Christmas · Cookies · Utica,NY

Taking a “Bite” out of Christmas

If there is one constant during the Christmas season it is cookies, there are dozens of different varieties, people have parties where they simply make cookies and entire days are planned around baking these tasty treats. It is also big business for pretty much every local bakery you will encounter. In fact ordering your cookies would certainly relieve some stress and take a bite out of your holiday preparations. I myself like to bake my cookies, I usually wait until the very last couple days before Christmas when I’m crazy busy at work and somehow manage to bake a few dozen cookies in multiple varieties while still finding time to sleep. Below is one of my trays from last year actually. I’m torn on what to do this year so I thought what if I had to order my cookies, would they hold up, where would I get them from, would there be enough variety, and how would they taste? Photo Nov 13, 7 32 26 PM

To get those answers I stopped into Bite Bakery and Café where they were already offering Christmas cookies for sale in their bakery case by the pound. Bite is certainly all in on the Christmas season from their stunning holiday windows to the beautifully decorated interior it’s like walking into a bakery in The North Pole, in fact I’m pretty Santa would approve.

Bite was offering 8 special Christmas cookies along with Italian whites and Lemon cookies. A good variety that would allow you to build a tray to fit just about anyones needs. I grabbed at least one of everything, in fact a pound worked out to roughly 17 cookies so not a bad sampling to share.

You can’t simply eat Christmas cookies out of a box in my opinon so let’s get these onto a tray, take a couple of pictures and then try a few. IMG_2292

As I looked at the plate I realized there was really no way I was going to try all of these cookies at once, so I choose to dive into just the ones that are not available year round; the Italian Cherry, Chocolate Meatball, Peanut Butter kiss, Christmas sugar cookie, Raspberry thumbprint, and the Dark Chocolate peppermint. IMG_2321The Italian Cherry was a delightfully simply cookie, that with its pop of color quickly dresses up any holiday tray. When you are about to bite into this classic cookie you smell the hint of cherry and it quickly reminds you of opening a jar of maraschino cherries. The cookie itself is dense, light and soft or basically what you get from a really well done Italian cookie. The dusting of powdered sugar snow adds a bit of sweetness and really compliments the overall taste of this cookie. IMG_2302

The Chocolate meatball was a real surprise for me, I have never had one that had the spices that this beautiful cookie had. I at first thought I smelled gingerbread only to realize it was hints of nutmeg, cinnamon and I’m pretty sure clove as well. All of those when combined with the chocolatey goodness and finally chopped walnuts provided a real treat to your senses.IMG_2336

The Peanut Butter Kiss, one of those cookies that if you are making them yourself and wait till the last couple of days before Christmas to buy your Hershey Kisses you will find yourself bouncing from store to store in a hunt that will drive your crazy. I found the Bite Kiss to be very satisfying, the peanut butter was a bit pm the light side but lingers, the cookie was moist in the center and chewy just like I enjoy when I’m savoring a PB Kiss. IMG_2344

Sugar cookies, something you will find just about everywhere during the holidays and these Christmas Sugar Cookies taste as good as they look. Those nonpareils add some color and the perfectly round cookie itself reminds me of an ornament you could hang on your tree. This cookie was everything a sugar cookie should be crunchy, sweet, sugary and delicious with one exception, I missed the frosting, yes I’m a layer more sugar on top of the sugar guy.  IMG_2324I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Raspberry thumbprint, I have generally never been a fan of this cookie, it is usually dry and flavorless and just rather boring to me. Well there was clearly some Christmas Magic baked into these because I’m a fan.  Delicately Light with hints of butter and almost flakey quality this cookie simply melts in your mouth. The raspberry is both sweet and tart just like it should be.  The sugary drizzle isn’t needed but adds an extra bit of sweetness that makes this cookie even better. I would say this may be The BEST Raspberry Thumbprint in Utica. IMG_2312I thought I was saving the best for last, but these Chocolate Peppermints have a lot to live up to after the thumbprint, and they did exactly that. One bite in I said “wow, these taste just like Christmas should taste”. The ratio of chocolate to peppermint is perfect add in the white chocolate that the cookie is dipped into and you have yourself a real treat. The cookie has that crunchy shell with a chewy center full of chocolate chips too. If I didn’t know better I would think these might have actually been baked in The North Pole because I’m sure Santa eats these daily.IMG_2281

Well I’m certainly full after all those and on a sugar high but isn’t that why we snack on cookies during the holidays for that boost of energy so we can get things done. Honestly after sampling those I wouldn’t be opposed to saving some time this season and skipping the baking if I needed to, these BITE cookies would certainly do the trick as would cookies from any of the other places we have visited this year, Holland Farms, Christine’s Cookie Shoppe, Caruso Pastry Shoppe, North Star Orchards, The Tram, Utica Bread or even some store-bought Archway Gingerbread men. So if you end up baking or buying this holiday season, enjoy it, embrace the holiday spirit, feel the Christmas magic, and Do It All For The Cookie” 

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to everyone who has taking the time to look at my pictures and read my cookie ramblings, may you all have a wonderful holiday season.

