Posted by on Jul 9, 2010 in Ginger Molasses | 6 comments

Crema Coffee and Bakery
2728 SE Ankeny, Portland

Definitely above average. Heck, I’ll go one better than that; this is a very pleasing cookie- and while not in the same league as Milk, certainly worthy of repeat purchases.

I’d tasted this one on a few occasions before, and while I did manage to get it all down, I never found it particularly noteworthy. The one I ate yesterday, however, was softer and more underdone than I remembered, a quality that won’t garner complaints from moi. This cookie is NOT a “snap”, per se – it is dense, quite chewy and very highly molassesed – if I may be so bold as to use “molasses” as a verb. (If a donut can be “sugared”, I see no reason that a cookie cannot be molassesed. My computer’s spellcheck, however, seems to disagree…) In any case, the molasses hit is dark and deep – the dusting of superfine sugar working well to offset the intensity.

The goods at Crema tend to be fluctuate in quality, from my experience, but they are never bad. Their inconsistency, rather, ranges between “pretty good” and “really good”*, this usually a consequence of baking time.

* The exception being their cupcake frosting, which is really nothing more than whipped and slightly sweetened, unsalted butter – which misses the point and is totally unacceptable, if you ask me.