Whole Foods Market*
NE 15th and Fremont St. – Portland
*my review pertains to this specific Whole Foods only because, in fact, not all WF cookie bakers are created equally. (I’m talking to you, WF @ NE 28th and Burnside. Over-baking your cookies and then wrapping each one up in Saran? Stop it.)
What is happening to my mouth? I suddenly crave snickerdoodles regularly. For the first time in all my cookie-eating years.
6839 SE Belmont St. – Portland
Coquine is a (relatively) high end, full service restaurant at dinner time, featuring seasonable and sustainable food in a lovely, comfortable setting. It is situated in an otherwise residential neighborhood next to Mount Tabor in SE Portland.
2420 N. Proctor – Tacoma, WA
Here’s something sad: I recently realized I had not been moved to write about any new cookies I’d met for over TWO months. Not since that almond-y beut in Oakland.
Here’s something not sad: Then one day this ace of a chocolate chip number showed up in my life.
They call it, simply, “The Cookie.”
3265 Lakeshore Avenue – Oakland, CA
Approximately $1.30 (Sold by the pound – by I forget exactly how much.)
I keep forgetting to tell you about the last great cookie I ate!
I was at my brother’s house in Seattle over a month ago – the same day he brought it back from a trip to SF/ Oakland along with a few others from the same bakery. Everything he’d
Food Front Coop
2375 NW Thurman Street – Portland
(Find it in the self-server pastry case in the store’s deli area.)
Okay, I know. Vegan. If you’re scrunching your nose right now you need to get over it and just don’t worry. Everything is fine. It is more than fine. Because no joke, this cookie is better than approximately 85% cookies I come across in the world, vegan or otherwise.
This is why.
Le Cookie Monkey
1902 NW 24th Ave – Portland
It is currently ONE HUNDRED DEGREES straight up – on the last day of July in Portland. I am too stoned out on the heat to provide a nuanced description on this one and, frankly, kind of can’t believe I had the fortitude to seek this one out on my way home just now.
2940 NE Alberta – Portland
Q: Why is it that a taco joint is completely NAILING chocolate chip cookies?
Stella makes exactly one* baked good and they make the $*!% out of it.
Somebody in that kitchen, clearly, is a cookie scholar – and is managing to get these gems under a glass dome at the cash register on a regular basis. (I’ve seen them every time I’ve been there, with maybe one exception when they’d sold out.)
3402 SE Division. Portland
First thing’s first: it’s not really a “gingersnap.” This is not a criticism; most days I would rather eat a soft, chewy ginger molasses cookie than a crispy, brittle one. (Not that a very good gingersnap doesn’t have its place in the world. It totally does.)
That being said, while not necessarily an earth-shattering ginger molasses, it is certainly a solid option – not shy on spice and flavor and overall pretty satisfying.
Note: I thought it tasted even better two days later than it did freshy-baked. Only a well-made, not over baked cookie will pass this integrity/longevity test.
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland
This one was a crapshoot. I honestly could not tell by looking at it whether it was going to be a delightful cloud of lemon, toothsome chewiness – or a tragically dry, biscuit-y disappointment.
Grand Central Baking
Portland & Seattle – various locations
There are two Grand Central Cookies that I’ve loved for ages: Triple Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin. I return to them again and again. And again. These are staples in my Portland cookie circuit; they are consistent, solid, always pleasing.
Café at Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd – Los Angeles
Had a work/fun trip to LA last week for a few days and was put up in this Koreatown hotel for one night. I knew nothing about the place before I showed up so I was bummed that I’d made plans to meet my friends at The Ace for drinks instead of insisting they come there. I mean, The Ace is…
Little T Baker
2600 SE Division St. – Portland
I stopped by Little T today for the first time in a few months – only because I don’t get over to this neighborhood (during cookie hours) so often – not because I don’t think it’s a fine, fine bakery. (It is.)
I saw this cookie in the case, unlabeled. The lady described it to me as a snickerdoodle with
*purchased at café next door to bakery:
435 NE Rosa Parks Way – Portland
It is no secret that I’m a fan of a double dark chocolate/triple chocolate/chocolate whopper/ooey gooey chocolate cookie. It has a variety of handles, this dark brown beauty, but it mainly boils down to this:
435 NE Rosa Parks Way – Portland
I’ve eaten a lot of hippie cookies in my life.
A lot of them were good. A few of them were great.
But even more of them tasted like…actual dirty hippies.
210 W Evergreen Blvd – Vancouver, WASHINGTON
Cereal Killer. I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t get the pun at first. I was, in fact, wondering why they were calling it “cereal killer cookie” instead of “killer cereal cookie.”
7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
I’ve been very fond of the cookies at Milk since my first visit – in 2008 – and I return every time I’m in Los Angeles. (I like L.A.) Four years ago I proclaimed Milk’s iced spice molasses cookie my favorite molasses cookie ever.
Red Wagon Creamery
55 West Broadway – Eugene, OR
It has been a long time since I ate a cookie good enough to talk about.
But I finally did. Last week. In my hometown. Not at a bakery, even. But at an ice cream joint called Red Wagon Creamery. They make very good ice cream*, but whoever they’ve got in charge of the cookies is no dummy, either.
The Slanted Door cookie kiosk
Ferry Building Marketplace- San Francisco
Note: I found this cookie NOT in the actual Slanted Door restaurant, but instead just outside of it, amongst the kiosks in the main hallway of the Ferry Building Marketplace. I’m not sure whether this a regular Slanted Door cookie stand or if it exists only occasionally. Looks like I assed-out with the information-gathering on this one. Sorry guys.
I was with my mom on a short visit to S.F. last week and by the time I found this nugget last Saturday, we’d walked probably 5 miles and tasted about 4 other cookies in the Ferry Building/farmers’ – all of them before noon. The day before that, we’d tasted about 3 others in the city. This was the most remarkable of the bunch.