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The Dahlia Bakery is famous because it is run/created by Tom Douglas, who is famous, and because it has special triple coconut cream pie. The pie is the reason we went there, because it was listed on Serious Eats, which is a place that lets me know about good food. So we got a little pie bite, and a cookie, and some other pastry.

And you can see, both above and below, that it’s not the perfect cookie. Most glaring, I felt, was that it employed chocolate chunks, which ups the chocolateyness factor, of course. However, the cookie didn’t compensate, and the chunks were actually taller than the cookie. I feel that chunks are fine, but the height of the cookie should match the chunk height, or the balance of chocolate and cookie can get wonky. Chocolateyness is good, and important, but if I just want chocolate, I’ll get myself a bar. I want a cookie, with chocolate to match.

Dahlia Bakery
2001 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA

Cost: $2.50
Diameter: 4.5 inches
Height: ½ inch
Nuts: No

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Bigger is better? Chocolate chunks vs. Chocolate chips

To make a chocolate chunk cookie is risky. If the chunks are too big, they disrupt the structure of the cookie (lumpy, chunks sticking way out in all directions). If the chunks are too hard, finding them becomes a chore (a sweet, chocolatey chore, but a chore all the same). If the chunks are too sparsely applied, chocolateyness is too concentrated in some bites, and absent in others.

But when done right, chunks are far better than chips. This is due to the significantly greater level of chocolateyness per morsel (cpm). Alki did this well, and their cookie was outstanding.

Of course, I’d ridden eight miles, and with 43 more to go, it’s hard to find fault in a cookie break.

Alki Bakery
2738 Alki Avenue SW
Seattle, WA

Cost: $1.69
Diameter: Ovalish, 5 inches the long way
Height: ¾ inch
Nuts: No

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The Farm to Market Bakery is a special place.

It is out of the way. You cannot just drop by on the way somewhere.

It is not always open. You might be in the area one day, but they might be closed. Very sad.

If you don’t have the cash, the owner will let you get what you want anyway. “We get two or three checks in the mail every week.”

Because of such things, it is very important to go every chance one gets, whether rolling by on a San Juan bike tour, or en route to a night on the town without the Corbchops, or some any other reason.

Chocolate chip cookies are not their specialty. It’s hard to say what is. My favorite is the Corbchops’ head-sized cinnamon rolls and sticky buns. They didn’t have those this day, but we did manage to leave with a pecan bar, polenta roll, and black-bottom cupcake. And the cookie, of course. Some things left in a bag, some in our stomachs. Both were somewhat full.

The cookie was good. You can see that. It’s not the best, but it is worthwhile. You don’t go there for the cookie, though. But if you leave with a cookie, you won’t be sad. You might be full. But a cookie is a good thing to leave with.

Farm to Market Bakery
14003 Gilmore Avenue
Edison, WA

Cost: $1.50
Diameter: 5 inches
Height: ¾ inch
Nuts: No

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We’ve been here before. But last time I had some sort of shaved chocolate sugar cookie. It was fine, but not really a chocolate chip cookie.

Time to fill in the gaps. An actual chocolate chip cookie.

Right away I knew I had something different here. Some different flavor. I think it was citrus. Maybe orange. Probably lemon. Just a touch. I don’t know that it made the cookie a better cookie. But it didn’t make it worse. And with its excellent marks in all areas, and its bonus height…well…it didn’t last long.

Or maybe my memory is skewed since I had just finished skiing for 1.5 hours straight so The Corbchops wouldn’t wake up from his sleigh snooze. Cookies are better when you’re damn tired.

O’Grady’s Pantry
7375 Icicle Road
Leavenworth, WA

Cost: I don’t know! The Wife got it for me. She doesn’t know either!
Diameter: 5 inches
Height: 1 inch!
Nuts: No

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What, you think because you’ve got fancy macadamia nuts in your cookie you don’t have to put chocolate chips in? Then I have a suggestion for you. On that little card in front of the tray, write “Macadamia Nut Cookie with Chocolate Chips.”

Because that was an excellent macadamia nut cookie. Loved the chocolate chips sprinkled in here and there. Macadamia nuts have that excellent, buttery flavor. They are delicious. And while I’ll always go the CCC route if I can, a macadamia nut cookie wouldn’t be a bad alternative.

So congrats on a tasty cookie!

But that was not much of a chocolate chip cookie.

Kilauea Bakery
4200 Kanikele St
Kilauea, HI

Cost: $1.73
Diameter: 3½ inches
Height: ½ inch
Nuts: Yes, macadamia

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There’s nothing quite like a surprise cookie from The Wife. It’s like watching a movie at the Cinerama; everything is better by wifely surprise.

These cookies are rectangular, which results in:

  1. More hard, crunchy outer cookie in proportion to softer interior.
  2. Excellent milk dunkability.

(2) is necessary, due to (1). Thank goodness for cows.

Which came first, the chocolate chip cookie or the milk?

Avenue Bread and Cafe
1135 11th Street
Bellingham, WA

Cost: $0.75
Diameter Dimensions: 3 inches x 7 inches
Height: ½ inch
Nuts: No

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