Just before we were running out the door for our weekend camping trip, I saw a box on our doorstep. I grabbed it and ran! Turns out it was my thank you package from Susan at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen; I had donated - happily - to her kickstarter project awhile back and have watched her progress from idea to implemention. She's awesome, by the way. Here's her Bake Shop...
I was binge-watching Best Food Ever and it was an episode about food trucks; they were talking about a truck that does Belgian waffles in Brooklyn. I was listening, but not totally watching. I glanced up from my laptop and saw Susan and her husband taking a bite out of the same waffle, Lady and the Tramp style. It was adorable. I think I must have shrieked 'I know her!' because my husband woke up with a start. Whoops. It was just so exciting.
But this is about her cookies! She had included her Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies, Triple Choc-o-lot Cookies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookies, and a bonus jar of Vanilla Salt that I am going to hoard till I come up with a great recipe that deserves it.
We started with the Triple Choc-o-lot Cookies. Susan describes them as "cookies in brownie form." That is an apt description! They are rich, chocolate-y, and so, so good.
Second up: Signature Chocolate Chip Cookies. They were perfectly crisped on the outside, toothy on the inside, speckled with vanilla and dotted with big chunks of chocolate in every bite. In every bite. Then, as if that weren't enough, she finishes it with homemade vanilla sea salt. She calls them the 'perfect chocolate chip cookie.' My Love was happy, beneath the towering redwoods, with a cookie in one hand and a beer in the other.
Lastly, we tried the Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cookie. I was a little dubious because - just to be completely candid - I don't like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...and neither do my boys. But these are amazing! Think a perfect bite of salty peanut butter with the sweetness of strawberry jam. Okay, I'm not about to start making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for my boys, but I just might have to order more of these.
The Verdict: I don't often buy pre-made cookies because I do bake. I usually don't buy anything baked that has to cross the country by mail. That said, I would totally order more of her cookies - and not just because I think she's a great blogger and baker...but because her cookies are delicious and unique. I love the sweet with burst of vanilla salt and salty peanut butter plus sweet strawberry. She has the flavor combination thing down. Nice job, Susan!