Tracktown Cookie at Red Wagon Creamery 0

Red Wagon Creamery
55 West Broadway – Eugene, OR

It has been a long time since I ate a cookie good enough to talk about.

But I finally did. Last week. In my hometown. Not at a bakery, even. But at an ice cream joint called Red Wagon Creamery. They make very good ice cream*, but whoever they’ve got in charge of the cookies is no dummy, either.

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Oatmeal Raisin Apricot at Craftsman & Wolves 0

Craftsman & Wolves
746 Valencia St. – San Francisco

I ate this a few weeks ago – during a (way too) quick trip to S.F. at the end of last month.  And no, I don’t know what in the hell “Craftsman & Wolves” means.

Wait…I bet their website’s “about” page  will clue me in. Okay, yeah. It does (sorta). Something about hard work in the name of pursuing your craft. I don’t feel like reiterating it so just check it out yourself if you care.

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Oatmeal Raisin at Spielman Coffee Roasters 0

Spielman Coffee Roasters
2128 SE Division St – Portland

Spielman Coffee Roaster’s main gig, unsurprisingly, is coffee beans. But in the past year or so since they opened, they’ve also earned a reputation for baking some of the best bagels in town (Montreal style) -  with lines regularly spilling out of their tiny Division Street shop. And even though I’m not a bagel chaser in general, it’s nice to know it is possible to get our hands on something more chewy, earthy, delicious and

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Oatmeal Raisin at little t american baker 0

little t american baker
2600 SE Division – Portland

I’m not sure why I never had the oatmeal raisin (possibly my favorite kind of cookie, ever) at Little T until now. I’ve been to this bakery dozens of times in the 4 years it has been around. I’m thinking maybe it’s  because they haven’t always had it – or because it usually contains walnuts (not a fan).  Or…wait a minute.

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Oatmeal Raisin at Bob’s Red Mill 0

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR

I’m not going to tell you to go out of your way for this one. But I will tell you to go out of your way for Bob’s Red Mill buckwheat, rye, coconut and malted barley flours, toasted pumpernickel kernels, 8 grain cereal, teff, sesame seeds, organic oats and about 300 (at least) other BRM flours, grains, pastas,spices, seeds and snacks sold at discounted, bulk prices. Because it’s a great deal when you’re restocking your baking supply larder (I always come away with at least 3 items I’ve never seen or heard of [green pea flour? Who knew?])-  and a pretty fun and easy field trip from Portland.

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Oatmeal Raisin at Grand Central Bakery 0

Grand Central Bakery
Various locations – Portland and Seattle

Quite awhile ago I told you about the oatmeal raisin at New Seasons Market, a cookie that is baked on site at the New Seasons bakery -  from dough made by Grand Central Bakery.

The oatmeal raisin at New Seasons, however, is not the same oatmeal raisin cookie that you will find at an actual Grand Central Bakery. They are both very respectable versions of the oatmeal raisin category (one of my all time favorites, in case this isn’t obvious by now), but the one that Grand Central makes for their own bakeries wins my vote for 1st place between the two. I guess it only makes sense that Grand Central would send out their star player under their own brand. Sort of like Gap vs. Old Navy?  Maybe not quite, but…something like that.

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Oatmeal Rasin at The Dessert Tray 0

The Dessert Tray
11950 SW Broadway St. – Beaverton

This is a very good oatmeal raisin cookie.  Nothing tricky, nothing fancy. No golden raisins, no cranberries, no cherries, no apricots. No hazelnuts, no pecans, no coconut. And mercifully, no shitty, waxy white chocolate chips.  Nothing but straight up oatmeal, dark raisins, and a subtle hit of cinnamon.

It is very thick, and fairly soft – not crispy. A little bit moist and gooey in the center.

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Oatmeal Raisin and Fig* at Macrina Bakery 1

Macrina Bakery
1943 First Avenue South – Seattle (plus 2 other Seattle locations)

At the beach this week – in lovely Manzanita, Oregon.  I am with my family, celebrating my mom’s 70th birthday.  Knowing that I’d be kicking around here for 5 days with nothing more on the agenda than reading, running on the beach, munching on forty seven different types of snacks that come in bags that I rarely normally eat, drinking too much white wine, and hanging out with my kinfolk, I figured I’d have some extra time to track down and then tell you about a great beach cookie.

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Oatmeal Currant at Market Gourmet 0

Market Gourmet
Portland Farmers’ Market (PSU – Saturdays and Wednesdays)

It’s an elusive cookie, to be sure.  That is to say, you can find it only at The Farmers’ Market at Portland State University -  on Saturdays and Wednesdays (and only during Farmers’ Market season, obviously).  So,  like many things that are truly worthwhile, you may need to stray a little bit out of your way in order to get this bad boy in your mouth. But… if you’re so inclined, do it. Read more »

Oatmeal Raisin at New Seasons Market 1

New Seasons Market
NE 33rd and Killingsworth – Portland

A few months ago, the New Seasons Market near my house (Concordia branch) replaced their house-made oatmeal raisin cookie with one that, while baked on-site, is actually made with dough supplied by Grand Central Bakery.  I am not complaining; while I had no problem with the old version of the o.r.c., I have great affection for almost all things Grand Central. Read more »

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