The Great Escape: Feeding the Cookie Monster Within
A mini vacation for your mouth.
Each week, we’ll tell you about one great idea to give you a much deserved break.
Sometimes, you just don't have the time or energy to get to the nail salon or do anything really except collapse after putting the kids to bed. The only thing you want to do is watch cute kitten videos on YouTube until you fall asleep. During these exhausted times, do you ever find yourself thinking, "All I want right now is a cookie?"
What type of cookie do you reach for? There are so many types, after all. An old roommate of mine used to make the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. They had sea salt and huge chocolate chips and were literally the size of your face. (See picture. In my defense, this was during Snowmageddon 2010 so I was in the depths of cabin fever.)
Some of my favorite cookies are really holiday treats, particularly German Chocolate Crinkle Cookies like my mother makes. I also adore the time-consuming but adorable Citrus Pinwheels and the classic Snickerdoodles. My sister actually handed out holiday cookies as favors at her December wedding; they were very well received. I myself have baked these cookies many times as gifts for friends or fodder for charity bake sales; they're always popular.
Sometimes though, you just don't feel like baking. When it comes to ready-made cookies I can in Burke, I generally turn to my local friendly Giant. I recently kicked the Keebler Elves "El Fudge" cookie habit. It was getting really bad there for a while. I'm now a big fan of the Black and White cookies from the bakery (which is really fantastic by the way). It's like a giant spongelike cookie with this amazing fondant on top, iced half with dark chocolate and half with vanilla. They're a pretty common cookie in New York but not really elsewhere; I tried them at Giant one day and got hooked. You may have heard of it through a famous little segment on Seinfeld where Jerry waxes philosophic on how the cookie can be seen as a metaphor for racial harmony. It's really quite funny.
Where do you go to buy your cookie fix? I've heard great things about The Swiss Bakery but haven't personally tried anything there yet.