A recipe for regret

1. Bake a cookie.

2. Frost it with the likeness of former president Barack Obama, styled after the iconic 2008 “HOPE” poster, but globbier and lumpier.

3. Hand the cookie to Donald Trump Jr., who will make a face and post it to Instagram. (Optional: Add Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex).)

4. Enjoy?

Certainly, some did.

The president's eldest son shared the photo on Sunday with no less than three tears-of-joy emoji, and more than 40,000 people clicked a heart beneath it.

But many most severely did not enjoy this little mix of confection and politics.

Some accused the cookie, and by extension the men with it, of disrespecting the office Trump Jr.'s father now occupies.

Some even saw racism within Obama's glazed contours.

The Dallas Observer, the city's alternative weekly newspaper, reported on calls to boycott the city's ritzy Le Bilboquet restaurant, where Trump Jr., Cruz and the Obama cookie had gathered for a party over the weekend.

Le Bilboquet's owner consequently disavowed the pastry in an open letter to his customers, expressing “indignation” that people unknown had brought the cookie into his restaurant “to promote, disrespect, and spread hatred.”

A regular customer had rented the place out for a weekend party, the owner wrote. Because Le Bilboquet caters to diners in one of Dallas's wealthiest suburbs, it may not be surprising that a senator and the president's son were on the guest list.

It remains unknown who brought the cookie.

“Some good friends decided that while my birthday is not for 2 weeks that they would get me an early 40th birthday cake,” Trump Jr. explained on Instagram, beside a photo of himself gripping the cookie with both hands and what appears to be a grimace of pain.

Cruz stands next to him.

Newsweek wrote the senator “appeared unmoved by the cookie,” though Bill Kristol saw a “sickly smile” on his face — as though he had some foreboding of the storm to come.

And a storm there was.

The Hill described the cookie's decoration as a “distorted image of Obama.” (The poster it was modeled after was probably the most iconic image of the 2008 presidential campaign.)

The Daily Mail made a headline out of a quote from an obscure tweeter: “racist minstrel show on cake,” which TMZ also picked up on.

Cruz's office did not immediately respond to questions about the cookie, and Trump Jr. declined to comment on it.

But facing boycott calls in the local press, Le Bilboquet owner Stephan Courseau took to his own Instagram page Monday to, well, not exactly to tamp down the furor.

“A lot of you have been shocked and appalled to hear that Donald Trump Jr. and Ted Cruz celebrated a birthday of a friend at Le Bilboquet with a cake with our former president Barack Obama's face on it,” Courseau wrote.

“Let me be clear, I share your indignation without any reservation.”

Courseau noted he was a French man who had married a Mexican woman and believed in “universal values of love, respect and tolerance,” to which the cookie was antithetical.

Its public appearance at the party, he said, had left the staff feeling “betrayed and sad.”

Courseau subsequently removed the post — along with the restaurant's Facebook page, apparently.

An employee answered the phone at Le Bilboquet as usual on Tuesday, but the owner wasn't immediately available for comment.

Nor were there any signs his letter will mark the end of the cookie's trip through the ovens of hyperbole.

“The restaurant was bombarded with threats and is now condemning and apologizing for something it had nothing to do with,” wrote Frontpagemag.com. “Because we all live in Mao's China now.”

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