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fabulous tollhouse cookie at nabolom

gus | May 17, 200410:38 PM

had a terrible craving for a chocolate-chip cookie yesterday afternoon, so i stopped by nabolom on russel & college in berkeley's elmwood district.

i love snickerdoodles, so i tried the vegan snickerdoodle -- good amount of cinnamon sugar on top, delightfully moist & chewy interior. what a fabulous snickerdoodle! i wonder what kind of fat they use, since margarine is out, even for vegans.

then -- the tollhouse cookie. it is HUGE and surprisingly hefty, with a chewy, creamy interior studded with plenty of dark chocolate bites. the best part, however, was the juxtaposition of this decadently underdone center with crisp, caramelised brown-sugar edges. sheer perfection. i thought you could only get moist and chewy cookies using crisco or other vegetable shortening (dreaded trans fats), but they've posted a little sign at the counter saying that they only use butter in all their cookies.

nabolom has been struggling lately; they had a big fundraising party a few weeks ago. i really hope they don't go out of business. they're a cooperative, the staff is friendly, and the baked goods are worth a visit.

after having frequented la farine for nearly a year (i live just around the corner), i have now decided that nabolom's croissants are far, far superior. my vote for best croissant in the east bay -- especially the herb-studded cheese one. and i don't even bother with la farine's overpriced, dry cookies anymore.

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