Toasted Coconut Cookie at Double Dragon 2

Double Dragon Bar & Restaurant
1235 Division St. – Portland
$1.50

The first thing to know: this is not a macaroon.

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Coconut Macaroon at Miss Zumstein 0

Miss Zumstein Bakery & Coffee Shop
5027 NE 42nd Ave – Portland
$1.25

A classic coconut macaroon. No flour – only coconut, egg whites, sugar…vanilla?

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ANZAC Biscuits and Cowboy Cookies at Pacific Pie Co. 0

Pacific Pie Co.
1520 SE 7th Ave – Portland
.75¢ and $1.50

Hi cookie eaters. This is a two-fer post. I’ve never had two different cookies share the limelight of a single post, but I’m doing it now because these are, in fact, very nearly the same cookie. The only thing separating the ANZAC biscuit from the cowboy cookie sitting in a neighboring jar at Pacific Pie Company is the addition of chocolate chips.

First things first. You’re either hip to the ANZAC biscuit or…you are not. If you are not, here’s the main thing to know. Read more »

California Cookie at Crema 1

Crema Bakery
2728 SE Ankeny – Portland
$1.25

I’d had this cookie 2-3 times in the past and for some reason  remembered it being oatmeal based. I guess because of the dried fruit; where there is dried fruit (raisins, cherries, apricots, currants), there are usually oats.

But when I tasted it again last week, I realized that it is, in fact, oat-less. Which (even though I’m oatmeal cookie’s #1 fan) is perfectly fine – especially since it is packed with plenty of other texture-giving goodness: shredded coconut, pecans, raisins (dark and golden) and chocolate chips. Not to mention the fact that it is

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Chocolate Macaroon at Alma 4

Alma Chocolate
140 NE 28th Ave – Portland
$1

Alma Chocolate, a tiny shop in Northeast Portland, is known mainly for their signature (edible) gold leaf-painted molded chocolate iconsbon bons, barks, toffees and cocoa-dusted candied nuts.  The array of unexpected confections, all  made from one deep, dark single-origin chocolate or another, is stunning. But what I want to tell you about is the shop’s  more off-the-radar (at least to me) bakery items.

I seem to forget about Alma as a bakery, per se, but the fact is that they are kickin’ out some of Portland’s better cookies, brownies and cake.  And this, natch, is what I want to tell you about – a cookie.

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Caramel Coconut Macaron at Honore 0

Honore Artisan Bakery
1413 NW 70th St. – Seattle
$2

Yes, that’s right – there is coconut happening here.  But as you can see by the photo, this cookie, to be sure, is a macaron – not a macaroon.

That is to say, it is not in any way a coconut macaroon a la Red Fox Bakery, as recently reported.  Rather, it is a Parisian macaron, using shredded coconut in place of the typical ground almond. I realize the word “coconut” in the title may be misleading.  So…don’t be misled. It’s not a macaroon.  It’s a macaron.  Are we clear?

No?  Well, I’m going to spare you a  lengthy definition of macaroons and macarons because I figure if you already know, then I’ll be boring your pants off, and if you don’t already know, then you can look here. Read more »

Big Macaroon at Red Fox Bakery 1

Red Fox Bakery
328 NE Evans St, McMinnville, OR
$1.75

My nephew, Ben (age eight) and I took a little day trip to McMinnville last week  to visit the Evergreen Air and Space Museum (home of the famous Spruce Goose).  After the hour-long drive, we wanted bit of  lunch before embarking on our (much more compelling than I had been expecting) tour.  Even though the museum proved to be very worthwhile,  I was, frankly, more excited about revisiting Red Fox Bakery* than I was at the prospect of seeing vintage airplanes.

(*Not to be confused with Redd Foxx.  Sadly, Fred Sanford is not the proprieter of this business.) Read more »

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