A confession: Cook E. Monster wouldn't kick an oatmeal cookie out of bed, but it's not the preferred partner. It often tends to be too healthy or too pure to quench our true cookie thirst, yet one unlikely place has made oatmeal naughty enough to recommend: A grocery store.
Andronico's Market stocks its pastry cases with a mix of house-baked products and treats sourced from outside vendors. The fresh-baked cookie options aren't quite as exciting as the countless impulse buy-provoking cakes -- flavors include snickerdoodle, peanut butter, ginger snap, and chocolate chip -- but the salted toffee oatmeal cookie is a leftfield winner.
At 99 cents, the cookie is on par with others around town that cost more than twice as much. The stiffness of the generously-applied toffee bits lends an interesting texture that's somewhere between crisp and chewy. A little bit more toffee and it could almost approach the candy bar realm. The salt is definitely present and offers a balance to the sugar in the toffee, but it isn't heavy-handed. And that oatmeal thankfully doesn't taste too healthy.