Saturday, February 13, 2010

CookieBar NYC (in which I meet Dorie Greenspan!!!)

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Okay, I know I said I was going to start posting about my trip but oh my gosh I got to meet Dorie Greenspan!!! Regular readers know of my love for her books so imagine how excited I was when I found out she was going to be running a pop-up cookie shop near my office!!!! (Very excited, obviously!) So, my brother and I made our way over to the Cookie Bar on Tuesday, right around 1:30, and imagine to our dismay, they were sold out for the day! Gah! However, we did have a few minutes to chat with Dorie and The Kid (as she refers to him on her blog) and they were both extremely nice. The next day, bro and I braved the blizzard and got to the Cookie Bar basically right at 11:00 and SCORE, COOKIES.

Because I am a nerd, and this is my equivalent of meeting a movie star, I had brought my camera along, thinking I would just ask if I could have a photo, which they were more than happy to do, but I FORGOT MY MEMORY CARD. ARGH! But do you know how nice they are? So nice that Josh offered up the use of his iPhone for the photo, which I received by email later that day. Gosh. Totally made my day! (And please ignore the fact that I look like crap--it was snowing out!) Anyway, enough gabbling, I know you want to see the cookies:

Cookies!

The teaser shot! My box of "one of everything" (plus an extra chocolate chip that Dorie threw in for coming back).

My haul

And here they all are! You know I took these home so I could take photos of them before I ate them, right? (Actually I haven't finished them--I'm eating them like a quarter of a cookie at a time, lest I defeat my gym-going.) I recognized a couple of these as cookies I've made from Baking (espresso-chocolate shortbread, molasses spice, and sable), but I was really keen to try the World Peace Cookies, more so because they (and all the chocolate ones) were made with Valrhona chocolate. Swank!

World Peace Cookies

And here it is--this is for serious chocolate lovers. It is super rich. Maybe a little too rich for me, actually, and I found myself preferring..

Chocolate Chunkers

the Chocolate Chunkers! Again, very rich and chocolatey, but here cherries and salted cashews provide some contrast. Yum.

Coconut-Lime

These are my second favorite cookies--I love the combination of coconut and lime, which is very refreshing. No small feat for something that most likely contains an ungodly amount of butter!

Our Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I am not generally a big fan of chocolate chip cookies (can't remember the last time I made them, actually) so I was surprised that these turned out to be my favorite of the bunch! Maybe it's the hand chopped Valrhona chocolate. Whatever it is, there's a slight salty edge to the dough that's just delicious. I'm glad I got an extra of these.

Sugar-Topped Molasses Spice Cookie

Don't you love the way molasses cookies look? I love the crackliness. I love the chewiness but can't help wishing there was some ginger in here. I do love me some chewy ginger cookies.

Sablés

Sables! So intensely buttery. Barely sweet. Mmmmm. No more words left to describe.

Peanut Butter Crisscrosses

Good old peanut butter cookies! I haven't eaten these in ages either, and I like the fact that there are actual chopped peanuts in these. Crunchy!

Espresso-Chocolate Shortbreads

And last, but definitely not least, espresso-chocolate shortbread! I actually made these for my Christmas cookie boxes, and mine were rolled out thinner so that they baked up darker and crunchier. I also put a lot more espresso in mine because I love coffee.

So, isn't it totally an honor to eat cookies made by my very favorite cookbook author? I am still excited, even more so because they hinted that perhaps a permanent cookie store might be in the works. How great would that be??

5 comments:

fulltimefoodie said...

You are so lucky and I am so jealous.

Memória said...

I agree; you are lucky!! These cookies look amazing.

tofugirl said...

Hi fulltimefoodie and Memoria--I know! I was so nervous and giddy, but they were so nice. And the cookies are, of course, delicious :)

bentobird said...

What a great post--the photos make these cookies look like edible art! The deep violet background is just gorgeous...

tofugirl said...

Thanks bentobird!! They taste just as good as they look--and I love the purple too, that's the tissue the cookies came wrapped in. I hope they do this again soon!