Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sunflower Seed versus Snickerdoodle Cookies

Posted By on Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge Best Regards in Olathe has a wide variety of flavored and tea cookies.
  • Best Regards in Olathe has a wide variety of flavored and tea cookies.

Locavores are going about things the wrong way. If you really want to convince someone to eat local, you start with the cookies and then you sneak in the vegetables.

In that spirit, two area bakeries are selling cookies made from ingredients you likely have in your kitchen -- although you'd be hard pressed to match these cookies in a taste contest. The folks at Grace's Best, based in Parkville, do one thing very well: They make Sunflower Seed cookies. It's why they were named to Fat City's Top 10 list of cookies last December.

Best Regards, in Olathe, makes chocolates and baked goods. With a tagline of "The Kansas City Cookie," its cookies are in stores nationwide. Best Regards offers a refined take on classic cookies flavors like lemon tea and chocolate mint. 

So, I set these cookies head to head with a large glass of Shatto milk and a promise to myself that I wouldn't finish the entire package.

Best Regards is redefining the snickerdoodle.
  • Best Regards is redefining the snickerdoodle.

Best Regards Snickerdoodle Cookies ($4.59 at McGonigle's Market). It was butter at first bite. If I could name these, I would call them cinnamon sugar shortbread cookies. They had the full, luxurious taste of shortbread with a pop of cinnamon. The "secret ingredient" is apple cider -- Best Regards is being a bit playful here, giving the cookies the same crisp bite of apple cider donuts. Like Best Regards tea cookies, these would melt in my mouth if I wasn't so focused on swallowing so as to grab the next one off the plate.

click to enlarge It's easy to eat a handful of sunflower seed cookies from Grace's Best.
  • It's easy to eat a handful of sunflower seed cookies from Grace's Best.
Grace's Best Sunflower Seed Cookies ($3.99 at Hy-Vee). These cookies are taking back the word "light." This cookie that would rock the pilgrims' world, but is welcome in our society of amped-up sugar content. The brown sugar in the cookies gives them a rounded, mellow sweetness. I also taste oats and vanilla that make the cookie feel like it came from someone's kitchen. The sunflower seeds add a nice crunchiness and a bit of salty to the sweet.  

The Verdict

Grace's Best Sunflower Seed Cookies win. They are seriously addictive. You'd hide them in your drawer at work rather than sacrifice them to the savages in the office kitchen. The sunflower seeds add just the right amount of texture and the sweetness from the brown sugar is really well done. They're available at Hy-Vee, McGonigle's, Whole Foods, Costco, and online.

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