Food Types Archives: Cookies

Interview: Adam Koven, CEO of The Cravory

The Cravory is one of my favorite cookie bakers in San Diego. From both a technical and creative standpoint, their cookies are excellent, especially the chocolate truffle and red velvet cake . Check out my interview with Adam Koven, one of the creators of the company, on

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PB&J Treats to celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

San Diego Sugar | Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookie at Zanzibar

How many sandwiches have not one, but TWO songs inspired by the ingredients? I’m going to guess there’s only one: the mighty peanut butter and jelly. Biting into a standard PB&J sandwich is a fine enough way to celebrate International Peanut Butter and Jelly Day (April 2nd, 2012), but there are a few tastier (and sweeter) alternatives in San Diego, namely the PB&J cookie at Zanzibar, or the peanut butter and jam-inspired dessert at the Grant Grill.

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Recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

San Diego Sugar | Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Even though I don’t venture out for cupcakes, ice cream, or sweet eats every day, there is one thing I indulge in on a daily basis: homemade cookies. Over the past year, I’ve experimented with several different recipes, and found some favorites. This recipe for peanut butter chip cookies is one of them.

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San Diego’s Best Exotic Cookies

San Diego Sugar | Exotic Cookies in San Diego

Awhile back, I faced a very exciting challenge: find the best exotic cookies in San Diego. The discoveries became part of “Cookie Crazed” a 1-page spread in San Diego Magazine. Click through to read more, and find out the best spots to stock your cookie jar.

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New Cookie Flavors from Kuba Kreations

San Diego Sugar | Kuba Kreations Cookies

One of my favorite perks about my gig at San Diego Magazine is the opportunity to try new restaurants and indulge in sweets. At a recent photo shoot for the Cookie Crazed page in the October issue, several of the bakers who had cookies featured sent over a box full of different flavors, which meant there was a whole lot of taste testing to do.

One such baker was Kuba Kreations, whose top three flavors inspired this Cookie Poll. Recently, I had the good fortune of having a second box of cookies from Erin, the baker behind the cookies, fall into my lap. Along with the tasty lemon lavender cookies, there were some new flavors, the best of which were Chocolate Fleur de Sel and Pina Colada.

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Cookies from Specialty’s

San Diego Sugar | Cookies from Specialty's

I’d heard good things about Specialty’s months ago, but until the downtown location opened, I hadn’t had a chance to sample their cookies. Overall, the shop does several things right (including having iPod ordering stations, free (validated) parking, wi-fi, and plenty of seating) but their Monday-Friday hours mean only workday cookie cravings can be satisfied. Luckily, the downtown location is just far enough from work to count as going for a walk, and there are plenty of tempting sweets on the menu (in addition to the standard lunch fare like soups, sandwiches, and salads).

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Cheap Thrills: Triple Chocolate Cookies from Con Pane

San Diego Sugar | Triple Chocolate Cookies from Con-Pane

Is there anything better than a chocolate chip cookie when you’re craving something sweet? For me, few things are as satisfying as a chewy cookie loaded with rich chunks of dark chocolate. I’ve been sampling chocolate chip cookies all over town, and so far, Con Pane’s are the best.

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Oatmeal Mango Cookie from Influx Cafe

San Diego Sugar | Close Up of Oatmeal Mango Cookie from Influx Cafe

Given the choice between chocolate chip, peanut butter, ginger, and oatmeal cookies, you might be surprised to see an essentially colorless lump of baked dough featured for Influx Cafe. But to write off the tastiness of this cookie based on appearance alone would be a shame.

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Chocolate Macaron from Lisko Imports

San Diego Sugar | Close-up of Chocolate Macaron from Lisko Imports

Macarons aren’t something I come across very often, so when I spied a display of giant macarons at the Lisko Imports table at the Little Italy Mercato, I had to have one. Four flavors were available, including chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and pistachio. Even though I was initially tempted to get three cookies for $8, I played it safe, sticking with one chocolate macaron for $3 — a very reasonable price, considering the cookie was the size of my palm (and macarons are always pricey).

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Ghirardelli’s Massive Chocolate Chip Cookie

San Diego Sugar - Huge chocolate chip cookie from Ghiardelli

I’ve been on a cookie kick lately — both at home (experimenting with new recipes) and by testing store-bought cookies. After raving about the 33 cent cookies from Albertsons, I thought it was only right to sample a gourmet cookie on the opposite side of the spectrum — in this case, a massive chocolate chip cookie from Ghirardelli.

$4 is a lot to spend on one cookie, but since we’d just run out of cookie dough at home, it seemed reasonable to splurge a cookie big enough for two people to split.

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