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.







Lemon Semolina Cookie at Tabor Bread 0

Tabor Bread
5051 SE Hawthorne Blvd – Portland


This one was a crapshoot. I honestly could not tell by looking at it whether it was going to be a delightful cloud of lemon, toothsome chewiness – or a tragically dry, biscuit-y disappointment.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie at Grand Central Baking 2

Grand Central Baking
Portland & Seattle – various locations


There are two  Grand Central Cookies that I’ve loved for ages: Triple Chocolate and Oatmeal Raisin. I return to them again and again. And again. These are staples in my Portland cookie circuit; they are consistent, solid, always pleasing.

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Chai Spiced Snickerdoodle at Little T Baker 0

Little T Baker
2600 SE Division St. – Portland

I stopped by Little T today for the first time in a few months – only because I don’t get over to this neighborhood (during cookie hours) so often – not because I don’t think it’s a fine, fine bakery. (It is.)

I saw this cookie in the case, unlabeled. The lady described it to me as a snickerdoodle with Read more »

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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Toasted Coconut Cookie at Double Dragon 2

Double Dragon Bar & Restaurant
1235 Division St. – Portland

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

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 »

Almond Biscotti at Roman Candle Baking Co. 0

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

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

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

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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