Chocolate Chip at Stella Taco 0

Stella Taco
2940 NE Alberta – Portland

Q:  Why is it that a taco joint is completely NAILING chocolate chip cookies?

Stella makes exactly one* baked good and they make the $*!% out of it.

Somebody in that kitchen, clearly, is a cookie scholar – and  is managing to get these gems under a glass dome at the cash register on a regular basis. (I’ve seen them every time I’ve been there, with maybe one exception when they’d sold out.)

I’ve said before that I much prefer traditional chocolate chips rather than big chunks in my ccc, but because the rest of the this nugget is so exceptional, I am willing to overlook that in this case.


The Lowdown:

• Underbaked (Aka: baked exactly the right amount of time.) I think this comes across in the photo above. The dense moisture of the cookie virtually leaps off the screen – am I right?)

• Slight toffee-like flavor, a result of an “aged” dough. I’m guessing the dough is rested in the refrigerator for a couple of days before baking - not a secret technique at this point in time, yet so few profesh bakers take this extra step. My plea to both amateur and pros: DO IT! It is so goddamned worthwhile. I promise you.

• Perfect size. Shouldn’t be smaller (for $2) and doesn’t need to be any bigger.

• Good quality dark/semi-sweet chocolate

• No nuts

• Bonus points for offering a great cookie in an unexpected venue for great cookies. I extra love it when this happens.

Note: I’m refraining from making my frequent “not enough salt” complaint because while it is true that this cookie could def use some, here’s the thing: you’re AT a taqueria, guys. They have so much salt there. Regular salt, limey salt, and, I’m presuming, margarita salt. So if you’re like me you can rectify the dearth of salt with a shake or two, right on the premises. No big deal. 

* I’m pretty sure. As far as I’ve seen, anyway.







Triple Chocolate Chip at Serious Business Pastries* 0

*purchased at café next door to bakery:
Café Eleven
435 NE Rosa Parks Way – Portland

It is no secret that I’m a fan of a double dark chocolate/triple chocolate/chocolate whopper/ooey gooey chocolate cookie. It has a variety of handles, this dark brown beauty, but it mainly boils down to this:

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Cereal Killer at Treat Vancouver 0

Treat Bakery
210 W Evergreen Blvd – Vancouver, WASHINGTON

Cereal Killer. I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t get the pun at first. I was, in fact, wondering why they were calling it “cereal killer cookie” instead of “killer cereal cookie.”
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Ooey Gooey Double Chocolate at Milk 0

7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA


I’ve been very fond of the cookies at Milk since my first visit – in 2008 – and I return every time I’m in Los Angeles. (I like L.A.)  Four years ago I proclaimed Milk’s iced spice molasses cookie my favorite molasses cookie ever. 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie at The Slanted Door 0

The Slanted Door cookie kiosk
Ferry Building Marketplace- San Francisco

Note: I found this cookie NOT in the actual Slanted Door restaurant, but instead just outside of it, amongst the kiosks in the main hallway of the Ferry Building Marketplace. I’m not sure whether this a regular Slanted Door cookie stand or if it exists only occasionally. Looks like I assed-out with the information-gathering on this one. Sorry guys. 

I was with my mom on a short visit to S.F. last week and by the time I found this nugget last Saturday, we’d walked probably 5 miles and tasted about 4 other cookies in the Ferry Building/farmers’ – all of them before noon. The day before that, we’d tasted about 3 others in the city. This was the most remarkable of the bunch.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie with Brown Butter and Salt at Costello’s Travel Caffe 0

Costello’s Travel Caffé
2222 NE Broadway – Portland

I’m on the fence about this cookie.

On one hand, I’m mad at it for being neither brown buttery or salty in any profound way. Read more »

Mud Bay Cookie @ The Bread Peddler 0

The Bread Peddler
222 N. Capitol Way – Olympia

In another uncharacteristic move on my part, I’m throwin some more p-butter your way. That’s 2 in a row, cookie monsters!

Clearly, this one has more than just peanut butter going on.

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Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate at Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry 0

Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry
808 NE Dekum – Portland

In an effort to make up for  Carpe Cookie’s  under representation of peanut butter, I took one for the team today.

And I am happy to tell you that it did not taste like sacrifice.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip at Laughing Planet 0

Laughing Planet Café
7 locations in Portland (and a couple in Eugene and Corvallis)

I’m sorry to say that I’ve overlooked this cookie for a long time. Truthfully, the only reason I ever even go to Laughing Planet is to grab the Hempseed Carob Hazelnut, probably the most unlikely cookie on my list of favorites. I’ve told you about this one. I’ve mentioned that there is no logical reason for me to love this cookie; it has hemp, it has carob,it has hazelnuts (not my favorite nut). Oh yeah, and it’s a little bit over-baked. I can’t explain or justify its credibility, all I know is that it is oddly compelling.

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Chocolate Chip at Miss Zumstein 0

Miss Zumstein Bakery & Coffee Shop
5027 NE 42nd Ave – Portland

The most back-to-basic ccc I’ve found at a quality bakery since…maybe ever.

No irregular, misshapen chunks of chocolate dominating the cookie -only  good, semisweet chocolate chip-shaped chips. Read more »

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