The skies have a strong hold on the imagination of American artist Spencer Finch, who once hand-painted 2,983 squares of paper in varying shades of blue to approximate the colour of the heavens on the day the Twin Towers fell. A permanent fixture of New York’s 9/11 memorial, Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is perhaps Finch’s most viewed artwork to date. However, that accolade may soon pass to A Cloud Index, a commission for the Crossrail station at London’s Paddington, to be unveiled in December 2018. A 120m-long glass canopy stretching above the concourse will be printed with cloud formations in the tradition of English landscape paintings. Like Finch’s contribution to our recipe series, it’s the perfect antidote for a dull wintry day. Of these cookies, which his great aunt Edna used to serve on Christmas Eve, Finch says, ‘They are not too sweet and not too chocolatey, but rich and wonderful.’


4 egg whites
1/2 lb creamed butter
1/2 lb sugar
1/2 lb ground blanched almonds
1/2 lb grated sweet chocolate
1/2 lb + 2oz flour


Beat the egg whites until stiff. Mix together all the other ingredients and fold in the egg whites. Brush each cookie with egg wash and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.

As originally featured in the January 2018 issue of Wallpaper* (W*226)