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Are you there cookie? It’s me, Joanna.

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in General Cookie Thoughts, Etc. | 2 comments


I want to add a new cookie post.  Really, I do!

But I’ve got nothing. NOTHING!  And it ain’t for lack of trying.  Seriously.

In the past two weeks I’ve eaten a LOT of mediocre (at best) and regrettable (at worst) cookies.  Nothing, that is to say, worthy of telling you about.

A partial list of my efforts:

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Pumpkin Cookie with Brown Sugar Icing at Sweet Life

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Etc., Pumpkin | 0 comments

Sweet Life Patisserie
755 Monroe Street – Eugene, OR

Here’s why I love this cookie:

1. It’s made out of pumpkin. There is no good  reason we should be eating pumpkin only from October-December; this is why preservation was invented, friends.  Canned pumpkin is a lovely, lovely thing and I want to eat it in February, June and August as much as I do in November. Pumpkin need not be any more “seasonal” than ketchup or jam. The bakers at Sweet Life understand this fact and therefore grace us with their awesome pumpkin cookie 12 months a year.*  And for that I thank them.

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Cougar Mountain cookie dough

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Etc., Pumpkin | 0 comments

Cougar Mountain Baking Company

Pumpkin Cookie Dough
Your grocer’s refrigerator case – hint: look near the Kozy Shack Pudding!**
$3.50-$3.99-ish/18 oz (apx 18 cookies-worth)

I had oral surgery last week.  I’m not talking about your run of the mill, pansy-ass root canal, friends. This was some serious shit: several (as in, more than a couple) teeth were extracted (by my Chris O’Donnell look-alike periodontist, btw),

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Date Maamoul at Barbur World Foods

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Etc., Shortbread/Sugar Cookies, Fruit | 1 comment

Barbur World Foods
9845 Southwest Barbur Blvd – Portland

I’ve been meaning to tell you about this maamoul that I picked up a couple of weeks ago at the in-house bakery of  Barbur World Foods – a specialty grocery store that imports foods internationally –  mainly from the Middle East and Europe.

When I unwrapped the cookie, a warm and deep vanilla scent filled the air.  It actually made me shiver, I’m not lying.  And the very smoothly-ground date filling was kissed with orange blossom water, all of which had soaked into the buttery, shortbread-like crust – making the whole affair  moist, fragrant and sensational.

Really sweet and rich, in a baklava sort of way.

And it was only a buck and half.

Just for future reference.

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Mexican Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Sep 5, 2010 in Etc., Shortbread/Sugar Cookies | 17 comments

Mexican Sugar Cookies
Location: Possibly every Mexican bakery in the world
$: Not very expensive


I like to write mainly about the cookies I come across that excite me and give me brief moments of joy.  Occasionally, however, I will meet one (or in this case, several) so dreadful that I feel compelled to warn my fellow cookie monsters to take heed.  Consider this both a precautionary tale as well as the seed for discussion.  If there are Mexican cookie lovers out there, I want to hear your voice.  Tell me what I’m missing.  I am nothing if not open-minded in my quest for maximum cookie enlightenment.

Ay, the Mexican cookies. Where do I begin?   

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Vegan Thumbprint at Whole Foods

Posted by on Jul 27, 2010 in Gluten Free and/or Flourless, Etc. | 5 comments

Whole Foods Market

Portland – various locations


“Hey,  so what are your favorite cookies in Portland?”

This is something that I hear, arguably, probably a lot more often than most people do – for obvious reasons.

When I answer, I usually rattle off the last memorable one or two that I’ve eaten – whatever is in the front of my mind and lingering on my taste buds at that particular moment.  However, something I’ve been telling people for the past several months (even when they aren’t asking) is that Whole Foods is making some damn good cookies – better cookies than you find at most local bakeries, and (contrary to its “Whole Paycheck”/ high-priced reputation) more modestly priced, to boot.

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