2420 N. Proctor – Tacoma, WA
Here’s something sad: I recently realized I had not been moved to write about any new cookies I’d met for over TWO months. Not since that almond-y beut in Oakland.
Here’s something not sad: Then one day this ace of a chocolate chip number showed up in my life.
They call it, simply, “The Cookie.”
This is a ccc for the ages, friends. Definitely the closest thing to the Levain I’ve come across so far.
Here’s what you need to know:
• GIRTH. It is wide and it is fat . Baked exactly the right amount of minutes, its exterior is firm and slightly crisp and the inside is perfectly doughy – in a totally non-salmonella sort of way.
• Chunks of Belgian bittersweet and semisweet chocolate. (I know I say I prefer regular-sized chocolate chips as opposed to oversized, irregular chunks but I’m backing off that stance for once. Chunks: just fine. I concede.)
• Walnuts. It’s no secret that this is my least favorite cookie nut. Not because they taste bad but because they make my mouth feel hurt-y. Like I’ve been French kissing a belt sander. Sure, these would be even more ruling with pecans or almonds instead of walnuts but, again, I am not splitting hairs. I think the walnuts may actually add to the structural integrity, keeping the entire situation in one solid unit.
• Not overcrowded with either of the above (chocolate or nuts), leaving enough non-chocolated and non-nutted area for proper balanced chocolate chip cookie enjoyment. (Way too many ccc bakers do not get this right. Props to Met Market for seeing the light.)
And because there is (almost) always room for improvement, here is my one suggestion to Met Market that would push this hot shot to the tippy top:
• More (dark) brown sugar and a touch more salt, por favor – and with all due respect. Try it just once and let me know if you think I’m off the mark.
• I am not positive but I think it is available ONLY at the Tacoma Met Market – and not at the chain’s other locations in the Seattle area.
The Cookie is available at all Met Markets. I would know because I (no longer shamefully) get at least 6 of them every time I go to one of the stores. I have driven from my home in Shorline to the downtown Seattle location at 2AM… just for this damn cookie. I am only shaing this bevause I can post it anonymously online…
In conclusion… this cookie is f**king AMAZING.
Good information – glad to know The Cookie exists at ALL Met Markets. Phew. Anyone who drives an hour(?) round trip for a cookie is someone I would trust with my firstborn child. If I had a firstborn child – or any child for that matter.
Why do so few people get it soooo right like they do? It shouldn’t be that difficult. I guess the fact that they don’t is what makes this cookie so singularly fantastic. Truly over and above!
I’m late to the game, but I too drove from Shoreline but to the Magnolia location
And I’m late to the game replying to this – sorry, just saw it now for some reason!
Consider yourself lucky; Shoreline is much closer to The Cookie than Portland is. I need to get up there, STAT!
you can get the cookie in Tacoma!
Mary: yep – that’s where The Cookie I ate and wrote about was from: TACOMA! Sounds like it’s available at all Metropolitan Markets, not just that location, as I originally thought.
It doesn’t matter if we’re late to the game – The Cookie is ALWAYS worth talking about. I stumbled across this site as I was trying to look for the recipe. My work is having a cookie exchange and we’re supposed to bring cookies with a recipe – I thought of bringing this Cookie to share with those who haven’t tried it.
I simply ADORE this cookie – and I’m not a big chocolate fan, unless it has nuts which this cookies does. I try to get ones with the least amount of chocolate (you can pick & choose which cookies you want), but am not always successful. They are SO Yummy – I’m glad I’m not the only one who would drive great distances to get one. They are that special and SO worth the drive. I believe in all that sugary chocolate gooeyness (always served warm) with nuts and saltiness rolled into one delightful scrumpdeli-icious piece of sweet heaven.
Pardon me as I make myself drool…
Hi Cookie Fan,
Your comment, plus the fact that I just ate a bite of a completely unremarkable (leaning towards bland) chocolate chip cookie from Whole Foods is making me crave The Cookie HARD! (I’ll never figure out how Whole Foods make one of the best ever ginger molasses and oatmeal raisin, yet a way below average ccc. Doesn’t add up.)
While visiting my son who lives in Queen Anne, I had the opportunity to go to The Metropolitan Market and it did not disappoint. All I could smell when I walked in was total awesomeness of the most amazing cookie I had ever had in my life. Since they do not ship as they are best eaten warm, I sadly crave those damn cookies on a regular. I even tried to get the recipe and came up empty. HELP I need those cookies…
Hi Ha. I’m sorry to say that I don’t have an inside connection at Metropolitan Market – otherwise I’d try to track that recipe down for you. I think I’m among the few in the world who prefers a room temperature chocolate chip cookie (or any cookie, for that matter) to one hot out of the oven – I just like the consistency of the solid chocolate against the main part of the cookie. And I think you can taste the flavors better when they aren’t hot – and when they’ve had some time to meld together. Again, I know I’m a minority on that one! (I actually put my cookies straight from the oven into the freezer, which magically tempers them to (IMO) perfection.) Let me know if you ever find the recipe!
Does anyone have the nutrition facts? This is the best cookie in the world… but I just joined weight watchers so I want to see if I can ever eat it again! ?
Apologies for the egregiously unprompt reply (just saw it!). I don’t know the nutritional facts but if I were a betting woman I’d say that one of those cookies might be an entire day’s-worth of points!
PS: I’m not saying it’s not worth an entire day’s worth of points.
PPS: I am completely uneducated on the current WW point system so everything I’m saying is unfounded and without any sort of authority.
This cookie is beyond amazing and scumptious. I buy mine at the Metro Market in Kirkland, WA…this cookie has to have at least 800 or more calories, though. For me, it is a rare splurge, though every time I go to Metro Market, I stare at those cookies.
Deborah: you have uncommon self discipline. But I won’t lie, the thought of you staring longingly at the cookies makes me a little bit sad ?
FYI, these cookies often weigh close to 200g each, which is easily over 1,000 (delicious) calories.
Just in case anyone’s wondering whether these things are big enough to share!
Thank you for these useful stats, James. (For real, not being facetious.) Yeah, you can easily stretch this beast out over a day or two, which seems to ease the caloric blow a tiny bit and make it more of a civilized proposition.(At least that’s what I told myself ?)
So worth the 1000 calories as a splurge. Did it today. Just don’t do it often ?
Well, when you consider that this monster is easily 4 cookies worth of cookie, it is absolutely worth it!!