 

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Christmas · Cookies · Holiday Memories · Utica,NY

‘Tis The Season…

Year after year as we approach the Holiday Season there are little things that remind you of the past, of lost loved ones, of years gone by, of your youth even. Those little gingerbread men are exactly that for me.

I’m sure most of you have seen the bright red displays of Archway Cookies that pop up all over grocery store aisles as we creep into November and the holiday season begins, well those are exactly where this story starts.Photo Nov 13, 6 15 36 PM.jpg

When I was a kid I remember seeing packages just like those above in my Grandma Browns kitchen, they were slightly different back then some sort of cellophane wrapped box if my memory is correct, but they were Archway and they were always Iced Gingerbread.  Needless to say when you’re a kid visiting Grandma and there are cookies you are going to probably eat a bunch of them, and my brothers and I always did. After Grandma passed away in 2001, and as I grew older they became less of a priority for me to seek out during the holiday season and eventually I rarely saw or even noticed them.

There came point and I’m not really sure what year it was that I began looking for the these cookies again, I suppose it was after my brother had passed away and I was yearning for those memories of Grandma, of my brother Tim, of Christmas past. I remember for a couple of years seeing the Archway displays and getting excited,  but never seeing the ones I really wanted. Then suddenly in 2011 there they were back on the shelves waiting for me, I was so happy to have found them I even ran to Facebook and shared my joy.  Every year since that day I make sure I get at least one or two packages to just enjoy and remember.

Now I was all set to tell this story and week or so ago, when I snuck a package into my grocery cart, only to come home and find this….IMG_2218Folks this is what happens when your wife  (who I love dearly)  discovers cookies you failed to tell her you had plans for and happens to have a bit of a gingerbread addiction. I guess in retrospect this is exactly what we did to my Grandmas cookies when we found out she had them, and that I suppose it is sign that Grandma approves.

I managed to grab another package this week so I could share them with all of you, I remember them being a bit larger when I was kid and they seemed much softer back then as well. However they are still a delightful treat during this holiday season and brought back all the memories I hoped they would. The ginger is subtle and not overpowering, while the icing adds just enough sweetness that these two bite cookies will have you snacking on them till your faced with that decision of “Should I eat the whole package in one sitting?”

As we move further into the Holiday season, cookies become a staple in many homes from a simple store-bought cookie that harbors memories I will cherish forever to the amazing home-made goodies that many of you will be baking or sharing, I hope you take the time and think about what maybe that tradition or that cookie means to you, and if you Did it all for the Cookie or you did it all for the memory, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Cookies · Utica,NY

Camp Cookies

Photo Jul 12, 2 59 27 PMOn days when my wife and I head to her parents camp at Pine Lake Park in the Adirondacks we often start our day downtown to grab coffee and croissants for the drive from two of Uticas’ and Baggs squares anchors Utica Coffee Roasting  and Utica Bread. This past week we lucked into what amounted to a perfect summer beach/camp getaway day, my sunburned shoulders can vouch for the beach day part as well.

Our first stop was Utica Bread, and they had an array of cookies available, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity and thought, lets just grab a couple for camp. So while there were several varieties to drool over, I simply couldn’t resist the Chocolate chip cookies and I’m really glad I didn’t.  This cookie was the first one so far that has really reminded me of my childhood, it tasted a lot like the ones my Mom used to make  and who doesn’t love their Moms cookies. Looks are deceiving with this cookie, sure it looks thin, and darker than what you usually find, however that golden brown color is where all the flavor is. That first bite really grabs you and pulls you in as well, the crunch  leads to notes of warm melted butter, then the chocolate explodes in your mouth. Delightfully chewy, moist, and just really delicious. The Utica Bread Chocolate Chip cookie is easily top 2 in Utica for this cookie fan.

