Ninth Street Espresso
341 E 10th St
(between Avenue B & Avenue A)
New York, NY 10009
This cookie is an explosion of textures and flavors; not the NYC scary bomb kind of explosion, but rather, a wondrous explosion of complementary flavors (remember how Ratatouille – the cooking rat – escaped into an explosive abyss of deliciousness when he combined tasty ingredients? Nevermind.)
THIS COOKIE IS AMAZING. It is technically a shortbread (aka. buttery heaven) but unlike typical shortbreads, it is very chewy. Each bite of this chewy buttery treat is also interrupted by the crunchiness of tiny pieces of almond. The center is filled with a sweet raspberry jam that has become divinely gooey from the baking process. The Jane Street Jam is really an interpretation of the classic Pepperidge Farm Verona cookie. I always love a good remix.
Ninth Street Espresso actually doesn’t make these cookies on site. They get their cookies from Downtown Baking Co. Check out more of Downtown Baking Co.’s delicious cookies here. The oatmeal chocolate chip one looks amazing…
223 1st Ave
(between 13th St & 14th St)
New York, NY 10003
This is the best oatmeal raisin cookie I have ever had. I discovered this gem of a bakery right on 14th and 1st ave. The bakery happens to be the little sister to City Bakery, a bakery known for its pretzel croissants and chocolate chip cookies. You should definitely try the pretzel croissant if you haven’t already. The little cubes of salt stuck to the croissant give ever other bite just a little something extra. Though the last time I had a City bakery cookie, I could still taste the baking soda… Not a good thing. Continue reading Birdbath Bakery: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
What to do when a hurricane “rips through” town? Bake cookies. I had a serious lack of ingredients (see previous post) so had to find something I could bake that did not require eggs or butter. I kept trying to look for a vegan strawberry bread recipe but could not find any that did not require applesauce (something I obviously didn’t have). It took me a good fifteen minutes for me to remember I had peanut butter. How could I forget? Peanut butter is the ultimate emergency food. It does not require a refrigerator, is jam packed with nutrients and calories, and is amazingly delicious.
I ended up baking these chewy cookies (based off of 101cookbooks.com) with brown sugar, olive oil, sea salt, and natural super crunchy peanut butter (the recipe had asked for maple syrup but, again, I did not have any). I added a bit of water to the original recipe hoping to make a more moist cookie (not a fan of crispy/crumbly shortbread types). I think they came out pretty well. Crisp on the outside, very soft on the inside, slight sea salt aftertaste, a good number of diced peanuts to add a bit of crunch, and very peanut buttery. I even did the little fork mark thing people always do. Not sure why it’s needed but I felt like I needed to for my first batch of peanut butter cookies.
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003
The Composite Cookie consists of chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Graham crumbs, pretzels, potato chips, oats, milk powder, and coffee grounds. Being a sweet n’ salty fan, I had to try this strangely delicious sounding concoction. It was not as good as I thought it would be.. But it was definitely good. It is a happy medium of chewy and crumbly. It oddly retains a very pure salty taste and sweet taste. Unlike chocolate pretzels, for example, where opposing flavors find common ground and meld together, this cookie gives you bursts of sweet and then of salty. Very strange. My brow was definitely furrowed during every bite. Continue reading Momofuku Milk Bar: Composite Cookie and Cereal Milkshake