Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division – Portland
There were three different flavors of shortbread cookies sitting in the case when I went in to pick up a loaf of my favorite bread the other day (actually, a quarter of a loaf of my favorite bread. Yeah, they sell quarter loaves – it’s a massive and dense loaf to begin with). Big points for RC for that.
I’m not typically shortbread-leaning, but these were all compelling. Polenta pisatchio (I might be making up the pistachio part), and…oh damn. I’ve already forgotten the other one, but it looked good, too.
When I finally settled on the toasted pecan, the very patient (and cute) young man at the counter smiled and told me it was his favorite. And though I haven’t tasted the others, he knows what he’s talking about. This is a really good shortbread cookie.
Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry
808 NE Dekum – Portland
And I am happy to tell you that it did not taste like sacrifice.
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.
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland
I love buckwheat.
And I love that Tabor Bread embraces the many, many flours other than (but also including) wheat that exist in the world and uses them – to great effect – on classics like oatmeal raisin, shortbread, etc. Not to mention a compelling array of beautiful yeasted breads.
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.
Bushel & Peck Bakeshop
3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Portland
Q: Why have I never written about a snickerdoodle in my 3 whole years of cookie bloggin?
A: Because virtually every snickerdoodle that has ever been inside my mouth tastes like a whole lotta nuthin.
Q: Why am I writing about one NOW?
A: Because the simple addition of cardamom, a tiny bit of salt (even a little more wouldn’t hurt, frankly), added to the baker’s willingness to underbake it so that it remains soft and buttery and not dry and biscuit-y, makes this snickerdoodle worth talking about. And, more to the point, worth being inside my mouth.
521 NE 24th Avenue- Portland
Yes, this is a place for pies. Little bitty personal-sized pies. An impressively prolific variety, I might add.
Which is cool. But more compelling than the pies, if you ask me, are the cookies. (Because, uh…this ain’t no pie blog.) I’ve been here twice (two days in a row because I was working around the corner in a studio a couple of weeks ago) and each day they were making both regular chocolate chip and these here Momofuku cornflake cookies.
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