Sunday, August 14, 2011
Sea is for Cookie (and That's Good Enough for Me!)
And two, the little shortbread gems available at The Brown Butter Cookie Company would undoubtedly go well indeed with a good book and a nice cup of tea. Which, from the name of this blog, you know I like.
I did not expect to write an entire blog post about the Best Cookies Ever. But it would be ungenerous--nay, criminal!--to not tell you about them. They're the sort of cookie that makes professional wrestlers weep and inspires astonishingly good behavior from children and all that sort of stuff.
Ok, maybe I exaggerate slightly. But The Brown Butter Cookie Company (click here to visit their website) makes one fabulous cookie, all soft and rich with brown sugar and browned butter, sprinkled on top with a dash of sea salt.
This is not a place to hang out and visit. No Starbucks-wanna-be, The Brown Butter Cookie Co. is nothing but cookies. Inside the shop, most of the space is devoted to crafting and baking. A small front area lined with shelves of packaged cookies and partitioned by a bakery counter was just large enough for me and my family to enter, browse, and turn around before squeezing through the throng of other wise cookie devotees who also crammed the space. The word is OUT about these cookies.
Behind the counter, a half-dozen women perched on stools, patting cookies in their hands and laying them on sheets for baking. (They also looked quite happy, probably because they know the secret ingredients of the cookies. Luckies!) In the background, an industrial mixer whirred the magical secret ingredients.
That was enough. I was sold.
We also tried cocoa and gluten-free cocoa mint cookies (which were sensational), but settled on purchasing a 2-dozen count package of the original. Just one package, you may ask, after all of this hoopla? Well, the cookies don't come cheap. Individually, they sell for a dollar each, plus. And you can't just stop at one cookie.
I predict it won't be long before this little cookie shop gains national attention.
So if you find yourself on California's central coast anytime soon, plan to swing by Cayucos. And let me know in advance, so I can have you pick up a bag of cookies for me!
To see how they make the cookies, check out this little video I found on YouTube.