I was craving some milk and cookies before bed. But I don't keep cookies in the house anymore. I just don't have the will power.

I lost a lot of weight a few years ago. I slowly gained a bit back. But I'm trying to keep myself in check with basketball, racquetball, and daily dog walks. My sweet tooth makes those activities a draw.

I figured by not having sweets in the house, I won't be tempted. And cookies are the worst, because you really can't eat just one or two.

I remember the Girl Scout Thin Mints. I'd eat half a box at one sitting. There was a brief time the Thin Mints tried going healthy, and tasted horrible. But they're back to being yummy.

I might like cookies more than anyone that doesn't smoke pot and get the munchies can.

I thought since I'm sitting here jonesing for a snack, I'd blog about cookies.

A few kinds I don't care for: Snickerdoodles. Cool name, but the cookie doesn't deliver.

Animal cookies. Great for kids, but they don't taste very good. And those little colorful things get stuck in your teeth.

Which reminds me...my mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies on the planet. She sometimes puts nuts in them, which drives the family nuts. If you do this, you're ruining a perfectly wonderful creation. Although, some would say the same thing about oatmeal, and I love that in cookies.

Well, the other day she put in poppy seeds. What the hell? I've seen those on muffins, but in cookies?

But I digest.

Why can't those animal cookies have the kind of frosting they put on those cookies you get in the grocery stores? They taste like a hybrid of cake and cookie. And they always have frosting that matches whatever holiday is upon us.

Chocolate chip cookies that have M&Ms substituted for chocolate chips, never work. The chocolate isn't as strong.

Some would argue chocolate/chocolate chip is too much chocolate. I don't think there is such a thing.

As a kid, I didn't like oatmeal raisin cookies. I love them now.

I love the pinwheels, and the combination of marshmallow and graham cracker. I just hate the fact that they leave your hands a mess. And I always destroyed the package trying to open them (yet another excuse to just finish the entire bag...if you don't, they might go bad).

The last time I donated blood, I tried some Nutter Butters they had out with the donuts. I hadn't had those peanut shaped cookies since I was a kid. They were okay.

Oreos do nothing for me, although I love them in ice cream.

I never cared for Chip Ahoys, although the chewy ones are almost as good as the Soft Batch.

I hate Famous Amos, but love Mrs. Fields.

I haven't had the Grandma cookies in a while. Those are usually sold in packs of two at liquor stores. They used to be $.59 and had three different flavors that were delicious. They weren't so soft that they'd crumble all over the place as you were driving and eating them after putting gas in your car.

I believe Mother's went out of business. But they used to have a small, square chocolate chip cookie that was white. They were called "angels", and they did taste like something sent from heaven. For some reason, I had the hardest time trying to find those.

Okay, I'm off to bed. Still jonesing, but not as bad. Instead of dreams of sheep jumping over me, it'll be cookies gliding over a tall glass of milk. Maybe I'll have a bowl of Cookie Crisp in the morning (is there a worse cereal around in terms of health?)

Tell me which kinds of cookies I missed on this list. And what the cereal makers can create to top Cookie Crisp. I'm guessing some kind of brownie bits cereal is probably in the works at General Mills.

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PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 1:36 a.m.

1-I thought Girl Scout Thin Mints were still going without the trans-fats we all love so dearly. Maybe they're one of the few companies that saw the error of their ways... 2-I've never had a Snickerdoodle. Sounds like something my mother would ask if I farted loud. 3-I HATE nuts or oatmeal in my cookies. My grandmother made a mean peanut butter drop cookie with the fork lines though. 4-Nutter Butters are the s*iiiiiiiiiiiiit! 5-Double Stuf Oreos are God's gift to fat tubs of lard such as myself. 6-Chips Ahoy are great for dunking in beer. Yes,you read that correctly. Try it sometime. You'll thank me later. 7-Famous Amos and Mrs.Fields are about the same. It's like the difference between Wetzel's Pretzel's and Aunt Annie's. 8-Grandma's cookies are still around. Frito-Lay makes 'em. 9-When you speak of Animal Cookies,do you mean these? http://motherscookies.com/ Those frosted Circus Animal cookies give me a raging hard on everytime. 10-I'm a mint freak. What do you think about Keebler's Grasshopper cookies?


sattin Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:35 a.m.

There used to be a cookie called "Burry's." I think I got that name right. It was a sandwich cookie, like an Oreo, but much better. The stuff inside was soft and fudgy, and the cookie itself was chewy. It had a hole in the middle, and I used to poke out the fudgy center and drop it into my milk when I was a kid. Yum! I don't see those anywhere now.

Chocolate chip cookies should only be made with bittersweet (dark) chocolate. That's why you don't like the ones with M & M's.

And why don't you like Famous Amos? Are you racist or something?


RRwriter Sept. 24, 2009 @ 7:12 a.m.

Have you been to Biff's Cookies in Hilcrest? Delicious! And you can just buy one with a little elementary school milk. You can get your fix and not bring a whole box home. My favorite is the peanut butter chocolate chip.


TFB Sept. 24, 2009 @ 8:19 a.m.

