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The Sunnyvale branch of Haleh Pastry, a Persian-style bakery opened a few months ago. Besides the pastries, this spot offers up Verve coffee drinks and Treat ice cream along with wifi.
A variety of Persian cookies are sold by the pound. Most interesting is a date-filled maamoul made with no added sugar and an abundance of cardamon. Fresh dates are used for the filling, offering a softer and less grainy texture. Honey-glazed toasted pistachios garnish the top.
We like the bamieh glazed with honey-rosewater, but the zoolbia were too anemic and tasted undercooked. A gluten-free walnut cookie has the satisfying chew of amaretti with more nuttiness and a carob-like aftertaste. Coconut cookies are light as air, sort of a cross between meringue and coconut macaroons. Other than the bamieh and zoolbia, these are only lightly sweet.
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Haleh Pastry & Cafe
927 E. Arques Ave
(During the new opening period, a stack of brown cards by the register offers a complimentary cup of tea or coffee with a purchase of $10 or more.)
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