Onto that Utica Coffee Cookie which we grabbed with what else our coffee, while almost the same size as the Utica Bread cookie, they are so vastly different. This is a much meatier cookie, full of chunky chocolate, softer as well. Tasting this is an experience with a moist chewy underdone center, that I have said before I love in cookie. I would say it tasted a tad bit salty,  but in good way though.  As I was eating this cookie I kept thinking how good it would be as an ice cream sandwich. Another solid Utica Cookie for sure.

Baggs Square certainly has the chocolate chip cookie game on point it seems, now where else should I head in Utica or the surrounding area to experience a great cookie. I would love to hear your suggestions, I mean I’m really doing this all for the cookie.

 

Cookies · Utica,NY

Cookie Love

When I started writing I Did It All For The Cookie, I knew it would be appreciated by the local shops I was discovering and writing about, well at least I was hoping it would be. Lately I have had people say “hey you’re a blogger now, have them give you a free cookie” and while sure who doesn’t love free, I never intended to be that type of blogger.  I often don’t even mention who I am or what I do when I visit a place at all, rather I swoop in like a cookie ninja.  With all that being said, I certainly appreciate the recent “Cookie Love” that my wife and I have been receiving from some of our favorites.

This delicious and still warm Chocolate chip cookie from Lauren at Bite was so satisfying, it made a sunday morning that much better even if the wife did steal half of it. I also just realized that for the amount of time I actually spend at Bite which is once or twice a week sometimes,  I haven’t actually given them the write-up and review they deserve, I need to get on that.  Photo Jun 29, 8 11 52 AM

Then we have this amazing box of custom-made sweet treats from our good friend Christine at Christines’ Cookie shoppe, which was the location of my first review and honestly one of the sweetest little shops in Utica.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the most amazing homemade gingersnaps from Melissa who just happens to be a Ginger who makes Gingersnaps and is one of those crazy cool girls that is super chill and totally UticAwesome. These gingersnaps were so good I was surprised that my wife hadn’t eaten them all before I got home, they were moist, buttery yet sweet, and oh so full of ginger goodness that it was hard to just eat one, that’s why I ate two.

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Cookies · Utica,NY

Cookie crumbs…

In the short couple months since I began writing about cookies it appears I have become known as Mr. Cookie at times around Utica, this tells me one thing at the very least people are reading and enjoying what I’m writing about, for that I would like to say; Thank You.

I have barely scratched the surface of all the delicious cookies Utica and beyond have to offer, and I’m really looking forward to continuing this adventure and sharing it with all of you.  Today as we often do The Smiths, thats My wife and I for those who don’t know,  were bouncing around the city on our day off  taking full advantage of Utica Restaurant Week and our Made In Utica, UticaPassport too [click those links to learn more]. Our adventures as they often to led us over to Bite for some desserts for later, and I wanted to show off this box of goodies and tease a couple of blog stories I’m working on for the summer. Photo Jun 14, 3 47 25 PM

Now I know what you are thinking,  that cake looks really good doesn’t it? Well ignore it, because I didn’t do this for cake I Did It All For The Cookie. Look at what is left inside the bog, for starters we have something that is a quintessential Utica dessert, yes the Half Moon Cookie a timeless classic that Uticans have enjoyed for years, a cookie that like many other Utica foods is different but yet delicious everywhere it is found, look for an entire blog post where I will dive in, sample and photograph as many different Half Moons as I can find.

Onto those other goodies that want to jump out of that box and right into you mouth. Those are Macarons a French pastry/cookie that has sort of taken Utica by storm in the last couple months. I’m really looking forward to learning a bit more about this delicate treat, tasting the never ending variety of flavors they can be found in,  and writing a exciting and mouth-watering must read too.

I’m always looking for some cookie ideas, places to explore, stories to write, so if you have any ideas let me now here or on the all new I Did It All For The Cookie Facebook page as well, which you should be sure to like and follow as well.

Cookies · Utica,NY

The North Star

The North Star, a constant in the night sky, a landmark you can always count on, and the next stop on The I Did It All For The Cookie adventure. I had originally set the course for this blog post to be about “The Cookie” you know the one that had inspired this blog, however that cookie was sold out and it mad me really sad. So I began to think where can I go that’s close, and like a shooting star breaking through the sky I thought of course let’s go to North Star Orchards. Now I know what your thinking, “Orchards are places you go in the fall for apples, pumpkins, cider, and pies so why would you go there for cookies?” The answer is easy the universe of treats inside this beautiful red building is pretty awesome.

