5351 NE Sandy Blvd – Portland
I have given high praise to two cookies in the past that were both purchased at Ristretto Roasters. Both the Chocolate Chocolate Nib and the Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk, were baked by Kim Boyce, author of the beautiful Good to the Grain baking book.
And now…. Boyce has her very own retail bakery! Bakeshop opened just this past week on NE Sandy Blvd. (Her goods will continue to be available at Ristretto – as well as Extracto Coffee House, Breken Kitchen, Case Study Coffee (adjacent to the bakery), and probably a few other joints that I don’t know about.
Common Grounds Coffee House
4321 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland
Wow. I’m not sure where to begin with this one. I have talked about 7 different ginger molasses cookies on Carpe Cookie so far, each one of them delicious and worthwhile in its own right. It can go without saying that the ginger molasses (or even just straight up molasses, sans ginger, like this one) is one of my pets. I love it.
Ginger Molasses Cookie Salon
(What is a cookie salon?)
Date: June 8, 2011
Attendees: Beth S., Brooke M., Topher S., Scott B., Sarah V.B., Joanna M.
Top row – from left:
3039 NE Alberta St. – Portland
As I have mentioned, I am not a vegan. This, if you have read any of my other cookie reviews, is stating the obvious. But despite my love of butter and eggs, some of my favorite cookies ever have been, to quote the used car salesman who sold me a 1988 Nissan Pulsar, “critter-free.” (True story: he was a vegan used car salesman and he really did say “critter-free” in reference to his dietary practices. I’m not making it up. And yes, I really did buy a 1988 Nissan Pulsar (in 1996) – T top convertible, cherry red, btw. It (I?) was pretty smokin’, if you wanna know the truth.)
939 NW 10th Ave – Portland
I know, right? Another ginger molasses cookie. What can I say? I can’t help myself.
I’m not saying I like this less or more than the two other Portland ginger molasseses I’ve talked about, and if asked to chose a favorite between the Pearl, Crema and this version, I would be hard pressed. I simply enjoy and appreciate it as a more than satisfactory variation on one of my favorite kinds of cookie.
102 NW 9th Ave – Portland
If you’re noticing that there is a disproportionate number of ginger molasses cookies featured here, well, it’s because I have a disproportionate love of ginger molasses cookies. Because ginger molasses cookies are fucking awesome.