I didn't think there was a topic you could talk about for as long as music, movies, and sports. There is...sweets.

Reminds me of the George Harrison song on the White Album. "...You'll have to have them all pulled out, after the Savoy Truffle..." My favorite line is "coconut fudge really blows down those blues." Yeah it does!

And your statement is correct - there can never...ever...be too much chocolate.


CuddleFish Sept. 24, 2009 @ 8:38 a.m.

Chocolate chip cookies without nuts??? Are you high???

The best midrange cookie on the market IMO is Pepperidge Farm. They are crispy, light, and big. I like the white chocolate and Macadamia, but any of them are good.

The best cookies generally are homemade. At Christmas I make a huge assortment of just regular everyday cookies and a few that are seasonal, gingerbread men, spritz with the glittery topping, different breads like cranberry nut which I slice thin, put them on Christmas trays and give them to neighbors, friends, families I know that don't bake themselves on the holidays. It takes about a day to do the work, and shhhh, we eat more of our share than we should, plus the leftovers, that on top of the pies I bake.

My Aunt Janie used to do this every year, bring a huge tray of cookies and fudge at Christmas. I got the tradition from her. One year I didn't do it and all year I heard, I missed your cookies at Christmas!

I just realized, I've been baking Christmas cookies for nigh on 30 years! Lord!


Josh Board Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:55 a.m.

Fish, it's cool that you do that. Us non-bakers appreciate it. And, since I had a stepdad that was a mailman, he often brought home treats like that given to him by the folks on his route. Boy, we were some Jews that loved us some Christmas time!

PP: Double stuff Oreos are better. But, I've come to the conclusion that I just don't care for the crunchier cookies as much. And, Hydrox aren't as good as Oreo's, wouldn't you agree?

When I say I don't like Famous Amos, I should explain. I'm referring to those little packages, with those tiny, hard cookies. If they make other cookies, and have a stand in the mall like Mrs. Fields, I'm not aware of it. But I'm sure those cookies would be good, too. (I think that guy had a funny cameo on Taxi once...Jim might've been stoned and craving cookies, and had a vision that he was visited by him).

I've had the Keebler Grasshoppers, and they're great. A few of the cookie companies have gotten some good mint flavored cookies, realizing they were missing out on the Thin Mint market!

The best ice cream thing out right now, is the Toll House thing. Can't remember what it's called, but it looks like the Chipwiche (which was also awesome).

I've tried a few of the Pepperidge Farm brands, and didn't care for them. I think the make a waffer cookie that isn't half bad.

I see ads for Biff's in Hillcrest, but I've never seen it in Hillcrest. If I do, I'll stop and try it. I know the cupcake places my girlfriend and I have tried, we're ALWAYS disappointed by. Cookie places, we're usually happy with!


PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:05 p.m.

"Boy, we were some Jews that loved us some Christmas time!" I literally choked on my cigarette while laughing at that line.

Hydrox sucked. Something about the filling wasn't kosher.

The only Pepperidge Farms I buy are the Mint Milanos and Mint Pirouettes.

As for ice cream,I love me some mint Drumsticks or thick Klondike Bars.


FullFlavorPike Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:20 p.m.

At The Linkery, they do this incredible ice cream sandwich. It's comprised of these incredible toffee cookies encasing a lardon (high octane fried bacon) ice cream. The whole thing is topped with candied bacon and served with (if memory serves) an exquisitely light caramel sauce. It rocks my face off of my face and onto someone else's face, forever. Of course, I'm particularly susceptible to this sort of thing because--during my pastry chef'ing days--I obsessively put bacon into everything sweet. Choclate bacon cupcake, anyone? Bacon cannoli? Bacon mocha latte topped with a bacon whipped cream?


CuddleFish Sept. 24, 2009 @ 12:38 p.m.

"Boy, we were some Jews that loved us some Christmas time!"

LOL Awww, bless! xxxx

Pike, I'm loving you more and more each day! xxxxxxx


PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 2:10 p.m.

I love bacon. I love chocolate. This year at the fair I noticed they were selling some sort of deep fried bacon/chocolate concoction. It didn't sound real appetizing. However,I used to to dunk Chips Ahoy into beer and enjoyed that immensely so I guess it's just a matter of objectivity.

If you guys really want to try something sweet,try this-make a sandwich out of two Little Debbie cosmic brownies and a rice krispie treat. Devour immediately.


Josh Board Sept. 24, 2009 @ 3:30 p.m.

Interesting, Pete. I always thought with Hydrox, they weren't as good because of the cookie shell. I've had mud pies made with Hydrox, and they weren't as good because of that. I figured the filling probably tasted enough like Orea that I couldn't tell.

On a side note: had lunch at Carls Jr. today, 'cause, that's how I roll. And they have the best chocolate chip cookies of any fast food joint.

Holy cow...I never knew they made mint drum sticks. I'll be on the war path for one of those. I love the chocolate ones, and those King Kong drumstick thingies they have at 7-11.

Regarding Klondike Bars, I always liked the commercial asking "what would you do for a Klondike Bar?" Because, I'd consider going into a bar in Hillcrest and doing some things for a Klondike bar!

