cookie confidential

For a post lunch treat, I stopped by Cookie Confidential to pick up a dozen cookies. I heard about this place initially when word got out that they serve cheesesteak cookies. Yup, you read that correctly. Since I visited pre-Easter though, no meat containing cookies were ordered.

I don’t remember exactly which ones I got, but here are the ones I remember getting: mango sriracha, chocolate chip pecan, chipotle chocolate chip, pumpkin, peppermint sugar, ginger snap,
and oatmeal. The most interesting one I thought was the mango sriracha. The sriracha flavor was very distinguishable and I’m not gunna lie…I just wasn’t that into it, but I still kept taking bites because it was a different flavor. My favorite was the chocolate chip pecan. That was awesome. I also got an almond flavored cookie (top left in the photo below) that was another favorite of the bunch. All the cookies sans the mango sriracha were soft and chewy.

They serve the cheesesteak cookie as well as several others with bacon in it. I enjoy bacon chocolate, so I’m willing to give bacon cookies a try. I will definitely be back to try the others!

Cookie Confidential
517 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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momofuku milk bar

Located next to David Chang’s Má Pechê, is Chang’s Momofuku Milk Bar. Milk Bar is a bakery serving all sorts of things from cookies to frozen yogurt. When I visited, I was like a kid in a candy store…with a budget of course. There were so many other things I wanted to try.

First was the Anderson Cooper endorsed crack pie. It was smooth and rich with a lot of butterscotchy flavor. The crust was tasty too. Not sure if it’s worth the hype though.

Some NYC friends started to mention these birthday cake truffles in tweets and I immediately added that to my list. These were extremely indulgent. Very sweet but it definitely tasted like birthday cake. There were three truffles to a pack and luckily I shared em with two other friends because there’s no way you can stomach more than one.

I then tried the corn cookie. The corn cookie had flavors very reminiscent of Mexican cornbread/corn cake. I mean that in a good way. It was pleasant tasting and not overly sweet.

The cornflake cookie is probably my favorite one. Some of the ingredients are cornflakes, marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Delicious. It may be a touch sweet, but not as sweet as the forementioned truffles. The texture was interesting too, it had some crunchiness from the added cornflakes.

The blueberry & cream cookie was great too. There was almost a blueberry in every bite and it had a somewhat “creamy” feel due to the added milk powder.

If you’re a peanut or peanut butter fan, you’ll totally love Milk Bar’s peanut butter cookie. It’s got peanut butter and pieces of peanut brittle in it! Really enjoyed this one, it was simple and delicious.

The compost cookie is interesting. Some of the ingredients are graham crumbs, potato chips, pretzels, chocolate chips, butterscotch, oats, and coffee grounds. The taste is sweet and salty and has a chewy and crunchy texture.

For you Philly folks that can’t make the trip up, Green Aisle on East Passyunk Avenue gets about two shipments every week. Just call em ahead of time and they can reserve some for you!

Momofuku Milk Bar (another location in the East Village)
15 W 56th Street
New York, NY 10019

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cooking: whole wheat halloween candy cookies

Unfortunately or fortunately, I didn’t get to consume any Halloween candy this year. Since childhood, my tastebuds have “grown up” and I just can’t enjoy most of the Halloween candy that’s out there (shame me if you must). I do, however, still enjoy Snickers and Twix.

Last week I came across Lisa’s, aka Jersey Girl Cooks, post about Halloween candy cookies, then felt a sudden urge to try making them with a few modifications, such as using Snickers and Twix.

Whole Wheat Halloween Candy Cookies
adapted from/inspired by Jersey Girl Cooks
yields about 3 dozen, 2″ diameter cookies

-2 1/4 c whole wheat flour
-1 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 stick unsalted butter, softened
-3/4 c sugar
-3/4 c light brown sugar
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 eggs
-2 c twix and snickers, chopped (about 6 fun size bars each)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment.

In large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined.

In stand mixer, cream the butter, sugars, and vanilla until well mixed. Add the eggs. Once well mixed, slowly add the flour mixture until well combined. Lastly, add the chopped candy until incorporated.

Spoon out dough onto sheets in desired cookie size. Bake for about 13 minutes, until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies from sheet to cooling rack. Consume then or once they have cooled.

They were good, though overhyped because in my head I figured they were going to be this almighty cookie since I was using my favorite Halloween candy. Twix and Snickers are probably best enjoyed as is…not in a cookie. Though, another alternative is having a larger variety of Halloween candy in the mix, it would probably turn out better that way.

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cooking: chocolate chip pumpkin cookies

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies
adapted from gimme some oven!
yields about 25-30 cookies

-2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
-1 tsp baking powder
-1 tsp baking soda
-3 tsp pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 stick butter, softened
-1 c white sugar
-1 c light brown sugar
-1 1/4 c can pumpkin puree
-1 egg
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-2 c 60% bittersweet chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350°F. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until well combined.

Using stand mixer, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar on low. Next add the pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients. Add the chocolate chips and turn off mixer once chips have been well incorporated.

Scoop desired dough onto parchment lined baking sheet. Place in oven for 13-18 minutes, until slightly browned and just set (or desired doneness). Place baked cookies onto cooling rack for at least 8 minutes.


In the photo above, the chocolate chips were placed on top of the dough prior to baking since I completely forgot to mix them in.

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street sweets

Ever since Amy of Amy Blogs Chow posted about the Street Sweets hazelnut gelato sandwich, it has been a goal to try it. Unfortunately it took a lot longer than I had hoped.

A few weeks ago I finally got to try it! Me and my partner in crime both got hazelnut gelato sandwiches. I got it between chocolate chip cookies (pictured above). She got her gelato between coconut cookies.

It was sooo good. Though I took a bite of the coconut sandwiched one and I think I liked that more! Well, actually, I think I would have liked the choco chip one if the cookie itself was softer (Note to self: get there earlier when the cookies are JUST baked).

Like many food trucks, their location changes daily. Check their twitter for their current location.

Oh, and their gelato sandwiches aren’t on the menu…so you’re gunna just have to ask for em!

Street Sweets
New York City

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