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Rick’s Chocolate Apricot Espresso at Macrina Bakery

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Chocolate Chip, Fruit | 2 comments

Macrina Bakery
Multiple locations – Seattle

This was certainly not my first visit to Macrina. But for some reason, it was the first time I decided to pick up one of these bad boys. In fact, I’m pretty sure that my brother – who lives in Seattle, is often my cookie cohort when I visit the city, and is coincidentally named Rick (no relation to the cookie) – once told me that this cookie was either strange or bad or not awesome. Or something like that.

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Oatmeal Raisin at Grand Central Bakery

Posted by on Dec 8, 2011 in Oatmeal | 0 comments

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 Raisin and Fig* at Macrina Bakery

Posted by on Jul 8, 2011 in Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, Snickerdoodle | 0 comments

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 Fig at Bakery Nouveau

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Oatmeal | 0 comments

Bakery Nouveau
4737 California Ave. SW – West Seattle

Holy shit, ANOTHER  fantastic oatmeal cookie!  They’re comin’ outta the woodwork lately – breaking new oatmeal ground.  And I am not complaining.

I recently declared that the oatmeal cranberry currant at Common Grounds may be the best one around,  but I spoke too soon. Not that I would EVER turn down the Common Grounds cookie (still a fantastic offering worth going out of your way for) – especially in light of the fact that the one I’m about to lay on you is a 3 hour drive from where I live.

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