I have this terrible habit of window shopping the Flirt lingerie boutique on the corner of Snelling and Selby whenever I am stuck at that light. Which happens more often than you might think.
The light turns green, and I do not notice, because I am scoping out the gorgeous bras, slips, etc. currently on display in the window. And it changes every week, so really, I am not solely to blame here.
But this review is not about underpants. It is about cookies. Two Smart Cookies to be precise. And don’t let my terrible photography (I was in a hurry to get to a ladies-only Vampire Diaries marathon night) sway your decision. These cookies are worth checking out.
I noticed their little shop one day while stuck at that light, but slightly too far back to get a really good look at what was in the Flirt window. And that’s when I saw it. A beautifully decorated, but unassuming store front labeled Two Smart Cookies.
Adorable name, right? Well, I decided then that I had to stop in and see what was going on. Their hours are a bit funny if you work a typical 9-5 sort of job anywhere other than the Merriam Park neighborhood, but I had a free afternoon one Friday and seized the chance to go.
And what a great choice that was. When I entered and inquired about cookie pricing, I was told it was Finger Food Friday and all cookies were only 75 cents.
That’s when my sense of self-control jumped out of my brain, and started to help me pick out cookies from the case. This place is truly a hidden treasure. It’s been around for 5 years, and obviously does well enough despite the fact that even I hadn’t noticed it until recently.
And the cookies are delicious. I gathered a dedicated team of testers, and we sampled the chai latte, chocolate crinkle, peanut butter, brown butter chocolate chip, white chocolate pistachio, and the shortbread.
The runaway favorites here were the chai latte and the brown butter chocolate chip. The chai latte was delicately spiced, bold with flavor – but not overpowering. If you like chai lattes, and you like cookies, you will love this.
The brown butter chocolate chip was another stand out for us. It’s topped with sea salt which adds a nice twist on the typical chocolate chip, and lent a warmth to the sweetness of the cookie. Definitely would have that again.
In close second were the peanut butter, shortbread, and chocolate crinkle.
We all agreed the peanut butter had an amazing texture and flavor. Not like your typical peanut butter cookie, this was neither chewy, nor dry, instead achieving a melt-in-your-mouth texture that we all quickly identified as being the sensation of eating peanut butter straight from the jar. The flavor was spot on as well.
The shortbread was topped with chocolate ganache (so it earned points with me right off the bat) and had an unexpected almond flavor that went (unsurprisingly) great with the chocolate. We all also agreed that the texture was superb. Not too crumbly, but just dry enough for a shortbread.
The chocolate crinkle was like a brownie/cookie hybrid. Wonderfully chewy, deeply chocolately, and with hints of coffee, it was different than your average chocolate crinkle.
Our one complaint lay with the white chocolate pistachio. We loved the substitution for the usual macadamia nut, and the cookie base was fantastic, but we all agreed there should be more of the chocolate and nuts. The ratio was just a little lacking for our taste, but if there had been more of the chunky goodness, I think it would have been a strong competitor with the brown butter chocolate chip.
Would I go to Two Smart Cookies again? Yes. Especially for their chai latte, peanut butter, and brown butter chocolate chip amazingness.