As a cookie blogger and bakery operator, I have to know what everyone else is doing with cookies. After all, when the next big new cookie concept comes along, I wouldn’t want to be left behind!
Just like I’m finally forcing myself to learn social media even though it’s a hard job. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. I’m way behind here and most people enjoy social media. I gotcha.
Anyway none of us want to drop behind, especially in our primary field. So I’ve taken on the dirty job of checking out cookies at other bakeries. It’s a hardship and breaks my heart to have to taste cookies, you know? (Hee, hee!)
Because you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog if you also didn’t love cookies, I’m going to start sharing my cookie sampling stories with you. Forgive me though, but I’m NOT going to tell you about other cookie bakers in the Carson City/Reno area. I may be curious but I’m not stupid! If you want to try the best cookies in the area, call me!
That still leaves lots of cookies and bakeries not in competition with Dancing Bee Baking, and what an adventure to explore them. Especially when I get to taste!
This weekend I went to two different places for cookies. Both have several sites (from 4-6) so they’re small local chains. Both make cookies and other things. Both have good web presences.
I stumbled on my second cookie-venture accidentally when my husband took me out for lunch!
You’ve probably noticed here on the blog that I do have some cookie-biases. I am not an equal opportunity cookier! I much prefer homemade, fresh, luscious cookies to other kinds. (Except when I’m in a store bought mood and just want junk, of course.)
So at the Corner Bakery I didn’t try the large (3” or so) flat chocolate chip/M&M type cookies that look the same as you can get at any grocery store or fast food joint in the area. But that still left several sweet items to try. Not that I wanted to eat cookies, because who wants to eat cookies? I’m a total professional and absolutely only eat cookies when there’s a business reason (not!).
In addition, there is no funding or fee arrangement with the bakery behind these statements. These are simply the opinion of a cookie lover, oops, I mean professional.
Here’s a summary of my tasting experience:
- The cookies were good enough for my husband to finish off everything I sampled. Skinny butt, he’s supposed to refuse any cookies that the I didn’t make!
- The cookies were good, darn it. I would prefer to tell you they’re no good. Wrong, they were good.
- Here’s some detail:
- Rugelach: Both of these looked and tasted like they were made with pie dough instead of the more traditional (American) cream cheese dough. They both had large grains of sugar on and quite a bit of cinnamon on the tops. They were also rolled in pinwheel form rather than crescent form. They were well browned and flaky. Although I prefer the cream cheese dough, these tasted good and had the oh so familiar and beloved (to me) nutty, cinnamon filling. A-
- Pecan Bar: Rich short bread type of crust with a luscious pecan topping made this cookie bar a winner. Tasty. My only issue with it was that it’s so very rich that after just a couple bites, I had to give it to my husband. But those couple of bites were winners! A+
- Fudge Brownie: Though it was sort of dry-looking in the bakery cabinet (and in my hand) it was tasty with all the promised chocolate flavor. I wouldn’t ever say “no” to this cookie, but it wasn’t especially unique. A solid effort, though. A-
Have a great cookie journey,
Diana and the Bees.