Thursday, March 6, 2014

Insomnia Cookies Part 2 - Philadelphia, PA

Insomnia Cookies Part 2 - Philadelphia, PA
Since yesterday's post was getting a little out of hand, I broke my Insomnia Cookies review into two parts. Check out yesterday's post to see my thoughts on this company, the packaging, and their chocolate chip cookie.

I wasn't head over heels in love with the chocolate chip (even though it was delicious), but there are still 4 more delicious cookies to review!
First up...
Peanut Butter Cookie with Peanut Butter Chips

During my high school years I had friends who were obsessed with peanut butter. They would eat Reeses Pieces as if they were crack, and they'd get peanut butter sundaes and milkshakes whenever we went to Friendly's (where all of us worked at the time). I never understood the appeal.

Sure, I liked peanut butter when I was younger, but I wasn't crazy about it.

I don't really know what changed, but now that I'm older I love peanut butter cookies, and the ones from Insomnia Cookies are absolutely amazing.
When it was fresh from the oven the cookie was incredibly soft, the peanut butter chips were partially melted, and it had a strong peanut butter aroma mixed with a buttery short bread cookie. Unless you're allergic, I think the scent alone is enough to convert any peanut butter hater. It cooled by the time I got home to take photos, and the chips re-solidified, but the cookie stayed nice and soft.

I ate a little bit of the cookie when it was warm, and it was so delicious I don't even know how to form my experience into words. I rarely go absolutely over the moon for a bakery item, but this cookie is heavenly. When the cookie cooled down it lost some of it's melt-y goodness, but it was still PACKED with peanut butter flavor. This tastes like real spoonfuls of peanut butter mixed with short bread cookies, mixed with the Gone Nutty peanut butter Pop-Tart. I am in love with this cookie and, even though I am cheap, I would totally shell out the money for a dozen more.
Next up...
 Double Chocolate Chunk
Sadly, as wowed as I was by the peanut butter cookie, I was just as disappointed in this one. At a glance it reminded me of the Chocolate Duet cookie from Panera, but this just includes normal chocolate chunks, not a mixture of milk chocolate and white like Panera's Duet. I ate one of these when warm and the chocolate was delicious and melty, but the cookie itself is a little bland. It's sweet with a bit of cocoa flavoring, but after having my mind blown by the peanut butter, this wasn't going to cut it. 

Once cooked the cookie becomes more crunchy than chewy, and I thought the crunchiness actually helped it taste a little better. The texture reminded me a the crispy edges of a brownie, but the chocolatey flavor wasn't strong enough. This one is very similar to the Chocolate chip. It's yummy, but I want more bang for my buck.
Another Baking Staple...
m&m Cookie
This is a cookie I don't quite understand. Can someone explain why m&m cookies are different than a chocolate chip? I am guessing people like the crunch of the candy coating, but when compared to the chocolate chunk, this has way less chocolate.

Out of all the cookies I bought at Insomnia this was my least favorite. To me, this tasted like a poor man's version of the chocolate chunk variety. There is less chocolate and more cookie, so it you prefer that ratio this might be the cookie for you, but I think it tasted a little bland. I never understood the allure of an m&m cookie over a normal chocolate chip one, and I don't think I ever will.
Last but not least...
 Oatmeal Raisin
After two duds, I am really happy that I can end things on a high note, I freaking love this cookie. The oatmeal raisin at Insomnia is thick, chewy, and full of raisins.

Oatmeal cookies are one of my absolute favorites, and one of my biggest pet peeves is when they are dry and flavorless. This cookie is perfect. It has a dense, chewy center, a slightly crisp outside, a fantastic blend of cinnamon, and a ton of raisins. I was able to get raisins in every bite.
I sadly didn't get to eat this one when it was warm (my stomach was full of cookie), but I can only imagine that it would taste even better. Oatmeal cookies aren't for everybody, I know a lot of people who aren't a fan, but this is really delicious. I want to crumble them up and eat them in a bowl of milk like cereal.

Insomnia Cookies are expensive, and I am cheap, but even I would spend money on these oatmeal and peanut butter cookies. The ones from my cookbook just can't compare (yet). As for the other three, I think they are delicious, after all it's pretty hard to make a truly awful cookie, but I rather spend my money on something that is better than what I can make at home.
© Maria Smith
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