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Black & White Cookie Update v1.0

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Black & White Cookie Update v1.0

Yaacov | Oct 16, 2000 05:37 PM

Hi all:

The earlier post asking for good cookie recos didn't quite go as well as i thought it would.

So, i decided to start a B&W cookie tally of my own.

Please be aware that this is highly un-scientific but was a lot of fun.

NB: in one of my previous posts, i describe what i consider to be a model for a "perfect" b&w cookie.

Malibu Diner (23rd btw. 6th and 7th?): Avoid. the worst one yet. Yeah it was huge and cheap ($1.50) but was just too thick, dry, and cake-y. no real flavor.

the small pastry place on the NW corner of 26th and 3rd Ave (i think). this is the only place that i've seen them made in this style -- like a real cookie. crunchy and crumbly. it was interesting, but not my style.

various delis with pre-wrapped commercial: yeah, some are better than others, but they all share a commonality -- fake tasting. but what do you expect with over 30 ingredients. c'mon people, it's just a cookie. no need for that many ingredients. some are tasty, but the fact that they are wrapped precluded them from "breathing" and results in a wet mess.

Pick a Bagel (SE corner of 23rd and 3rd): The best yet, by far. fresh and big. cake-y but still has some solidness to it. the vanilla tastes like it with a bit of lemon. and the chocolate is really good. the best part -- they usually have solid vanilla and chocolate ones if you dislike one or the other. also, they sell mini b&w cookies. i don't know how much they are because they are usually part of an order of bagels, iced tea, etc. but they are excellent.

well, hope this helps and i'll try to have v2.0 out soon.

-yb

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