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Feb 6, 2009 04:09 PM

best cookies (to ship out of state)

A lawyer friend recently gave me some pro bono advice, and I want to
send some goodies..... he loves cookies. He is in PA, and in the past
I have sent from some Philly bakeries, but I would like to send from
here. I feel that Rocco and Veneiro are kind of slipping...... any
suggestions for great cookie tins or assorments?


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  1. some people swear by the cookies from Levain Bakery, and you can order them online & have them shipped...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      wow, those prices seem insane!

      How much do they cost at Levain?

    2. Momofuku Milk Bar will have some cookies he can't get in Philly

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      1. re: hungrycomposer

        I should clarify, he is in Harrisburg, not Philly, and would like some variety in the assortment.
        His tastes are pretty traditional. Thanks, Kaymae

      2. Ruby et Violette
        they have some great flavors
        and you can't go wrong with Levain for chocolate chip

        1. I would go with cookies from Levain. Not a fan of Veneiro's.

          1. veniero's pignolli cookies are still good. Bruno's cookies are good, Bleecker St. bakery is good.
            Kathleen's in Southhampton has good chocolate chip. I get confused whether Tate's is Kathleen and the store name stayed the same.

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            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Thank you all for the suggestions! ( I didn't even know about Bruno, I will try them
              for myself...I'm Italian-American), though it doesn't look like they ship. .
              I don't mind spending money, but I think $6 a cookie is a little much, and I don't
              need cookies that huge (Levain) -- I'd rather just send just regular, good cookies
              with variety ~ I will check out all these suggestions! And while we're on the sweets topic, can I expand this a little to ask one more thing? Does anyone here know
              where I can get outstanding Baba au rhum (without cream)? My recent disenchantment with Rocco came after 2 experiences with bad Baba that had been
              overdrenched & tasted awful. It is one of my favorite desserts, but if it sits around,

              1. re: KayMae

                I'm sorry to say that, in my opinion, Rocco's is the best Italian pastry place in Manhattan. If you want better, you need to go to the Outer Boroughs. Post there for recommendations of better places.

                1. re: Pan

                  I've been in NYC for almost 20 years, and I've felt that way as well, having eaten
                  many a pastry at Rocco. But as I said, on 2 occasions within the last few months, not only the baba but also some pignoli cookies I bought were simply not like they used to be. I never go to the outer boroughs, so there is no point in my posting there. I have plenty of options from the suggestions here....