwan, and Hong Kong). In 2005 Joseph Dunkle sold his rights in Japan to Morinaga.

Each season brings in special kinds of cookies other than the basic variety.

Aunt Stella's

The company declares its philosophy as «warm heat communication», so why not warm up the fall days with a hot drink and delectable cookies? I’ve counted at least five kinds of pumpkin cookies. Other seasonal tastes include apple, chestnut, fig and purple sweet potato (murasaki imo).

Aunt Stella's


Aunt Stella’s
Address: Kanagawa Prefecture, Kawasaki-shi, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-Ekimae-Honcho 26-1 アトレ川崎 B1F
Access: JR Kawasaki Station
Opening Hours: 10 AM – 9 PM
Official website: http://www.auntstella.co.jp/
Distance to airport: About 6 km from Haneda Airport

Article by Olga Kaneda

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