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 chai spices, so…that’s what I’m calling it. It’s possible, however, that it has an official (and different) name.
But here’s what I know for sure: it is GOOD, guys!
Texture: slightly crisp exterior, doughy and moist (not one bit crumbly) on the inside. I usually slowly savor my cookie and often take half of it home in its little paper sack. That did not happen today; I kind of inhaled it. And now I kind of (really) want another one. Crap.
Taste: Frankly, I find the classic snickerdoodle less than compelling. And more often than not, way too cakey. But with the addition of what I’m guessing is cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and…(what else? Cloves? Orange zest?) and the aforementioned doughiness, this version totally wins.
There’s also some nice shredded coconut in there.
(I know I said it’s not one bit crumbly and even though this photo contradicts this by showing 2 actual crumbs, I’m standing by that statement. It’s way more moist than it looks. I promise.)
Joanna. I found a recipe for these a couple years ago and they have become our “go to” cookie and new fav. In our house we call them Chaidoodles! In my opin. it’s the cardamon that makes it! Yum! Just discovered your blog and am enjoying it.P.S. Have you made the trip up to the town of Bow/Edison yet to the Breadfarm? Their Chocolate/ginger Chews cookie is amazing! Also their Choc. chip shortbread too. There are so many more that are truly the best, you gotta try them! The Daffodils are blooming now near by in the Skagit valley with the tulips following and soon, so you gotta make the trip up soon!
I’ve been having a late-to-the-snickerdoodle-party moment. I mean, I never hated snickerdoodles, but they’ve never been something I’ve gone out of my way for. I recently discovered the snickerdoodles (baked in house) at the Whole Foods near my house (NE Portland) and am totally into them.
If you like the chai version, you would probably also dig the cardamom snickerdoodles at Bushel & Peck Bakehouse, also in NE Portland. I wrote about them here: http://carpe-cookie.millerama.com/cardamom-snickerdoodle-at-bushel-peck-bakeshop/ I had one not long ago for the first time in awhile and they were even thicker and softer than what I described in that post. I have been thinking of different ways to elevate the snickerdoodle to new heights in my own kitchen and I have a few ideas up my sleeve.
I did not know about Breadfarm but just checked out their website. Their cookies look stellar – above and beyond (ginger honey cardamom shortbread?!). Definitely making a note of them for the next time I’m anywhere near NW Washington. You may have just given me a reason to make the drive. Daffodils and cookies!
I am so happy you like carpe cookie and apologize for the lack of new posts lately. I am going to fix that soon so stay tuned!