Just take a look around when you walk inside, your eyes don’t know where to look first. It’s the same as if you were hiking in the Adirondacks on a crystal clear night and looked up and really saw the night sky and all its wonderment for the first time. Inside North Star Orchards you will find fruits, veggies, plants, locally made products, candies, pies, and the reason we are here cookies.

Now these are not just ordinary cookies they are out of this world cookies, I gravitated towards the large cookies in the bakery case however they do also often have plates of smaller cookies available if you need to share with others. The case on this day had 5 delicious looking options to choose from, Oatmeal Raisin, Molasses, Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chip, and an Iced Brownie Cookie, now came the decision, how on earth do you choose, well because I can, I got all 5.IMG_9174

To be honest I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal raisin cookies at all, but fortunately I have a sidekick who is,  so I recruited my wife Amy to offer up her thoughts on this one for you. I figured since there were 5 cookies we could share, so I’m gonna use her take on the molasses as well. IMG_9189

“They taste like Cookies” was the first thing she said, which I suppose since this is a blog about cookies is a very good start. “Very soft and chewy, you can taste of the freshness” I probed for more details and got “buttery, with hints of cinnamon and plenty of raisins” for the oatmeal raisin. As for the molasses, it reminded her of a large gingersnap, one of her favorite cookies.

One thing all these cookies have in common is how large, soft, chewy, and fresh they are. Something that can’t always be said or found looking for a good cookie. I enjoyed all 3 cookies I tasted so lets take a look at them.

If you have not noticed, chocolate chip are a favorite of mine, all but one entry has featured this slice of Americana cookie, and they have all been different too. North Stars is a big, thick, meaty cookie that begs to be put in your mouth. I found it a touch on the sweet side and loaded with tiny chips which melt delightfully on your tongue. For me the best part of this cookie was the slightly underdone center, giving you that cookie dough feel I really love.

These next two cookies were my favorites of the bunch, and a pair that I have not found anywhere else so far. The peanut butter chip was loaded with those same tiny chips as well, only these where peanut butter. This cookie was just so full of peanut buttery goodness, I kept thinking the only thing better would be eating peanut butter from a jar.

Now the iced brownie cookie was pure joy to eat, a treat for the senses. I swear if you closed your eyes while eating it you would immediately think you were just licking the spoon after making brownies. The icing added this sweetness that complimented the chocolate overload really well too.

Do yourself a favor, next time you craving something yummy, skip over the Milky way, set a course for North Star Orchards instead, explore their universe of goodies, but most importantly Do It For The Cookie! Don’t forget if you have any thoughts or suggestions on where I should go next  let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

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Cookies · Utica,NY

Tram-Love

When you begin a new adventure you are often unsure how it will be received, or if people will even read it as was the case when I decided to start blogging about cookies. Well Utica is an amazing community and the feedback and love for I Did It All For The Cookie, has so far been UticAwesome and I must say thank you for that. Utica is full of its cheerleaders, its mothers, its fathers, people and or businesses that will support you without question as long as the work you’re doing is honest and good, this is what led me to The Tram.

Every now and then there is a story needs to be told, well this story begins at Made In Utica Day, an event put together by the Made In Utica team showcasing Places, Business, Events, all things Utica. My wife Amy and I attended and while we were hanging out we were Cookie Bombed! Robin the owner of The Tram, swooped in like a superhero and shoved 3 cookies in our bag, a Chocolate chip, a Gingersnap, and a Chocolate Raspberry,  all I heard her say was “They might not be the best but I wanted you to try them”.  It was at this moment I knew that Utica was behind what I was trying to do, people were listening and one of Uticas biggest cheerleaders had acknowledged my silly little cookie blog. Sadly I never even got to try those cookies, because they were apparently so good my wife ate all three of them on me.

That all changed today, on one of the nicest days of the entire spring I found my way navigating the maze of streets caused by the Arterial construction near Lincoln Ave.  just so I could finally get my hands on some Tram cookies and let me tell you, these cookies were worth the wait.

Tram cookies are homemade and I stress that because all I kept thinking while I was eating these cookies was how they just felt like what you would find in any home, anywhere in Utica where someone felt like baking cookies, except these were done to really, really well. I was able to grab both the Chocolate chip and Gingersnap as those were all that was available, neither left me disappointed in fact I even forget I was  looking forward to the Chocolate Raspberry cookie. IMG_9137

Chocolate chip cookies are one of the most American of cookies, in fact they were first created in 1938 in Wakefield, MA at the Toll House Inn, now I only bring that up because as I was eating The Tram Chocolate chip cookie all I kept thinking was this is Americana, this is what a perfect homemade chocolate chip cookie is supposed to taste like. In fact my wife even said “you can taste the love in every bite” and for a change,  she was right.  These are large cookies, in fact today that were on that legendary Utica Mannys cookie level size, and because it was a warm day as well, they stayed warm all day too. On your first bite you get a crunch, followed by a buttery, soft, moist, chewy, gooey cookie that screams like mom used to make with just the right amount of chips to make them a near perfect cookie.  I could eat these all day long if I was allowed too, they were that good.

