In a post from a few months ago, I stressed that some of the tastiest chocolate chip cookies in D.C. were not as difficult to find as you might think. These cookies could be found at popular chains such as Potbelly or Corner Bakery. Sometimes, the cookies from fancy, schmancy bakeries were a downright disappointment, and ridiculously overpriced, too (remember Jacques Torres?).
Even more recently, I posted about a sign outside of Potbelly advertising the chocolate chip brownie cookie.
See a pattern? Yes, I know. I really, really like cookies!
Over the past few weeks, I have been making trips by bike to Baked and Wired in Georgetown. As you enter the bakery, a collection of jars filled with freshly baked cookies sit directly to your left. The selections change daily, but I have seen chocolate chip walnut, double chocolate espresso, oatmeal raisin, monster (peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, M&Ms, and walnuts), molasses spice, peanut butter, snickerdoodle and of course, the classic chocolate chip.
Also in the jars are several varieties of cookie sandwiches – two cookies with rich icing between them. I’ve seen ginger snaps with cream cheese icing, chocolate mocha cookies with a mocha buttercream filling and peanut butter cookies with a dark chocolate filling.
Here is the best part – these jars are self-serve. The formula is simple – grab a bag, choose your cookies, then pay (I always hate this part).
A self-serve cookie bar is really a brilliant concept. It is far too easy to grab, oh, two or three or twelve chocolate cookies. There is no one behind the counter, waiting on you to make your choice so they can move onto the next customer. It is just you and the cookie jar.
Frankly, I cannot think of a more dangerously awesome situation. Who needs will power, anyway?
For being small in size, Baked and Wired’s cookie deliver a lot. They are thick, chewy and delicious. My two favorites, the chocolate chip and the molasses spice, are the perfect amount of sweetness. Not enough to make me sick, but enough to make me want more.
The cookies are $1.50 each, while the cookie sandwiches are more expensive. A trip to Baked and Wired is by no means cheap, but come on, there’s a self-serve cookie bar. It’s hard for me to pass this up. Call me a little kid in a candy shop, but it’s just too much fun.