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DECEMBER 11, 2006
Vosges Barely Baked Cookies

Cookies Who doesn't like a great cookie? I'm always on the hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie and I think the search can finally end. Growing up, people who lived in my hometown were spoiled by Carol's Cookies -- an independent bake shop (she started baking the cookies out of her kitchen before a local gourmet grocery picked them up). I thought Carol's were the be all end all to cookiedom: all natural, half-pound bundles of yumminess in a variety of flavors.

But then I discovered that Vosges Haut-Chocolat, the high-end Chicago-based Chocolatier, partnered with Carol to create Vosges Barely Baked Cookies -- five flavors of scrumptious, eclectic ingredients based on Carol's unique and incredible recipe.

I sampled -- and loved -- four of the five: Bianca (Vosges Bianca cocoa -- lavender, Australian lemon myrtle, white chocolate -- and fresh coconut), Red Fire (red fire dark chocolate chunks -- ancho and chipotle chili peppers, Ceylon cinnamon -- with cocoa powder), Naga (sweet Indian curry powder, milk chocolate chunks made from Woolloomooloo chips: macadamia nut, hemp seed, coconut plus pumpkin purée and fresh coconut) and Costa Rican (single origin Costa Rican dark chocolate chunks made of 64% cacao).

It's hard to pick a favorite, but being that I'm always scouting the perfect chocolate chip cookie, I'd have to go with the Costa Rican. While $5.50 might seem extravagent for a cookie, you'd better believe you're getting your money's worth. Just don't eat the whole thing at once -- you'll be disappointed when it's gone.

Order Vosges Barely-Baked Cookies online and be sure to visit Carol's Cookies, too, but wait until after the holidays as they are swamped with current orders. You can also buy Carol's Cookies in many spots around the country.

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