Posts Tagged ‘Shorties’

Where to Buy:  Botanical Bakery on Foodzie

Price:  $5.99 for 3.5 ounce package

Product Description:

The Queen of Spices. She is everything you would want in a Queen: strong, bold, warm, and intense, though not bitter. Known to be a good cure for weakness, cardamom is also said to be balancing. Some ancient cultures even used cardamom in their romantic endeavors as an aphrodisiac. Her scent, unmistakable, lingers in the air like something you’re meant to pay attention to.

What I Think:

I have fallen completely in love with Botanical Bakery.  These shortbread cookies are so delicious.

These Cardamom Shorties have just the right touch of cardamom – it is not too overpowering, nor is it overwhelmed by the sweet, buttery taste of the shortbread.  The result is a shortbread cookie that is lightly crunchy, buttery and flaky, sweet and warm with spice.  They have a very exotic appeal to them.

The Botanical Bakery suggests pairing these with a spiced Chai, and I agree.  I brewed a cup of BioChai from Hampstead Tea and the combination is spectacular.

My Final Thoughts:

I don’t know what else I can say; I love these shorties!

Where to Buy:  Botanical Bakery from Foodzie

Price:  $5.99 for a 3.5 ounce package

Product Description: 

A Love Story. Sure they are an unlikely pair, but some of the most glorious pairings began as duos that seemed at first glance… unexpected. These two have a lot in common, including antioxidants. But beneath these qualities, the basil embraces your palate, then the cinnamon slowly sets in with passion. Swaying back and forth. Cinnamon and basil. Basil and cinnamon.

What I Think:

My package arrived somewhat crushed, with most of the shorties in crumbs.  But, that aside, these are pretty tasty (and the crumbs are still edible!)  I was a little unsure about the combination of basil and cinnamon – it seemed an unusual combination, but, I also must say that was part of the allure of them.

The basil flavor is very delicate but it develops as I continue to munch on these.  Perhaps the buttery shortbread overwhelms the basil a bit.  The cinnamon is sweet and gently warm.  The trio of flavors – cinnamon, basil and shortbread – make for a very unique and delicious taste combination.  It’s rich, sweet, a little earthy, a little savory and a little (very little) spicy.

The texture is the same as in the other shortie shortbread cookies that I’ve tried from Botanical Bakery.  My daughter tried one and said it feels a bit like sand in her mouth – and I get that.  It has a dry, flaky texture that sort of crumbles at the slightest pressure.  It then melts in the mouth with the buttery flavor.

My Final Thoughts:

Like the two I’ve tried before this, I really love these “shorties” shortbread cookies.  I like the combination of basil and cinnamon and I’m glad that someone thought of it because they compliment each other very well.  These rate very high on the YUM scale!

Where to Buy:  Botanical Bakery on Foodzie

Price:  $5.99 for 3.5 ounce package

Product Description:

Light the Fire Within. Life should be a bit more digestible. The delectable shortbread indulgence helps make it so. In Ginger Squared, enjoy the warm sweet aroma as it is complemented by the bright spicy gentle heat of crystallized ginger.

What I Think:

What I think is that these shorties are insanely addictive!

It takes a couple of these buttery rich, sweet shortbread bites before I really taste the heat from the ginger, but after those few, it becomes very gingery.  Never really HOT but delightfully warm.  The flavor of the ginger helps cut through some of the sweetness of the shortbread, creating a very pleasing sweet-savory experience for the palate.

But the best part?  With each bite, I get a bit of crystallized ginger!  That chewy texture in contrast to the melt-in-my-mouth, tender/flaky texture of the shortbread is in itself addictive.

The Botanical Bakery suggests pairing this with an Oolong tea, and I did just that!  I enjoyed this Strong Fire Oolong from The Tao of Tea.   Another great pairing would be a Yunnan like this Yunnan Gold from TeaVert, as the ginger in these cookies would probably bring out some of the peppery qualities of the Yunnan.  These delightful shorties helped to make my tea time even more special!

My Final Thoughts:

Before I opened this package, I thought that no flavor could top the delicious fennel pollen shortbread, but now, as I sit here, sad that this package is now empty… I realize that as much as I love the fennel pollen shorties, I love these even more!  YUM!

Where to Buy:  Botanical Bakery on Foodzie

Price:  $5.99 for 3.5 ounce package

Product Description:

Nature’s Hidden Treasure. From something so deeply anchored and strongly rooted comes the most intoxicating secret ingredient. Fennel’s tiny sunshine blossoms hold a treasure so mysterious and elusive. It is Fennel Pollen. This enchanting gold dust nods slightly to honey and licorice. It is a rare find and worthy of all praise.

What I Think:

I’m actually really quite disappointed in myself that I held off trying these for so long.  These are AWESOME!  One of the best shortbread cookies I’ve ever tasted.

The texture is delicately crisp and light.  So tender and flaky – it melts in my mouth!  So buttery and delicious.

But the real surprise about these cookies is not how amazing the shortbread flavor and texture is, but the fennel pollen.  Before trying these tiny cookies, I had never even heard of “fennel pollen” as an ingredient … I mean, I’ve heard of fennel, of course.  And I’ve heard of pollen.  But given my seasonal allergies, I never considered pollen to be anything more than an annoyance to my sinuses and of course, the essential role it plays in germination.  I didn’t ever really consider it an ingredient.

And it is a most wonderful ingredient!  As the above description suggests, it is slightly honey-like.  It has a very subtle licorice tone to it.  Sweet and deliciously savory.  Everything about these cookies is delicate:  from the light texture to the sweet, buttery taste, and the hint of honey and licorice.  But what an impact they make!

I recommend trying these with a good black tea.  I chose Broken Leaf from Gorreana and it was a perfect choice.  The light sweetness of the cookie brought out some of the elusive honey-like tones in the tea that I missed when I first reviewed the tea.

My Final Thoughts:

I am so happy that these little cookie gems were in my tasting box for July.  I might never had tried them otherwise… and these are definitely worth trying.  But be warned, after trying them, you may find yourself craving them!