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!

Alternative Bakery Company

I don’t think it is a secret that I have a sweet tooth. Ice cream & cookies just happen to be two of my favorites. I would rather have a huge waffle cone or a cookie the size of my face over a slice of cake. As long as you don’t give me a cupcake – we will get along just fine. Needless to say, when I spotted these massive cookies at my local health store, I kind of did a happy dance. Not only are these cookies vegan, but the ingredients are pretty darn wholesome for a commercial cookie. I am pleased to present Alternative Bakery Company. Seriously, these cookies are ridiculous.

Lemon Poppyseed

In terms of flavor – this cookie is spot on. Totally taste like a lemon poppy seed muffin (which just so happens to be my favorite flavor of muffin) The lemon flavor was more sweet – think lemon dessert, than an actual lemon you add to your water. It was not tangy or tart but refreshing. However, it wasn’t sickningly sweet. The poppy seeds were abundant in the whole cookie and left a few in my teeth. They really didn’t do much in terms of flavor.ย This cookie was “skinner” than the other ones I tried too. Overall, delicious flavor that is sweet without making you feel like you ingested a ton of sugar

Rating: 4 Coffee Beans

Snickerdoodle:

Hands down, snickerdoodles win in terms of my favorite cookie flavor. There is just something about the combination of the sweetness from the sugar and the spice from the cinnamon. This cookie does not disappoint. I loved how thick this cookie was – the middle was so dense. In terms of taste – it was spot on. Like the lemon poppy seed, it was sweet without being too sweet where you’ll feel sick. Instead there was more spice from the cinnamon but the sugar crystals on the top just enhanced that cinnamon flavor. I am sad to report that this cookie flavor is discontinuted. Alas, on their web page they have a new Cinnamon cookie so I would guess it is pretty similar.

Rating:4.5 Coffee Beans

Peanut Butter:

Normally I don’t gravitate towards peanut butter flavored goods. I would just rather have real peanut butter instead of peanut butter flavored ice cream or cookies. However, this was probably the best cookie I have had in a long time. Not to mention my favorite of the three that I tried, which surprised me. Not only was this cookie straight up peanut butter, it made perfect dough balls. Moist doesn’t even begin to describe how soft and chewy this cookie was. An added delight was the whole peanuts found throughout the cookie. Like the previous two cookies, it wasn’t overly sweet which I enjoyed. Instead it was more akin to a natural peanut butter in cookie form. Win win.

Rating: 5 Coffee Beans