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:
The teaser shot! My box of "one of everything" (plus an extra chocolate chip that Dorie threw in for coming back).
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!
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..
the Chocolate Chunkers! Again, very rich and chocolatey, but here cherries and salted cashews provide some contrast. Yum.
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!
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.
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.
Sables! So intensely buttery. Barely sweet. Mmmmm. No more words left to describe.
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!
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??