Big Sky Bakery
Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut Cookie
(I purchased mine from the Public Market, but itâ€™s available at the Woodfords location as well)
(My apologies, I forgot the price. Again! It was reasonable, though, I remember that. Good cookies are so distracting.)
Now that the air has cooled I find myself turning to that old breakfast standby: oatmeal. Such simple food, yet so nourishing, so satisfying. Amazing how a few centsâ€™ worth of oats will tide you over until lunch, even if you have a busy morning and lots of leaves to rake.
However, in my mind, there is a clear distinction between a chocolate-chip cookie and an oatmeal chocolate-chip cookie. Oats lend sturdiness, texture, and yes â€“ flavor. Oats in a CCC arenâ€™t an â€˜add-in.â€™ Theyâ€™re a revision (OCCC). Mind you, it can be a tasty revision, as this OCCC from Big Sky proves.
Butter fans, take note! Real creamery taste shines in this cookie, and thereâ€™s just enough salt to cut the rich sweetness. Big Sky is, of course, known for its breads â€“ the Honey Whole Wheat is a staple of the Wakefield household â€“ and while it seems odd to say this, itâ€™s possible to detect the quality flour in Big Skyâ€™s cookie. Itâ€™s oaty, yes, but wheaty too; Iâ€™d be curious to taste a version of this cookie sans oats, just for comparisonâ€™s sake.
Walnut fans, also take note! I do not, for the record, prefer walnuts in my cookies. But these are fresh and flavorful, lacking the bitter tang that plagues cheap (or aged) nuts. As for the chocolate, itâ€™s dark and assertive enough to mingle with all these other flavors, though I wish thereâ€™d been more of it. I say that, though. What really grabbed me about this cookie, and what Iâ€™m remembering now as I write about it, is the phenomenal, comforting, homey taste and mouthfeel of the grains surrounding said chocolate.
I guess this is the only cookie thatâ€™s ever made me crave a bowl of oatmeal. I mean this as a great compliment.