Treats from Ovenly
One of my co-workers used to live in Greenpoint and I remember her sharing a baked good with me one day, which had berries and tasted incredible. This was my first time trying anything from Ovenly, and I was so impressed I had to try more. I finally went there last weekend around 11am. I spied one last Blueberry Cornflake Muffin. It was mine! I have a thing for good berry muffins. Then, I thought, I can't come all the way here and just get a muffin. So I also chose a Salted Peanut Butter Cookie and a piece of Espresso Burnt Sugar Shortbread, A.K.A The Stumptown Shorty.
I had heard claims that Ovenly's Salted Peanut Butter Cookies were the best you could find anywhere. I had even read these claims in online reviews. But I'm not going to lie: when I first saw these cookies in person, I thought they looked too small and how could anything that small be the best? Well that old cliche, 'good things come in small packages', definitely applies here! You can rest assured that those claims about these being the best peanut butter cookies are not exaggerations at all. They're true! I have never tasted a better peanut butter cookie in all my life. And I've had my fair share over the years. I am a true peanut butter lover and now I have an addiction to these cookies. Great. Another one to add to the list. Seriously though, get your hands on these cookies. And don't just get one, you'll never forgive yourself. Buy in abundance.
The name 'Stumptown Shorty' comes from the brand of coffee Ovenly uses in the recipe. What sets this shortbread apart from the rest, is the glassy pieces of burnt sugar and the speckles of finely ground espresso. I know my mother will be reading this and will be thinking 'Espresso burnt sugar shortbread?! Monique hates anything that's coffee-flavoured!' And usually she would be right! I am one of those 'strange' beings that never got a liking for coffee. I really can't stand it in baked goods or chocolates either. But low and behold....I enjoyed this shortbread! I wouldn't say I loved it as much as the peanut butter cookie (that would be ridiculous) but I did appreciate its uniqueness and it was nice to try something different. If you are a coffee lover, get some of this shortbread now. You'll love it.
The Blueberry Cornflake Muffin was pure muffin perfection. It was moist, absolutely filled to capacity with juicy blueberries, and had a delightful crunch from the cornflakes. A muffin with cornflakes - yes this is a perfectly acceptable breakfast! After trying and falling in love with the three treats, I am now quite tempted to buy the Ovenly cookbook. I do wonder if my recreations would be half as good though? I suppose we shall see.
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