I stopped into Dorie Greenspan's Cookie Bar pop-up shop at the Mizu Salon on Park Avenue this morning, and all I can say is—man, it's been a while since we've had cookies this good! Dorie's son and business partner, Josh, was there as well, and they make quite a swell team. Cookies are sold individually with prices ranging from $1.75 to $2.50, and the quality is top-notch, as one would expect from Dorie. She made sure to give props to the roster of chefs who helped her make the cookies: Johnny Iuzzini, Bradford Thompson, and Megan Fitzroy, along with volunteers from The French Culinary Institute. We ate our way though the entire selection of cookies, and I haven't a bad word to say about any of them.
The lineup, after the jump.
Start with a few classic, buttery, Our Best Chocolate Chip Cookies. Simple, clean, and yet so divine, the dough studded with chopped Valrhona chocolate melting into every bite. It's on the crisp side, and a bit chewy as you hit the middle, a major plus in my books. I'm not a fan of overly doughy or crunchy cookies, and this was a fine middle ground.
For an even richer take on chocolate, the Chocolate Chunkers are almost brownie-like creations built from three types of chocolate: Valrhona bittersweet, semisweet, and milk chocolates, as well as a handful of salted cashews and dried cherries.
Molasses-Spice Cookies were thin and addictively chewy, spicy with a crackle-top.
A kick of salt in the Peanut Butter Crisscrosses made these especially memorable, particularly when combined with brown sugar and nutmeg.
Espresso pierces through in the Espresso-Chocolate Shortbreads, featuring the same hand-chopped Valrhona chocolate as the chocolate chip cookies.
The Sables are my personal favorite. I would love nothing more than to start every morning with two of these cookies and a cup of tea in hand. The shortbreads are buttery-rich in the most wonderful way possible, tender to the bite. Classic—I could never tire of these.
Coconut Lime Cookies were the thickest of the bunch, with toasted coconut and bright, zingy lime zest.
And of course, Dorie's signature World Peace Cookies with Valrhona cocoa, Valrhona bittersweet chocolate, and fleur de sel. I have yet to try baking these famous cookies myself, but did spot more than a few devoted fans of her cookbooks stop in just because of these little numbers.
The Cookie Bar pop-up will be open till this Friday, 2/13. Opened 11am till 7pm, or when cookies are sold out.
Mizu Salon, 505 Park Ave, New York NY 10022 (map)