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opinionatedchef Sep 9, 2012 11:02 PM

Has anyone tried these? We are huge fans of WPF breads , and My Love brought home some cookies from the Somerville store the other day. Chocolate, and Peanut Butter (i think) and some 3rd kind. They were each flat and lifeless and as dry as could be. Was my experience a fluke? thx much.

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    treb Sep 10, 2012 06:14 AM

    It's a commercial cookie. I'd opt for a hand made version.

    1. opinionatedchef Sep 13, 2012 07:54 AM

      Really? No one else has had these cookies?

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      1. re: opinionatedchef
        Science Chick Sep 13, 2012 08:34 AM

        I recall getting one once in Coolidge Corner. It was not memorable.

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          opinionatedchef Sep 13, 2012 05:12 PM

          well phooey, sc ! i want them to be consistently brilliant!

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            mjg0725 Sep 13, 2012 05:29 PM

            Recall trying a cookie sample at their flagship store one time the size of a cow pie and it was dry as dirt.

      2. Science Chick Sep 14, 2012 05:03 AM

        As a comparison, and worth mentioning......I found myself at Iggy's last Friday and purchasing 2 of their cookies. Wow! I wish these were available at off site stores that carry the bread. Are they? I had a couple of the jam-filled almond cookies, and the caramel-filled cocoa cookie. They were buttery, flavorful, not-too-sweet, with an awesome shortbread texture. I may have to make an effort to get to their main store more often.........

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          opinionatedchef Sep 14, 2012 03:23 PM

          well sc chick, i continue to thank the powers that be- that you post here! Iggy's does introduce new items and i do forget that. I see that we will be out tomorr., stopping there and this Cow and Crumb place i'd never heard of. Chapeaux!

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            Science Chick Sep 15, 2012 06:35 AM

            Back 'atcha OC! Let me know if you try any of the other cookies they had there. Actually, lots of nice baked goods to try there, aside from their usual wonderful breads. Again, I ask the hounds......does anywhere else sell Iggy's cookies/baked goods?

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              Parsnipity Sep 15, 2012 09:58 AM

              The pecan sticky buns are fantastic. Haven't seen them anywhere other than their bakery.

            2. re: opinionatedchef
              catsmeow Sep 15, 2012 06:43 AM

              I looked up Cow and Crumb and couldn't find a storefront listed. It appears they only do mail order. Does anyone know if there is a storefront?

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                calvnhobs6 Sep 15, 2012 09:26 AM

                No storefront for C&C. However if you call, I think she can deliver same day around Cambridge or meet you somewhere. Usually they just do mail-order.

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                  opinionatedchef Sep 15, 2012 11:19 AM

                  hey 6, where did you get yours? or are you on the 'wanna' bus w/ us? (you driving that is!)

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                    calvnhobs6 Sep 15, 2012 11:30 AM

                    Haha, no I mail ordered them for myself a while back! Enjoy, I know you'll love them. My favorites were the L'orange cookies.

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                      opinionatedchef Sep 15, 2012 11:57 AM

                      yes, those were the very ones that pulsed neon when i saw the list of them!

            3. re: Science Chick
              Madrid Sep 15, 2012 08:54 AM

              I've never seen the cookies at the farmers markets Iggy's is at. next time I will ask, or demand them!

            4. Allstonian Sep 14, 2012 06:00 AM

              To be honest, while I occasionally enjoy WPF breads, I've never liked anything else I've had from them, and I have to be in the right mood even for the breads, which are very heavy and not always to my taste. Definitely NOT "consistently brilliant" in my book.

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                enhF94 Sep 14, 2012 06:49 AM

                this. They remind me of the Great Harvest franchise explosion of the 80s: great because my only experience had been wonder bread.

                I put WPF squarely in the "toppings make the pizza great" camp of bread making, whereas I am in the "crust makes the pizza great" school. That camp isn't evil, it's just not my thing. I wouldn't refuse WPF or turn up my nose; I just never, ever, happen to shop there.

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                  opinionatedchef Sep 14, 2012 03:14 PM

                  Great Harvest?ooooh YIKers,94. In my book, that's like saying Strip T's burger is like McD's. well,with our help, the world does go 'round doesn't it. I comp agree w/ your focus on crust as well as toppings. completely. but I also just love the 'base' (if it is, indeed, a common base) that WPF works from, so packed with flavor, moist density, and interesting combos. I only usually buy the sauerkraut rye and dark rye for myself, but My Love has to have his Harvest. And some of the sweeter ones- Sugared Lemon blueberry raspberry hazelnut, and Chocolate bread- we occas get for french toast.

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                calvnhobs6 Sep 14, 2012 06:23 AM

                Not exactly the same thing, but Cow & Crumb bakery in Cambridge does mail-order cookies, although I believe you can arrange for local pick up, and I've definitely seen them around at some farmer's markets. Unbelievably good cookies - much thicker (and more interesting variety) than regular cookies, and they last and stay fresh for a pretty long time. We ordered a bunch for a Christmas party, they were a big hit. http://www.cowandcrumb.com/

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                  opinionatedchef Sep 14, 2012 03:07 PM

                  gee thnx. i never ever heard of them? ! (what's MY problem?) I'll be there tomorrow; thx so much!

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                    azra Feb 1, 2013 10:32 PM

                    Anyone know what's up with Cow & Crumb? Their webstore has been closed for a few weeks or more.

                    Where else can I get an amazingly rich and buttery and not too sweet shortbread cookie? Or a great shortbread cookie with nuts. The shortbread cookies from Lakota may be the best I've been able to find, and I have been disappointed at countless other bakeries.

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                      opinionatedchef Feb 5, 2013 03:44 PM

                      Ii'm not really a Lakota fan because their icings are confectioners sugar and margerine/crisco iirc, and i believe they do not use 100% butter in their cookies. The Effie's Oatcakes(dave's pasta; whole foods; formaggio) are excellent and shortbread-related. The ____Lark cookies at Formaggio have shortbread-like ingredients but are not sandy. I hate cloyingly sweet cookies so none of the above are super sweet. Vickie Lee Boyajian in Belmont has some good quality products too.

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                    Scruffy The Cat Sep 15, 2012 03:40 PM

                    Sad, but every cookie I have had from WPF has been terrible. We also noticed a significant decline in their baguettes last year and stopped buying them. The breads with stuff in them can be fun, but the bloom is off the rose.

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