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Monday, November 5, 2012

Elvis Honored in the Bacon-y King Cookie

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

The King cookie by Market & Rye. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • The King cookie by Market & Rye.

The two locations of chef Ryan Scott's eatery Market & Rye are known for having creative desserts such as endless remixes of Twinkies and fully loaded cookies like the Kitchen Sink, which carries an arsenal of pretzels, potato chips, butterscotch chips, and chocolate chips. A new cookie variety is a tribute to the infamous tastes of the late Elvis Presley.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Buenos Aires Alfajores Charm With Californian Sensibilities

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Gluten-free cookies by Buenos Aires Alfajores. - BUENOS AIRES ALFAJORES
  • Buenos Aires Alfajores
  • Gluten-free cookies by Buenos Aires Alfajores.

Buenos Aires Alfajores is an Oakland-based handmade cookie company by Argentinean expatriate Andrea Ozzuna. Her products are based on her grandmother's recipes, but Ozzuna has introduced some adaptations that fit right at home with the Bay Area palate.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Botanical Bakery's Got a Spicy Little Number

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Chocolate Chipotle Shorties have a wicked kick. - BOTANICAL BAKERY
  • Botanical Bakery
  • Chocolate Chipotle Shorties have a wicked kick.

Sonoma County's Botanical Bakery offers teeny tiny shortbread cookies ("Shorties") that are about the size of a quarter and flavored with herbs and spices such as fennel pollen and lavender. The latest variety, Chocolate Chipotle, is the feistiest and most potentially addicting of all the Shorties.

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- Arlequin Cafe Threatens Lil Debbie With Deliciousness

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Arlequin Cafe Threatens Lil Debbie With Deliciousness

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Oatmeal cream pie cookie at Arlequin Cafe. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Oatmeal cream pie cookie at Arlequin Cafe.

Arlequin Cafe, the sister spot to neighboring Absinthe Brasserie and Bar, boasts a lovely outdoor seating area and a solid assortment of cookies, including luscious takes on snickerdoodles, pecan chocolate chip, and sour cherry chocolate varieties. The oatmeal cream pie sandwich cookie was created with snack queen Lil Debbie in mind, but that's where the similarity ends.

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- Tout Sweet's Mudslide Relieves a Chocolate Emergency

- Arizmendi Bakery's Secret Weapon: Auntie Mabel's Kookie Brittle

- Devil's Teeth Baking Company's Small but Sinful Alfajores Remix

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Tartine Bakery Puts Rye in a Chocolate Cookie

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Chocolate salted rye cookie at Tartine Bakery. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Chocolate salted rye cookie at Tartine Bakery.

With a cookbook called Deceptively Delicious, Jessica Seinfeld (wife of Jerry) helped to popularize a certain form of cooking where vegetables and other healthy ingredients are slipped into recipes for desserts and other kid-pleasing fare. Tartine Bakery has its own sort of answer to this culinary style by serving chocolate salted rye cookies.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Tout Sweet's Mudslide Relieves a Chocolate Emergency

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Mudslide by Tout Sweet. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Mudslide by Tout Sweet.

Tout Sweet opened on September 8 on the third floor of Macy's in Union Square, the brainchild of Top Chef Just Desserts Season 1 winner Yigit Pura and his longtime employers at Taste Catering.

Cook E. Monster knew she was on to something when the woman at the counter squealed in solidarity after selecting a couple of mudslide cookies. "These are great!" she said, little diamonds in her incisors sparkling.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The Pastry Cupboard's Oatmeal Medley Has a Way With Fruit

Posted By on Mon, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Oatmeal Medley cookie at the Pastry Cupboard. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Oatmeal Medley cookie at the Pastry Cupboard.

The Pastry Cupboard is celebrating one year as a retail shop. The shop is the brainchild of Chona Piumarta, who formerly worked as a pastry chef at the Slanted Door and LarkCreekSteak restaurants, and serves light breakfast and lunch fare alongside baked goods such as pies, cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Cookie Butter: Trader Joe's Hatches Evil Plot to Cause Addiction

Posted By on Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

You have been warned. - TRADER JOE'S
  • Trader Joe's
  • You have been warned.

Never has the Cook E. Monster experienced such a loss of self-control as when confronted with a fresh jar of Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. The only responsible thing to do is to pass the information. This is in hopes that we will not be the only lonely addict who instinctively knows that this spread, made from crushed Belgian biscuits, will be terrific on top of lots of things yet we'll never know this firsthand because it won't make it past the spoon.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ginger Snaps Super Cookies are Sprouted, Sugar Free, and Addictive

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Freeland Foods' Ginger Snaps Super Cookies. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Freeland Foods' Ginger Snaps Super Cookies.

Mountain View's Freeland Foods offers a number of quality raw and gluten-free snack items, including bars, chips, and chocolate, but one product is particularly addictive.

If you told Cook E. Monster that you had a cookie that was sugar-free and made with sprouted items that is difficult to stop eating, you would have received a huge side eye; health cookies aren't sexy. But Freeland's Ginger Snaps Super Cookies magically manage to deliver. They're made of coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, dates, and organic ginger powder -- that's it.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

E&O Asian Kitchen Serves an Irresistible Cookie Bucket

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Ginger cookies at E&O Asian Kitchen. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Ginger cookies at E&O Asian Kitchen.

Sometimes, a truly great cookie can be elevated further by truly great presentation. The dessert menu at E&O Asian Kitchen humbly lists one dessert as "warm ginger cookies," but what you won't discover until it lands on the table is that the cookies are served in a silver bucket.

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