While Victory Love + Cookies may well have been taking form when I was a kid baking cookies for sleepovers, it was the diagnosis of cancer in 2006 and the subsequent awakening to my purpose that really kicked it into reality. Up until that timeI had been working as a baker and manager for The Denver Bread Company. I retired to think and heal for a couple of years and when I was clear – in mind and body – I realized I was exactly where I wanted to be – in The Denver Bread Company –working next to who I wanted to be working with – Greg Bortz – and doing what I wanted to be doing – baking. But I wanted todo it my way. Anyone who knows me knows that “my way” is always going to involve lots of cookies and lots of love. So inSeptember 2008, I began selling my cookies at the retail counter of The Denver Bread Company.
$32.00Quite often my customers ask me to choose for them. Kristy’s Pick is an assortment that may contain some perennial favorites as well as a taste of what I am currently dreaming up. So, if you can’t make up your mind or you just want to be one of the first to sample what’s new on the menu, Kristy’s Pick is for you!
After months of “can’t you make a chocolate chip without nuts?” (it got to be like the “are we there yet?” of the cookie world) I finally relented. Grant’s does not have nuts but it does have browned butter for a bit of nuttiness and some ground oats for chew. I have to admit that I should have done it sooner!
This is the classic chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. I can take one look at a cookie – particularly a chocolate chip cookie – and know if I want to eat it. This is the one I want. Awarded best Chocolate Chip cookie in America by both Food and Wine Magazine and Fox news.
A chewy, cinnamon-y oatmeal cookie with both golden and black raisins. My breakfast on many occasions – hey, its oatmeal, its got to be good for you right?
Shortbread is a favorite of my sweetheart’s so of course its important to have around. I vary the flavors to keep it interesting and him interested. The tricks of the trade you know. You might find Meyer Lemon Pine Nut or Espresso Walnut or Lavender or Green Tea Pistachio or or or….
This is a chewy, spicy ginger cookie – not a gingersnap. It is flavored with cinnamon, ginger, allspice, molasses, and enhanced with lots and lots of organic crystallized ginger. This cookie leaves a lovely aftertaste – which usually means that you end up reaching for yet another one! I know I’m not supposed to play favorites but this is my ‘desert island’ cookie. I never get tired of it and it seems that my customers don’t either: year in and year out, Ginger remains our number one best seller!
Black as sin, spicy as the devil, this cookie will wake up even the most jaded monster’s taste buds. Cocoa and bittersweet chocolate combined with cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and black pepper with a velvety texture, Diablo looks so innocent but its naughty. Being bad tastes so good. (Little known fact – this cookie was a Food Network/ Unique Sweets pick but there is only so much air time so it was edited out in favor of Booty Bars and Strawberry Margarita. This is a fabulous cookie!)