Sweet Life Patisserie
755 Monroe St – Eugene, OR
My 2-3x/year trips to Eugene are nearly always capped with a stop by Sweet Life on my way out of town. By “nearly always” I mean always.
And not for nostalgia’s sake. Yes, I (more or less) lived in that city from the moment I left my mama’s womb to the time of my first legal cocktail, which I’m just now for the first time in my life
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.
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 whomever they’ve got in charge of the cookies is no dummy, either.
Whole Foods Market
NE 15th/Fremont – Portland*
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a couple (or 9) times already, but my fondness for ginger molasses cookies runs deep. I LOVE them. Love.
Which means I’ve eaten (and written about) a lot of different ginger molasses cookies.
5351 NE Sandy Blvd – Portland
This was actually purchased this at Ristretto Roasters on NE 42nd Ave, one of the few coffee shops where, in addition to their own retail space on NE Sandy Blvd, Bakeshop good are sold. (Note: it’s $2.50 Ristretto)
Bushel & Peck Bakeshop
3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Portland
I know I just wrote that I’m having a chocolate chip moment. But my current jam? Sesame seeds. Sesame seeds in sweets, specifically. A drizzle of tahini (sesame butter) and honey with a sprinkle of sea salt on vanilla ice cream? I’m serious. It’s perfect. Do it!