When there’s no time for homemade cookies, try these three cookies made in Georgia.
Dexter Myers is a man of many talents. An indie music pioneer, he also loves to bake. On the road with his act, he’d serve cookies to his fans. One thing led to another, and Dexter Myers Cookies was born almost a decade ago. His cookies are soft and cake-like, filled with nuts and chocolate and fruit. We sampled his new Strawberry Lemonade cookies. You taste the butter, the lemon zest, the white chocolate and the bits of preserved strawberry. There’s also “The Crooner” with chocolate, caramel and strawberry or “The Bacon Bossanova” with chocolate and bits of bacon. Sweet and salt in one cookie. He calls them shortbread. We call them delicious.
$8 per bag of 10 cookies. Available at The Beehive, 1250 Caroline Street, Atlanta. Or order online for local delivery. http://dextermyers.com
If you’ve been around Georgia for even just a few years, you must have run into Byrd Cookie Company’s sweet little powdered sugar-covered cookies. I remember my first Key Lime Cooler many years ago. A burst of citrus, that dusting of sugar, the little metal tin that kept those precious cookies from crumbling – that cookie has stayed in my memory. Recently we tried their Georgia Peach cookies. After over 90 years, the Savannah-based bakery still has the touch. They also make savory cookies like their Cheddar Pecan Biscuits and classic Benne Bits as well and you can order a charming glass cookie jar to show off their treats. Visit their shop in Savannah or set up a group and take one of their bakery tours. Or buy your cookies here in metro Atlanta.
$15.95 per 16-ounce bag or $10.95 for 6-ounce Georgia tin. Available at Casabella, 4400 Roswell Road, Marietta; It’s About Atlanta, 1 CNN Center, Suite 216, Atlanta; Georgia Gifts and More, 3781 Presidential Parkway, Suite 137, Atlanta; Alpharetta and Ponce City Market Williams Sonoma shops and at select Kroger stores. http://byrdcookiecompany.com
Chocolate and Ginger
There’s a charming black-white-and-red retail shop in Sandy Springs where the staff and the customers are all about gingersnaps. The shop is Susansnaps, offering gingersnaps in five flavors – Susansnaps (traditional), Citrussnaps, Cocoasnaps, Alohasnaps and Pnuttysnaps. I picked up my bag of Cocoasnaps at Turnip Greens in Darien but you don’t have to travel that far to try these. Pick up these crisp little cookies in Sandy Springs or order online. The recipes are based on Laura Stachler’s home baking. She started making gingersnaps as a way to provide soothing treats for her husband and daughter Susan as they were going through cancer treatment. Now she’s making them in much bigger quantities so you can share them with your family and friends.
$10.95 per 8-ounce bag with 20 cookies. Susansnaps, 229 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. http://susansnaps.com.