Where to Buy: Liz Lovely on Foodzie
Price: $3.99 for a two cookie package (these cookies are ENORMOUS, folks!)
Spicy, sweet & delicious… like a cinnamon pillow from heaven. Each one is hand-rolled in cinnamon & sugar then baked until it cracks a little around the edges.
What I Think:
I have tried several different cookies from Liz Lovely, including the Chocolate Moose Dragons, Macaroonies, and my favorite Ginger Snapdragons. So I was happy to find that Liz Lovely was included in the Tea Time Foodzie Tasting Box.
This time around, I’m trying the Snicker Dudes, which appears to be Liz Lovely’s take on the classic snickerdoodle – a cookie that brings me back to my childhood days, as it seemed that it was one of my stepmother’s favorite cookies to bake. But, she never baked ’em this good!
The first thing I notice about these cookies is that they smell incredible. Very cinnamon-y. And no wonder, they’re well coated with cinnamon. The cinnamon is sweet yet spicy to the nose as well as the palate.
When I bite into these, they’re so soft! Like fresh-from-the-oven soft. They aren’t warm, of course, but, otherwise, they capture that feeling of freshly baked cookies. The cinnamon is not a hot-spicy cinnamon, but rather a warm, autumnal cinnamon taste, which worked well with the cookie itself, which had an almost raw cookie dough kind of taste to it. (And what’s the best part of baking cookies? Eating the cookie dough, of course!)
One thing that is important to note: these are sugary sweet. Even with the cinnamon cutting through some of the sweetness, these are sweeter than I recall the other three cookies that I’ve tried from Liz Lovely. As I have a sweet-tooth, I am not really complaining about it, but they are incredibly sweet. So much so that I can only eat one of these cookies at a time, and after that cookie, I felt I should have stopped at a half a cookie. I still enjoyed what I ate, and at least this does give me a chance to enjoy the other cookie later.
As I ate the cookie, what these reminded me most of was my gramma’s strawberry shortcake … well, the shortcake part of it, anyway. They were sweet and buttery and delicious, and I can imagine topping these cookies generously with strawberries … YUM!
As for pairing with tea, I would recommend something strong and straightforward, like this Khongea Golden Tips Second Flush Assam from KTeas. Or if you prefer to accent the spicy notes of the cinnamon, try this Yunnan Golden Buds from Verdant Tea. Something strong and bold to help counter the sugary sweetness of the cookie, while still being able to enjoy its yummy, almost-cookie-dough-like flavor.
My Final Thoughts:
Of the different foods I’ve tried from Foodzie, I have to say that Liz Lovely stands out as being the best bang for the buck. I find these cookies to be not only affordable, but delicious. They have that “fresh from the oven” taste and softness (all that’s lacking is the temperature!) A tad on the sweet side, and close to being too sweet … but my sweet-tooth must interject here and state emphatically that it approves of this cookie!