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Chocolate Chip Cookie at Comet Coffee – St. Louis

Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Salt | 2 comments

Comet Coffee
5708 Oakland Ave – St. Louis, MO

The following is the first ever GUEST POST on carpe-cookie.  Here’s what’s true: I know very few, if any, cookie eaters who put as much time, planning, consideration and reflection into cookies as I do. Chris W. is one of these people.

Chris is currently visiting St. Louis; this afternoon he sent me texts (yes, plural) about a fantastic-sounding chocolate chip cookie that he was eating – in real time. In his words:

CW: Messy cc cookie just out of the oven. Comet Coffee in St. Louis, MO. I’m  usually not into the

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Chocolate Orange Flourless at Bushel & Peck

Posted by on Nov 3, 2012 in Chocolate, Gluten Free and/or Flourless, Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

Bushel & Peck Bakeshop
3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Portland

I said there would be more soon from Bushel & Peck. I wasn’t lying.

This one:  a chocolate crinkle. But like the ginger molasses with sesame from the same bakery, it’s a classic with a twist that takes it from (sort of) ubiquitous to fairly unique. The orange (zest, I’m presuming) is a great addition to an already delicious cookie

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Chocolate Chunk Pecan at Pearl Bakery

Posted by on Oct 11, 2012 in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

Pearl Bakery (purchased at Pastaworks)
102 NW 9th Ave  – Portland

It’s not as easy as you’d think to find a chocolate chip/chunk cookie with nuts that are not walnuts. So I am happy when I do.

And when the non-walnuts are pecans, even better.

AND…when the cookie is prepared in the style of the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever met (David Leite’s New York Times recipe, circa 1998), even BETTER.

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Chocolate Pecan Chewy (gluten free)

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in Chocolate, Gluten Free and/or Flourless | 0 comments

Compote Café and Bakery
2032 SE Clinton – Portland

Had a coffee date with my friend Carin this morning, who (politely and non aggressively) admonished me for not having posted about a gluten free cookie anytime recently.

Luckily she brought along two different gluten-free goodies from Compote, a nice (not exclusively) gf bakery/cafe in her neighborhood. (Thanks, Carin! I owe you one. Or two.)  I’ve been to Compote. It’s a nice joint and I think I’ve

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Chocolate chip with sea salt at Courier Coffee

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

Courier Coffee Roasters
923 SW Oak – Portland

This is a cakey chocolate chip cookie for sure – something I don’t usually scream (in a good way) about. BUT… because top notch ingredients are so clearly at play – including deep, complex chocolate and no shortage of dark brown sugar and good butter – it’s kind of hard to go wrong here. In other words, it’s a good cookie and I don’t see how anyone could say that it isn’t – no matter your ccc leanings.

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