Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Treat yourself: Oatmeal-bacon-cranberry cookies from Val’s Food with a Twist are sinfully delicious
Introducing the only date you'll need this Valentine's Day.
Last week I had the distinct pleasure of sampling a very simple, yet mind blowing cookie from Val’s Food with a Twist (soon to be Val’s Cheesecakes). Normally, I would have eaten said cookie, provided feedback, told a few people whom I thought would enjoy said cookie, and move on with my week.
But no, I have had impure thoughts of this cookie all week. I would spend Valentine’s Day with it if I could. This cookie knew just one date and I would be hooked. It knows it is only a matter of time before I start texting it at all hours of the night, asking to see it, just for one bite; or asking if there is someone else. I know there is someone else. I can’t be the only one. With its unpretentious look, yet utterly satisfying and craveable flavor, there have to be others. This, folks, was a oatmeal, bacon and cranberry cookie. Bacon in cookies isn’t new. But when it is done right, it is mind blowing. This, people, is a cookie done right.
Normally, I wouldn’t have even thought about featuring a blog post about one specific cookie, especially when the meat and potatoes behind the company itself is cheesecake. Yet, a week has gone by and these cookies still haunt my dreams.
The plain and simple truth is, I feel I would be doing a disservice to sweet/savory lovers, bacon lovers or just plain cookie lovers everywhere if I did not make my point about just how delicious this cookie was. My plan was to sample a few bites and put them away for a later time. The next thing I knew, I was spending a Saturday night alone with the Food Network, in my adult onesie, eating an entire box of cookies. Because in all honesty, these cookies are all the companionship one needs.
The cookie had a nice snap, but it was chewy in the places that it needed to be chewy. Nice thick chunks of bacon provided just the right amount of salt, and the tart cranberries were the perfect compliment to this oatmeal cookie. I could totally justify this as a breakfast cookie.
I know a few of you have asked me what I think about the cheesecakes after I posted the picture of the cookies. The sad truth is, I haven’t tried their cheesecakes yet. But judging by the flavors of sweet potato, Elvis (banana/peanut butter, duh), and the new bourbon brownie cheesecake, I should probably invest in some new sweatpants, hire Richard Simmons for the month, or just sew my current size label into a bigger size. (No one will ever know.)
In addition to the cookies, they also offer cheesecake balls (brilliant! Think cake ball), as well as pies and brownies. Chipotle pepper brownie anyone?
I promise to report back with a new blog post about the cheesecakes once I have had them. In the meantime, if you can’t wait for my feedback, the cheesecakes are available for order, or by stopping into Cedars Social, Oddfellows or Union Bear for a slice. While you’re at it, make sure to stop by Opening Bell Coffee for a oatmeal-bacon-cranberry cookie. Unless you’re like me, then just go to foodwithatwist.com and order yourself a whole box.
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