Monday, 8 September 2014
I felt a little bad about the last cookie I reviewed because, even though the Honey & Ginger Cookies from Grandma’s Little Bakery were decidedly average, I didn’t want it to be the lasting impression I have of the establishment.
So here we are – Grandma’s Little Bakery’s Superfood Cookies. Their proper name is “Dana’s Superfood Cookies” so I really should’ve written “Grandma’s Little Bakery’s Dana’s Superfood Cookies” but I wasn’t keen on putting so many possessives in a sentence, which probably says more about me than anything else… Anyway, in case you’re wondering, Dana (Kvtinsky) is the store owner.
Most cookies use flour, eggs and butter as a delivery medium for a generous serving something sugary – like chocolate – but these Superfood Cookies go in the opposite direction. They are neither buttery nor sweet, but deliver an enticingly understated medley of oatmeal, chia seeds and crushed almonds… I’m not enough of a health nut to be able to divine the other ingredients, but it’s a settled and mature flavour that doesn’t leave that “Hey! This tastes like breakfast!” impression, as so many lesser ‘superfood’ cookies do.
These little cookies are firm but bordering on crumbly to bite into, which makes them feel very delicate to handle. While richer specimens tend to overwhelm the senses with unsubtle chunks of flavour, these impress with their soft, granular texture between one’s teeth – they’re practically dainty to eat. There are times when I feel as though I’ve maxed-out my weekly sugar quota and would prefer something a little less rich without being completely plain and dull – and these cookies hit the right spot.
I don’t envisage my kids queueing up for these cookies, but they’re the kind I’ll happily keep for myself; and go back for the next time I feel like some shakshuka.
Rating out of 10 (where 10 = ermahgerd this is amazeballs; 5 = meh; and 0 = I want my money back):
7.5 – Subtle and understated; surprisingly good.
Where: Grandma’s Little Bakery, 42/40-42 O’Riordan Street , Alexandria NSW 2015. There’s plenty of local parking, and it’s an easy 5-minute walk north from the Alexandria Homemaker Centre. By bus, the 348 will take you to Collins Street, which is the nearest cross-street.
How much: $8.90 per box
About Kevvie’s Cookie Safari: People have been telling me for years that my wife’s chocolate chip cookies are the best they’ve ever eaten. It didn’t occur to me until now to test the claim. But if you’re interested, she uses a Jacques Torres recipe from the book ‘A Year in Chocolate’.