A slutty brownie and cookies + cream double chocolate chip cookie
The bakery is called Caked, but most of the glass case is filled with cookies. Large, soft cookies, individually wrapped. There are brownies too, but we’ll get to that. First we’re going to be overwhelmed by cookies, because they’re a lot to consider.
8680 Miralani Drive, San Diego
Such as the toffee hazelnut chocolate, made with a nutella cookie base and stuffed with toffee crumbles and two kinds of chocolate chips. Or, the peanut butter chocolate chip: chunks of Reese’s peanut butter chunks with chocolate chips in a brown sugar cookie. But wait — there’s the cookies + cream double chocolate, which starts with a perfectly good chocolate chip cookie then adds white chocolate chips and crushed Oreos to the mix.
A check of the shelves at Caked reveals all kinds of cookies.
The 3- to 4-inch diameter cookies cost $2.50 apiece, but the young baker behind the counter casually mentions if I buy six I get one free. You can see where this is going.
The baker in question is named Kathy Phan, and until recently she baked cookies in a home kitchen, then used a cottage food permit to sell them at farmers markets. But her cookies have gotten popular, so she’s let a space in Miramar. Caked, her new bakery storefront, has joined the growing conglomeration of brewers, boozemakers, and food crafters of the Mirilani Makers District, which is a fancy way of saying that there is a lot of good stuff to eat and drink in this particular industrial park.
Caked would seem to fit right in, and I can all too easily imagine tasting room visitors heading home with a cardboard box full of cookies as I did. Phan’s recipe book seems to be bigger than her tiny shop, so if you don’t find the aforementioned, you’ll probably find others, such as a taro cookie with white chocolate chips, or a vegan, gluten-free chocolate chip. Admittedly, that wasn’t my butter and gluten-loving favorite. That honor would go to the caramel choconut, made with coconut, chocolate and caramel chips, and cocoa butter. It’s less a crumbly cookie, and more a gooey wafer of delicious everything.
But then there’s that brownie. The $6 “slutty brownie.” Phan lets me add it towards my six-cookie deal, and if there’s one thing to try at Caked, this is it. It’s really part brownie and part chocolate chip cookies, but there’s a mess of crushed Oreos in there too. It’s texture isn’t consistent all the way through, you just bite into it and hope for the best.