1603 NE Killingsworth St. – Portland
This is really more like a tiny cake – or a “cake-let” – than it is a cookie, if you want my opinion. (And if you’re reading this, you clearly do want my opinion.) No, I cannot back up that declaration academically. All I can tell you is that when I think of a molasses cookie, this is what comes into my head. Or this. Or anythingI’ve written about under the “ginger molasses” pull-category over to the right.
Sweet Life Patisserie
755 Monroe St – Eugene, OR
My 2-3x/year trips to Eugene are nearly always capped with a stop by Sweet Life on my way out of town. By “nearly always” I mean always.
And not for nostalgia’s sake. Yes, I (more or less) lived in that city from the moment I left my mama’s womb to the time of my first legal cocktail, which I’m just now for the first time in my life
3402 SE Division. Portland
First thing’s first: it’s not really a “gingersnap.” This is not a criticism; most days I would rather eat a soft, chewy ginger molasses cookie than a crispy, brittle one. (Not that a very good gingersnap doesn’t have its place in the world. It totally does.)
That being said, while not necessarily an earth-shattering ginger molasses, it is certainly a solid option – not shy on spice and flavor and overall pretty satisfying.
Note: I thought it tasted even better two days later than it did freshy-baked. Only a well-made, not over baked cookie will pass this integrity/longevity test.
Red Wagon Creamery
55 West Broadway – Eugene, OR
It has been a long time since I ate a cookie good enough to talk about.
But I finally did. Last week. In my hometown. Not at a bakery, even. But at an ice cream joint called Red Wagon Creamery. They make very good ice cream*, but whomever they’ve got in charge of the cookies is no dummy, either.
Whole Foods Market
NE 15th/Fremont – Portland*
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this a couple (or 9) times already, but my fondness for ginger molasses cookies runs deep. I LOVE them. Love.
Which means I’ve eaten (and written about) a lot of different ginger molasses cookies.
Bushel & Peck Bakeshop
3907 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – Portland
I know I just wrote that I’m having a chocolate chip moment. But my current jam? Sesame seeds. Sesame seeds in sweets, specifically. A drizzle of tahini (sesame butter) and honey with a sprinkle of sea salt on vanilla ice cream? I’m serious. It’s perfect. Do it!