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Inhale, “can you smell the ginger”, that’s what I said when I began unwrapping this Gingersnap, they smell so wonderful you almost want to bite write in before unwrapping them however that might seem a bit strange right. Gingersnaps often remind me of my Christmas and my Grandma, she loved those Archway Gingerbread cookies, and I loved to eat them with her. This cookie was so good I wished I could have shared it with my Grandma, I know she would have loved it. The delicate sugary coating, the soft yet heaviness of the cookie itself is such a joy to eat, they are packed with ginger that lingers in your mouth as you ponder how good that cookie you just ate was. I would without question say this is the best Gingersnap I have ever eaten.

So I am going to challenge all of you to navigate the maze,  because there are some really incredible treats waiting for you to discover at The Tram. They are made with a Love that you can taste, they will make you think of home, make you pause for a moment and just get lost in how good they really are. Don’t do it for me, do it for Robin, do it for The Tram, do it for Utica but most of all Do It All For The Cookie!

 

Cookies · Utica,NY

Rainbows…

“Rainbows are visions, but only illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide…” If you were to say the word Rainbow in Utica you are likely talking about the man known simply as Rainbow, a colorful charismatic individual that will sing a happy birthday to a stranger and always puts a smile on your face. Well folks there is a new Rainbow in town and it is one that you will also want to know about, a Rainbow that you can take home with you, a Rainbow you can hold in your hands and it too will put a smile on your face. This Rainbow however will be short-lived and elusive, but when you get ahold of one you will want to brag about it to anyone who will listen.

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I suppose I should tell you what is inside that brown paper bag, This folks is The Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookie and it is a cookie I feel you would only discover in a big city bakery, but instead you can find this rainbow right here in downtown Utica at Bite Bakery and Café. I’m not surprised Bite is bringing this cookie to Utica, Bite itself is a colorful exciting bakery with that big city feel, and the centerpiece for the rebirth of Downtown Uticas Franklin Square.

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Rainbows themselves are fleeting, they make you want to take a picture and share it to your Instagram, your Facebook, your twitter anywhere you can show off what you’re seeing well these cookies are no exception and I would urge you to share these as well. Each cookie is its own individual work of art a one of a kind food masterpiece where no two will be exactly alike, kind of like well you guessed it a Rainbow.

I know what your thinking, do they taste as good as they look?  Well I didn’t get up early today and to be the first in line to not answer that question. Honestly the answer is no, they taste even better. The coloring has no impact on the taste whatsoever, and these are big cookies folks, anyone familiar with the long-lost Mannys Chocolate chip cookie these are that big if not bigger. The cookie itself is full of the most delicious chocolate chips in fact it is hard to take a bite and not get at least a chip or two. Something about the coloring makes this cookie so much fun to eat, almost like you were a kid savoring each bite. The cookie is soft and just chewy enough with that subtle taste of left over cookie dough lingering in your mouth.IMG_8278

Rainbows folks vanish quickly, much like most of the treats at Bite do actually. So if you are lucky enough to happen downtown on a weekend, which is when I’m told these colorful cookies will be re- appearing then try to get your hands on one, I mean I did it all for the cookie, and you can too. Feel free to share your Bite Rainbows with me on instagram or twitter and be sure to tag #BiteUtica as well.

 

Cookies · Utica,NY

Life’s Short, Eat Cookies

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When I pondered where to head on my next  I Did It all For the Cookie review,  I felt a trip back in time was needed.  Now you don’t need  Marty McFly and a DeLorean to do this, you simply need to take a drive down Bleeker street to one of East Utica’s Italian bakeries like Caruso Pastry Shoppe or as it is also known Caffe Caruso.

As you approach this nostalgic Italian bakery its history and charm is hard to miss, from the neon in the window  to the tables and chairs that look like what you would find on  a patio in Italy,  the family pictures covering the wall, and the classic white pastry box hand tied with string.  This is a bakery that has stories to tell, that has seen its share of hungry Uticans and has persevered and survived for almost 60 years.

