Back in June, I sampled dish after dish at Taste of Cambridge. One sweet treat that I distinctly remember tasting was the cranberry orange white chocolate cookie from area baker Cow & Crumb. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to meet Cow & Crumb owner and head baker Hilary and learn more about her business. Hilary is an alum of the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and has worked at both Flour and Sofra. She has been selling cookies via her website since 2008 but shifted her full attention to the business in late 2010.
You won’t find brownies or cakes or whoopie pies from Cow & Crumb. Hilary keeps it simple by doing what she knows and loves: cookies. But don’t think that means a limited selection. Hilary bakes up ten varieties and I had the pleasure of sampling the full roster. One of my favorites was the Patriot made with dried cherries, blueberries and white chocolate. The cookie is incredibly dense and chewy, studded with sweet dried fruit and creamy white chocolate.
The cookie that started it all, officially known as C&C L’Orange, with cranberry, coconut, orange zest and white chocolate. The same buttery, chewy consistency as the Patriot, with a tangy citrus flavor throughout.
If you don’t fancy all the bells and whistles of the more inventive varieties, you certainly won’t be disappointed with the Classic Chocolate Chip. Slightly crispy around the edges, thick and chewy in the middle. It is packed with chocolate chips but still maintains a good cookie to chocolate ratio.
The Peanut Butter Pretzel Heaven with pretzel bits, milk chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. A healthy sprinkling of sea salt on top made was an attractive garnish and made for a nice salty-nutty-sweet flavor combination.
Another of my favorites was the Sunrise Fruit and Nut with dried fruit, oats, toasted nuts and very little flour. It’s hearty but the fine texture of the oats and nuts lend a lightness to it. As you can tell, Hilary works magic with dried fruit in her cookies.
Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Raisin- A chewy oatmeal cookie with chocolate covered raisins.
Chocolate Monster- chocolate cookie with toasted walnuts, toffee bits and chocolate chips.
Sugar Sugar- A thick and soft sugar cookie with a double sugar crust of raw and vanilla sugars.
For now, Cow & Crumb cookies are available for order through their website, but they will soon be available on KangoGift and you’ll be able to find Hilary selling them at farmers’ markets in the not too distant future.
Cow and Crumb