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The Everything Cookie at Cheese & Crack

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Chocolate, Oatmeal, Etc., Uncategorized | 0 comments

Cheese & Crack Snack Shop

22 E 28th Ave – Portland


cheese+crack full

Here’s what’s in it:

• chocolate chips, oats, coconut, dried cranberries, black sesame seeds, rainbow sprinkles, olive oil, sea salt.

I am not boing to tell you this cookie is phenomenal, but it IS good enough that I’d get it again. I’ve been loving sesame lately, been thinking about how to up its role in desserts (ice cream, cake, etc.). So big points right off the bat for the seeds. As for the

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Almond Butter with Orange at Grano Bakery & Market

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Grano Bakery & Market 

1500 Washington St. – Oregon City




Brand new excellent bakery alert: Grano opened about a month ago, in downtown Oregon City. As I posted on my March 10th FB review of the place in which I mention their great bread, bread pudding, bostock…did I mention AMAZING bread, this place is completely worth the drive from Portland. (I can count on one hand the amount of FB reviews I’ve bothered to give or even thought about giving so, seriously: heads up on this one!)

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Tahini Cookie at Eltana

Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Eltana Wood-Fired Bagel Cafe

4  locations – Seattle




I didn’t go to this place looking for a cookie. I mean it’s a bagel joint – a step above the typical bagel bakery offerings with things like fava bean spread and shakshuka on the menu (check it out) – but still, not a place I was expecting to find a remarkable cookie.

And then I remembered that, historically, some of my favorite cookies ever were found when I wasn’t looking for them, like at grocery store bakeries and taquerias and throwback 1990’s coffee shops.

I’ve been on sort of a tahini/sesame jag recently (fyi: a little swirl is so nice on vanilla ice cream with a drizzle of honey and salt), so I didn’t think twice when I told my bro to grab this tahini cookie when we were ordering our bagel lunch – the only cookie (or any kind of dessert, I think) in the entire place.


Conclusion: It was not a mistake! Okay, so imagine the sort of peanut butter cookie that is made mostly of peanut butter, held together with a little flour and sugar and (maybe?) eggs. And salt. (Salt is a must, especially in a nut/seed heavy cookie. I cannot say this too many times. This one could have used more, imo.) It’s that same sort of dense, protein-y texture as that cookie, but sesame-y instead of peanut-y (obvs). With even more sesame seeds sprinkled atop, as your eyes can see. You could eat this cookie in place of a protein bar and not feel like you were lying to yourself. No joke.

Points to Eltana for their out of the ordinary offering.





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Molasses Sage Cookie at Seastar Bakery

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Ginger Molasses, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Seastar Bakery
1603 NE Killingsworth St. – Portland


This is really more like a tiny cake – or a “cake-let” – than it is a cookie, if you want my opinion. (And if you’re reading this, you clearly do want my opinion.) No, I cannot back up that declaration academically. All I can tell you is that when I think of a molasses cookie, this is what comes into my head. Or this. Or anythingI’ve written about under the “ginger molasses” pull-category over to the right. 

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Snickerdoodle at Whole Foods Market

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Snickerdoodle, Uncategorized | 0 comments

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. 

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Ricciarelli at Arizmendi Bakery

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Arizmendi Bakery

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

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