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AnneInMpls Mar 8, 2007 01:08 PM

Someone recently did me a big favor, and I want to send them some cookies as a thank-you (chocolate chip, or snickerdoodle, or ginger, or peanut butter, or something simple and traditional). But I don't have time to make them myself, just now.

Are there any bakeries in the Twin Cities with great cookies that look home-made? And that aren't too too too terribly expensive for a couple dozen? If I only needed a few cookies, I'd go to the Wedge or Birchwood Cafe, but two dozen would require some serious cash (it wasn't THAT big of a favor).

Thanks,
Anne

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    St Paul Susie Mar 8, 2007 01:15 PM

    Breadsmith's can pose as homemade!

    Keys?

    You can get the Key's cookie dough at a lot of markets & scoop & bake they are incredible.

    1. mcgeary Mar 8, 2007 06:37 PM

      There's a small business in Minneapolis called Tank Goodness (owned by a family named Tank, wouldntchaknow) that bakes and delivers fresh chocolate-chip cookies. I don't know if $20/dozen, delivery included, is too rich for your blood, but I've heard that the cookies are great. They're using some premium ingredients, too. Here's a link:

      http://tankgoodness.com/tank_prod.htm

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        jennywinker Mar 9, 2007 11:26 AM

        Wow! That is so COOL! I think I'm going to quit my day job...

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          The Dairy Queen Jul 11, 2007 08:30 AM

          Oh no! I was just going to send some of these, and then I saw on their website that it says they deliver to Minneapolis and "immediate area." What does "immediate area" include?

          ~TDQ

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            The Dairy Queen Jul 17, 2007 08:07 AM

            Just a follow-up on this. They will deliver outside of Minneapolis proper, but may tack on a $5-$10 delivery charge, depending on location. Minimum order is two dozen. Since they like to deliver them warm, they ideally like at least one day's notice. They call the recipient about one hour ahead of time to confirm they will be home at the scheduled delivery time.

            They bring the cookies in a take-out-pizza-style box (well, sort of like that) with a note that says what time the cookies were taken out of the oven! In addition, there's a sticker that says "We left two good paying jobs to do this." What a couple of characters.

            Oh, and they include a hand-written (in caligraphy) note from the sender. Lots of really nice, personal touches.

            I only tasted the cookies cold (I'm sure they were deliriously good when they were warm)--they were good, but too sweet for my personal taste. And it was clear that the ingredients were butter, butter and more butter. Yum!

            Great recommendation, thank you. (Or, shall I say, "tank you!)"

            ~TDQ

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            Tank Goodness
            317 W 49th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

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              The Dairy Queen Jul 17, 2007 08:18 AM

              While I've got this thread at the top, adding places links for some of the other bakeries previously mentioned by others in this thread.

              ~TDQ

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              Rustica Bakery
              816 W 46th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419

              Breadsmith Bread Bakery
              1579 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

              Breadsmith
              3939 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55424

              Breadsmith
              1816 Plymouth Rd, Hopkins, MN 55305

              Breadsmith
              1111 W Wayzata Blvd, Long Lake, MN 55356

              Bread & Chocolate
              867 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105

              French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
              2610 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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          St Paul Susie Mar 9, 2007 11:09 AM

          FYI - my hubby has sent & rec'd those Tank's and they are AWESOME

          & you can order ice cold milk as well.

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            jaycooke Mar 9, 2007 11:40 AM

            I agree, those cookies are awesome.

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              soupkitten Mar 12, 2007 06:12 PM

              rustica. they sell 'em by the 1/2 dozen and are way good if you're looking for quality rather than quantity. anybody would be glad to get them.

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                Samanth2 Jul 12, 2007 07:16 AM

                Someone brought me chocolate chip cookies from Rustica just after my daughter was born. Wow, were they fabulous. I think they brown the butter or something, because there is a nice complexity to the chocolate chip cookies that one doesn't find too often. (Of course, I'm also happy to eat a *non* complex chocolate chip cookie, but...this was tasty and interesting!)

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                latte4me Mar 12, 2007 06:59 PM

                What do you define as not "too terribly expensive?" Bread & Chocolate has excellent cookies, could easily pass for homemade, but I think they're approx. $1.25/each. (Although they're quite large - a dozen would be a fine gift)

                1. Jordan Mar 12, 2007 07:09 PM

                  French Meadow's deep dish cookies are excellent and very big. The iced ginger is my favorite, but all the flavors are good. I agree with latte4me regarding price, though.

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                    nieves Jul 17, 2007 08:19 AM

                    I personnally think that the chocolate chip cookies at Lund's are pretty good; chewy and a bit big, but reasonably priced (think 3.50 for 1/2 doz.) and could pass as homemade if you wanted. Maybe I'm not that discerning, but when I don't feel like baking and my husband asks for choc chip, I buy those and he loves them.

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                      Lilbug Jul 17, 2007 10:10 AM

                      Best Maid cookies are great. Originally made in St. Paul, now of River Falls, Wi.
                      Their main business is making dough for other bakeries. I emailed them and they still have a Outlet store on Minnehaha Avenue in Mpls. I believe you can also purchase the dough if you want to bake them yourself.

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