Beautiful bakery displays can be deceiving; those perfectly crafted confections might not taste as great your eye would have you believe. At One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, most of them do—but others don't quite cut it. The good is phenomenal, but the bad isn't worth your time. After the jump, the breakdown of what to get, and what to avoid, at One Girl Cookies.
It's a beautiful bakery to look at, so pleasing to the eye with miniature cookies behind glass cakes, and overriding colors of baby blue and white—think Tiffany's meets country bakery. And there's a decent amount of seating, and if you've got the time, it's worth having your sweets to stay.
What to get?
The breakfast cakes. Flavors rotate on a daily basis; pictured above is the pear and ginger cake, moist with chunks of fresh fruit and just the slightest hint of spice. This pairs beautifully with an...
...affogato. Your choice of gelato flavor (I went with caramel) with a shot of espresso poured over the top. Served in a dainty blue and white teacup on a blue plate. It's a swell way to start the morning.
One Girl is best known for their whoopie pies, which come in two flavors: pumpkin and chocolate.
The pumpkin, with a cream cheese filling, is awesome (and recently included in our Fall Pumpkin Round-Up); the chocolate, in comparison, is fine, but nothing spectacular.
Cake slices. Like the coffee cakes, these also rotate frequently: red velvet one week; lemon curd sandwiched between layers of vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream on another. The crumb is soft and delicate, the flavors mild, save for a tart curd.
I'm a fan of the nut bar, built on a shortbread base, covered with caramel and then almonds and hazelnuts, and finished in a sticky sweet glaze. Considering the sugar high it induced, this itty-bitty square was just the right size.
"Susannas" (the cookies each have names) are spicy mini oatmeal cookies with bits of crystallized ginger. I could easily wipe away a dozen in a sitting; it's only the price tag (four for $2.50) that stops me.
Same goes for the Juliettes, crunchy hazelnut cookies with a deeply spiced chocolate cinnamon ganache.
Raspberry oat squares are a must-have—simple oat bars smothered with raspberry puree and finish with crushed walnuts.
If you're a fan of super-fudgy, super-dense brownies, these are for you. I personally like brownies midway between cakey and fudgy, with handful of walnuts thrown in. These nutless numbers weren't for me, but for the right person, they'll make a solid bite.
Those are the good. What to pass on? Most of the single-bite cookies, except for those mentioned above, aren't worth the money or time. They're adorable to look at, and make pretty little gifts. But based on taste and flavor alone, you're better off elsewhere. The problem? If you're only going to have one bite, it better come with a bang. Most of these one-bites are dry, and, frankly, not particularly good cookies.
Like the "Penelope" apricot thumbprint cookie...
...or the Sadie, an orange butter cookie covered in shredded coconut. The cookie itself is a vehicle and not much more.
Olga, sugar cookies bound with mint chocolate ganache, suffer a similar fate.
Downright boring is the Lucia, chocolate and caramel on shortbread. At the very least, the shortbread could be buttery and not dusty.
And finally, two identically styled chocolate wafer sandwiches, one sandwiched with mocha cream, the Cecilia...
...and the Lana, with a center of raspberry jam. Forgettable and forgettable.
If you order the right things—whoopie pies, coffee cakes, affogati, and in the summer, whoopie pies sandwiched with gelato—One Girl is nothing short of fantastic. But walk away with nothing but a bag of cookies and you may well end up disappointed. It's hit or miss, so don't miss!
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