Sunday, October 27, 2013

REVIEW: Milk Jar Cookies



This past weekend I stopped by an adorable little shop on Wilshire: Milk Jar Cookies!

I had heard of this bakery from other vendors at a previous event I had be part of at Whimsic Alley, which is next door.

Their shop is cute and quaint. Looks straight out of a Domino Magazine spead or if Martha Stewart herself had designed it with cute welcome garlands, cake stands, simple uncluttered display cases and  a very inviting window display. These are also a few tables and chairs for seating, a coffee condiment bar and a little window for peeking into the kitchen. 





In the cookie display there are big fluffy cookies of at least 10 variates.  Big, round and lacking the one thing I personally look for in a cookie... GBD. Golden Brown Delicious color. They looked like they had been placed through an instagram filter set on super cute vintage wash out. I should have turned around, but everyone keeps talking about them so I HAD TO TRY THEM.




The menu is big and bright showcasing their cookies, milk, coffee and ice cream offerings. All handwritten on a giant antiqued chalkboard. Cookies range at about $3.00 each with milk and coffee ranging at the same and up from there.


After looking at the cookies, I was determined to sample at least three. This month, their cookie of the month is Pumpkin Pie, so I picked one and after much debating I picked out a chocolate peanut butter and a classic chocolate chip. I didn't stay there to eat but the staff was friendly and quick with service. The cookies are baked onsite and fresh.


On the way home I decided to take a nibble from the pumpkin pie cookie and see what was all up in there. With the first bite I was a little let down. The cookie was TOO SWEET. Like, almost too much sugar, which I didn't know how that is possible. The cookie is also chewy, but not in a "MMMM chewy (BIG SMILES)" way. It's chewy in a "Is this underbaked?" way.

One thing that I have noticed about going to culinary school is that I am hyper-critical of all bakeries. I know that I like and I know what I'm looking for. I'm open to everything, but I'll call a spade a spade. With that, these cookies... I decided to give them another go since I had 2.75 uneatten cookies in my possession. Can't just throw them away!


So the next morning I had the chocolate chip cookie with a tall glass of milk. Biting in was good, still noting the par-bakedness. I slowly made my way to the middle and back out again. Half-way through I decided that I'm not a fan. At all. And now I'm bummed. Bummed that I just don't get it and am disappointed. I'm thinking "did I miss something?" "Should I call them and let them know their cookies are underbaked?" "Do I let them know their cookies need a cup less of sugar?"

The answer to all these questions is no. I'm fine. I just don't enjoy them as much as everyone else. The shop is cute, the people are nice, the prices are reasonable. I just don't like them.

Kinda bummed but you can't win them all.



Cheers!

*i

Milk Jar Cookies
5466 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

P.S. All photos are from Milk Jar Cookies or Yelp!

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