Pike: that bacon stuff sounds disgusting! But where is the Linkery?

Oh and Pete, I'm not a beer drinker, but can understand the beer/cookie combo working. My friend was in a bar in Germany years ago, and said they set out ice cream bars (fudgsicles, popscicles and creamscicle bars). He said they went wonderfully with the brew.


cardig Sept. 24, 2009 @ 5:16 p.m.

Do-Biz cookies are the best by far. In the midwest, but will ship to you. http://www.do-biz.com/

They always used an ice cream scoop to plop the dough on the sheets for baking. Once done, you end up with a supersized cookie the size of a smashed softball. To good to describe!


Josh Board Sept. 24, 2009 @ 6:50 p.m.

It's funny that there are some cookies and candies that were regional.

On Conan O'Briens old show, he did this bit with this meek little guy named Piere Bernard that works on his show. It was called "Recliner of Rage" and he would rant about something. One time, it was about not being able to get mallomars during certain times of the year.

I've never had one, but heard they don't make them during the summer months because they'd melt during shipping or some such thing.


PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 9:39 p.m.

"Regarding Klondike Bars, I always liked the commercial asking "what would you do for a Klondike Bar?" Because, I'd consider going into a bar in Hillcrest and doing some things for a Klondike bar!"

ROTFLMMFAO!!!!!! I'm going to have nightmares over this one. :-P The Germans were emphatic about chocolate and beer. There's something almost sensual about eating a Herhey bar and drinking a darker beer.


Russ Lewis Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:02 p.m.

(#13) "It's funny that there are some cookies and candies that were regional."

Actually, Josh, lots of foods are regional; in fact, there's a whole book devoted to them: Food Finds, a book full of food vendors who make micro-batches of, say, pasta sauce or cookies or candy that is only sold through retailers in that town or maybe through the mail. There are even some vendors in town here that are represented; if I were going on a road trip, I'd be sure to take that book with me. Not surprisingly, some food network has developed a show around it called, I think, Food Finds (http://www.fineliving.com/fine/food_finds/article).

Somebody tell me where I can buy Owl potato chips in San Diego. Pete?


PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 10:59 p.m.

Hmmmm. That's a tough one. I haven't had Owl chips in almost 20 years. They were considered the Jay's chips of Indianhead country while I was growing up. This is the best I could do. The link was from Wise chip's website. http://stores.shop.ebay.com/The-Wise-Store__W0QQ_armrsZ1QQ_fsubZ15562902


FullFlavorPike Sept. 24, 2009 @ 11 p.m.

Josh: Linkery's in North Park, 30th and University, or maybe one block south of that. Best eats I've had in the area, by far. They do all their own curing and mock up a superb menu every day. Also, they do some of the weird stuff that I really like: chicken feet, head cheese, bacon dessert, etc. Great beer selection, too, as well as far and away the best table/bar service I've received in the past couple of months.

I should stop, as I am GUSHING.

Best Regional Food of All Time, Ever, in Any Place: Moxie. All the way, baby.


PistolPete Sept. 24, 2009 @ 11:08 p.m.

I grew up on Owl(Wise)Chips,Jay's Chips,Old Dutch Chips and Vitner's Chips. All of these were Midwest originals.


Russ Lewis Sept. 24, 2009 @ 11:20 p.m.

There used to be some joint around town that sold Owl or Wise potato chips, according to some review by Naomi Wise or whoever, but that review is nowhere to be found on the Reader website, so I suspect the restaurant is gone too.


Josh Board Sept. 25, 2009 @ 1:14 a.m.

Thanks, Pike. I'll give it a try, and report back. Is Moxie also located in town?


Crissyst Oct. 1, 2009 @ 12:32 a.m.

I'm going to sound like a simpleton but I like the cookies from the Barona Casino buffet. Their dessert station has these amazing marzipan cookies.. I really love almondy tasting confections. And now they also serve tasty saucer size peanut butter and oatmeal raisin cookies. For some strange reason their regular no frills coffee compliments these sugary treats so well.


Josh Board Oct. 2, 2009 @ 9:04 a.m.

When my grandmother was alive, there was some bus that took her from LA to Barona, so I'd always meet her there. And I gotta say, the dessert section of Barona rocks! They had real ice cream. Nothing I hate more than the crappy soft serve that so many buffets have. Now, good soft serve at Dairy Queen or somewhere, is fine. But those buffets...never good. You have to pile on the chocolate chips or M&Ms to give it some good chocolate flavor.

Never had a marzipan, though.


Josh Board Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:16 p.m.

Cookie update: was at Barona casino yesterday, and their desserts rocked. The food, not as much. Stick with the turkey and mashed potatoes, though, and you can't go wrong. Anywhoooo...the small chocolate chip cookies were hard and gross. The big ones were soft, chewy, and delicious. I had a raisin one, too. But my girlfriend ate that when I got back to the table, and I was too lazy to go get myself another one.


PistolPete Oct. 9, 2009 @ 4:24 p.m.

Believe it or not,the best buffet deserts are at Hometown/Old Country/Country buffets. I'll check those cookies out the next time I'm there though.


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