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

Costello’s Travel Caffé
2222 NE Broadway – Portland
$1.75

I’m on the fence about this cookie.

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Almond Biscotti at Roman Candle Baking Co. 0

Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division St. – Portland
$1

This is the second time I’m talking to you about biscotti. (The first was just last month.)

Note: I should actually say from Roman Candle, not at. I found these biscotti  at Case Study Coffee on NE Sandy  — along with a solid lineup of other RC pastries. I’ve never actually seen it at Roman Candle because their pastry case was close to empty 9 out of the approximately 10 times I’ve been there -despite the fact that it was nowhere near closing time on any of those visits. (This is one of my beefs with RC – but I won’t get into that now.)

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Amaretto Cookie at Bluebird Bakers 0

Bluebird Bakers
2390 NW Thurman – Portland
$2

Man, have I been on some kind of an almond jag lately. I made marzipan for the first time a couple of weeks ago (so much easier than I realized). I also bought a Bakeshop almond croissant at Extracto Coffeehouse last week, and anyone who knows me knows that this is far off of my beaten pastry path. Not sure what’s happening in my head and mouth, but something in there is telling me it needs to eat almond paste.

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Oatmeal Pecan at little t baker 0

little t baker
2600 SE Division – Portland
$1.75

Seems like Little T likes to switch up their oatmeal cookie from time to time. I have no complaints with this; there are so many ways to enjoy an oatmeal cookie. Why settle on just one?

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Almond Currant Biscotti at Whole Foods (sugar free*) 0

Whole Foods Market
NE 15th/Fremont – Portland
$1.69


 This is the first time I’m talking to you about biscotti.

It is not because I hate biscotti. It is because I don’t see them; biscotti are like wallpaper to me.

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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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Toasted Pecan Shortbread at Roman Candle 0

Roman Candle Baking Co.
3377 SE Division – Portland
$1

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.

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Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate at Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry 0

Woodlawn Coffee and Pastry
808 NE Dekum – Portland
$2

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)
$2

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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