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Oatmeal Raisin Apricot at Craftsman & Wolves

Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Oatmeal, Whole grain, Fruit | 0 comments

Craftsman & Wolves
746 Valencia St. – San Francisco

I ate this a few weeks ago – during a (way too) quick trip to S.F. at the end of last month.  And no, I don’t know what in the hell “Craftsman & Wolves” means.

Wait…I bet their website’s “about” page  will clue me in. Okay, yeah. It does (sorta). Something about hard work in the name of pursuing your craft. I don’t feel like reiterating it so just check it out yourself if you care.

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ANZAC Biscuits and Cowboy Cookies at Pacific Pie Co.

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in ANZAC, Oatmeal | 0 comments

Pacific Pie Co.
1520 SE 7th Ave – Portland
.75¢ and $1.50

Hi cookie eaters. This is a two-fer post. I’ve never had two different cookies share the limelight of a single post, but I’m doing it now because these are, in fact, very nearly the same cookie. The only thing separating the ANZAC biscuit from the cowboy cookie sitting in a neighboring jar at Pacific Pie Company is the addition of chocolate chips.

First things first. You’re either hip to the ANZAC biscuit or…you are not. If you are not, here’s the main thing to know.

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Cardamom Snickerdoodle at Bushel & Peck Bakeshop

Posted by on Aug 18, 2013 in Snickerdoodle | 2 comments

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

Q: Why have I never written about a snickerdoodle  in my 3 whole years of cookie bloggin?

A: Because virtually every snickerdoodle that has ever been inside my mouth tastes like a whole lotta nuthin.

Q: Why am I writing about one NOW?

A: Because the simple addition of cardamom, a tiny bit of salt (even a little more wouldn’t hurt, frankly),  added to the baker’s willingness to underbake it so that it remains soft and buttery and not dry and biscuit-y, makes this snickerdoodle worth talking about. And, more to the point, worth being inside my mouth.

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Momofuku Cornflake Cookie at Pie Spot

Posted by on Jun 15, 2013 in Etc., Chocolate Chip | 0 comments

Pie Spot
521 NE 24th Avenue- Portland

Yes, this is a place for pies. Little bitty personal-sized pies.  An impressively prolific variety, I might add.

Which is cool. But more compelling than the pies, if you ask me, are the cookies. (Because, uh…this ain’t no pie blog.) I’ve been here twice (two days in a row because I was working around the corner in a studio a couple of weeks ago) and each day they were making both regular chocolate chip and these here Momofuku cornflake cookies.

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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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Oatmeal Raisin at Spielman Coffee Roasters

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 in Oatmeal | 0 comments

Spielman Coffee Roasters
2128 SE Division St – Portland

Spielman Coffee Roaster’s main gig, unsurprisingly, is coffee beans. But in the past year or so since they opened, they’ve also earned a reputation for baking some of the best bagels in town (Montreal style) –  with lines regularly spilling out of their tiny Division Street shop. And even though I’m not a bagel chaser in general, it’s nice to know it is possible to get our hands on something more chewy, earthy, delicious and

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Whole Grain Shortbread at Tabor Bread

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in Shortbread/Sugar Cookies, Whole grain | 0 comments

Tabor Bread
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland

I might be on a shortbread jag. Like I said in my last post, I have not historically been a shortbread-chaser.

But… being that Tabor Bread mills all of their flours right there in the bakery – from several different kinds of whole grains (spelt, rye, whole wheat, kamut, and more) –  their shortbread, naturally, offers a unique and welcome twist on the traditional.

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Shortbread at Bakeshop / Ristretto Roasters

Posted by on Jan 17, 2013 in Shortbread/Sugar Cookies | 1 comment

Bakeshop / Ristretto Roasters
5351 NE Sandy Blvd – Portland (Bakeshop)
3520 NE 42nd Ave – Portland (Ristretto)

The one I ate was the little round with rainbow sprinkles (above – I think those ones are 50¢, not $1), but I’m told that the same dough is used for the unadorned squares, pictured below. I found it at Ristretto on NE 42nd – not sure whether or not they’re sold at Ristretto’s other two locations. But I’m fairly certain that they sell at the squares (if not the sprinkly rounds) at their shop on N. Williams.

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Oatmeal Chocolate with Cranberries (and rye flour) at Tabor Bread

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Fruit | 0 comments

Tabor Bread
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland

Tabor Bread mills their own flours and bakes their bread and pastries in a wood fired oven – apparently the first retail bakery in Portland to do so.  I was surprised to read this. I mean, this is Portland – D.I.Y. headquarters of America! But it says so on their website, and who am I to second guess the internet?

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Rugelach at Fleur de Lis Bakery

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Etc., Holiday | 0 comments

Fleur de Lis
3930 NE Hancock St – Portland

Is this really my first post ever about rugelach? Criminal. I have no excuse.

But…since Chanukah just started (this is the second night), I decided this would be the week to finally chase down a piece worth talking about. Rugelach are made year-round, but they have deep roots in Chanukah.

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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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