A “Department” Dedicated to Cookies

Back in May, Akiva from The Cookie Department contacted me to review his cookies. After browsing the companies website I was more than happy to take some cookies off his hands. A company dedicated to cookies the size of your face is kinda epic in my opinion. The flavors all sounded dreamy and happily awaited the arrival. Akiva was more than generous in the supply he gave me. I had plenty to give to friends who gave me their feedback on the taste of the cookies

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Tough Cookie: I had high hopes for this one. It is the peanut butter lover in me, but I was not a huge fan of this one. I don’t know if it was the addition of whey, but this cookie was too dry and crunchy for me. I am not a huge fan of crunchy cookies – I much prefer softer, chewy ones so that could be a reason why. I also found the peanut butter flavor to be off. However, the guys loved the sound of this cookie because of the added protein in cookie form.

Chocolate Chip Nookie: Do you all remember the really amazing subway cookies a few (okay 8-10ish) years back? The really really good ones? I am convinced they used the old recipe to make this cookie because it tasted exactly like those delicious treats. Crunchy on the outside, but soft and doughy on the inside. The chocolate chips were amazing. This cookie was the perfect balance of sweet and chocolatey.

Great Full: This was the only one I didn’t try. Not that I don’t like sweet potatoes or oatmeal (because I do), but rather because I have a thing against dried fruit, especially cranberries and raisins. I just don’t like them so I would already have a biased opinion. My co-worker tried it and reported that the flavors were spot on. The sweet potato flavor was very prominent and paired well with the cranberries. The only thing she complained about was the texture. She said it was a mix between soft and crunchy which was weird to her.

Awaken Baked: A sweet cookie and a cup of coffee? Yeah, winning. Like the Chocolate Chip Nookie, this one was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. I was pleasantly surprised that the rich coffee taste was not bitter at all. In fact, it was pretty sweet. The coffee lover in me loved the bold taste.

Snap Back: This was hands down my favorite of them all. So soft, so moist and very reminiscent of my Aunts epic gingerbread cookies. The strong molasses taste combined with the sugar crystals on top was an epic duo. There was a lot of spice to this one, which I adored. Paired with some vanilla yogurt and I was one happy camper :)

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Sadly these cookies are mainly available in California, but check out there website to see if there are any locations near you!

Another epic thing that came out of this contact? I am now the Nutrition Blogger for the company! Major wins.

Check out my latest post about protein!

http://thecookiedepartment.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/why-protein-is-so-important/

Alright, I am off to a mini vacation with my roommate for the weekend!

Surprisingly Special

Now, I am not one for diets.

In fact, I think the whole “diet craze” is one of the reasons for our obesity epidemic but that is a story for another time. Sure, Special K is a diet brand, but they do make some pretty fantastic foods. Case in point: Chocolate Caramel & Cookies n Creme Pastry Crisps. Yes, my heart may have skipped a beat when spotting these gems at Walmart.

Special K Chocolate Cookies & Creme

cookiescream These delightful pastry crisps come in a pack of 2. Each pack is only 100 calories – which is perfect for yogurt mix-ins. specialkbarsRight off the bat, these babies smell amazing. Special K captured the cookies & creme essence and infused it into the wrapping. The pastry shell does have a rich chocolate flavor very reminiscent of the Chocolate Fudge Poptart crust ;) My one complaint is the filling, or lack there of.

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Special K Chocolate Caramel Pastry Crisps

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Like the Cookies & Creme pastry crisps, a huge whiff of chocolatey goodness comes from the packaging. These bars are identical in appearance to the Cookies & Creme pastries. The chocolate pastry part is similar to the Cookies & Creme but are slightly richer. Again, the inside is really really lackluster.

insidecaramel  Overall these are REALLY delicious just don’t except a large amount of filling

Rating: 4 Coffee Beans