On this visit my wife and I grabbed a pound of Italian cookies, a mix of things we both wanted to eat and try. I should tell you that I have never been a huge fan of Italian cookies, now I know what you are all saying. How is that possible you are from Utica and eating Italian is a requirement right?  Well I suppose it’s more that I just haven’t had a lot of great Italian cookies in the past. Speaking of cookies, let’s get to some pictures and reviews.

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That’s a good-looking box of cookies isn’t it?  Well I’m only going to dive into about half of those delicious treats and tell you what I think about them, because if I eat that entire box I may need to loosen my belt a bit.  Let’s pull a Chocolate Meatball, a Thumbprint, a Lemon, and a Strawberry sandwich out and get to it shall we.

The Chocolate Meatball is by far the best of this bunch for me, as you are about to bite into this treat you get a whiff of what can only be described as a hot cocoa and you know right then it’s gonna be a good cookie. That first bite is so rich and dense that you already need a second bite. This cookie has a sort of creamy quality that melts in your mouth as you wonder how they packed so much chocolate goodness in just one cookie. I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you that this is by far the BEST Chocolate Meatball cookie I have every had.

Lemon cookies are always favorite of mine, and this was just as good as others I have had. Similar to the Chocolate,  as you are just about to bite into this cookie it’s the smell of fresh lemon zest that grabs you and pulls you in for a mouthful of its deliciousness.  Another dense, and rich cookie, with just a hint of sweetness to compliment the lemon. However on this day I found this cookie to be slightly dry.  I’m not holding that against them though, I mean that’s gonna happen on occasion and It didn’t stop me from eating and enjoying a tasty pair of these lemon goodies.

The Strawberry Thumbprint and the Strawberry Sandwich cookies, which I was really excited to try because they reminded me of Christmastime when I was a kid at my grandmas left me wanting just a bit more. This pair of cookies seemed somewhat hard, crumbly, and lacking in any real flavor, both were begging for more strawberry jam that’s for sure.

So as we progress back to the future from our trip back in time, I have to say I would certainly return to Caffe Caruso for more of that “Old World charm” and another box tied with a string, a few chocolate meatballs even the Strawberry thumbprint, why you might ask? Well because Life is short and I Did it all for the Cookie!IMG_8151

 

 

Cookies · Easter · Utica,NY

Butter What…

I pondered where to take our cookie quest with Easter approaching, and while there were all sorts of options, one place and one cookie stuck out in my mind. Now keeping in mind that “I Did It All for The Cookie” I let that cookie guide me to Holland Farms Bakery & Deli on the Boulevard in Yorkville.  Now if you are from Utica, or most anywhere else in Central New York you probably have heard of Holland Farms and their famous Jelly Buns, heck they dedicate an entire month to them, or those delectable Half-moon cookies that drive us all mad too. Well neither of those were on my shopping list when I parked under the watchful eyes of Cupcake and Chucky the sort of Iconic mascots of Holland Farms.

It was early on a Thursday morning and the Bakery was buzzing with activity and the air filled with enthusiasm. While I waited to pick up some of the Fancy Easter themed Butter cookies I browsed the other treats that were available, donuts, cakes, Easter breads, half-moons and so much more. It didn’t help that I was hungry and really wanted just about one of everything in the case either. Thankfully as busy as it seemed there was more than enough staff around to help, filling orders, bringing more goodies out from the back, and even answering the phone which seemed to never stop ringing with Easter orders.

What I love about these cookies is you can always count on some fun seasonal or holiday themed cut outs to be available, and they taste good too. I managed to grab all three flavors, Easter bunny, Easter chic and Easter egg, because I knew one cookie would just not be enough. IMG_8034

 The butter cookie itself is relatively light, flakey, buttery and sort of smooth, a classic taste that you imagine you parents and maybe even their parents enjoyed. The icing is sweet, and just sugary enough to compliment the buttery goodness. Together they offer a perfect cookie for any event. Oh, and before I forget, that Easter egg had one of those pure sugar candy décor pieces that were often used on cookies and cakes back in the day on it as well and I for one love those tasty bits of nostalgia.IMG_8035

These cookies are worth adding to your Easter Shopping list, why because they make a nice addition to an Easter basket, offer a nice break from all the Candy and feel like a cookie you might have gotten from a forgotten era. Happy Easter and  Take my advice, leave the Butter lamb in the cooler case, and Do it all for the Butter Cookie instead.