For the true dessert lover, there’s only one way to react when presented with a sugar-laden treat (or sometimes even with just the prospect of it): DELIRIOUSLY.
The Oxford Dictionary defines delirious as being “In a state of wild excitement or ecstasy,” which fully captures the emotions experienced by those with an affinity for all things sweet. (There is another definition, but this specific one is more applicable.) And that’s the feeling we had when we were given a plastic tub of cookies at a small group meeting for church one Friday night. Upon raising the lid, we were met with the heady, heavenly scent of baked goods—a pleasant portent of things to come.
We had to open our mouths wide to sink our teeth into the huge cookie we had each grabbed (scared to be left with none). In that bed of soft-baked cookie dough, crunchy walnuts and semi-sweet chocolate chips galore greeted us. Our eyes widened with wonder as we all agreed that this was one of the most indulgent cookies we’d ever come across.
With our curiosity piqued by our first encounter, we decided to order a tub of mixed flavored cookies from that delicious cookie’s creator—the aptly named Delirious Cookie Co.
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Delirious Cookie Co. is a home-based venture run by the cheerful and charming husband-and-wife team Rhed and Chiko Sandico. Although the business has only been around since January of this year, the two are long-time baking hobbyists with a shared passion for desserts, particularly cookies.
“As I got older, I found I really liked baking cookies, and that’s what I did really well. I did one or two cakes, but cookies are super rewarding and quick. (There’s) not so much of a waste—have a bite, keep the rest,” Chiko shares.
Inspired by Levain Bakery, their favorite cookie place in New York, the couple keeps their flavors to a minimum, focusing on the ones they do best. At present, there are only five flavors, with four on rotation and a special one to be offered from time to time. And like the enthusiastic parents that they are in real life, they’ve even given names to their cookies, which are based on moods or emotional states. The staples are: Chocolate Chip (‘Serious’), Chocolate Chip Walnut (‘Nutty’), Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie (‘Naughty’), and Fudgy Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip (‘Intense’). Yes, ‘chocolate’ appears twice in the last one’s name—imagine how much more in the cookie!
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If we were giddy the first time around, we were beside ourselves with excitement as we opened our tub of assorted flavors.
It was like saying hello to an old friend as we beheld the Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie, which we had very fond memories of. We were delighted to discover that it was just as good as the first time—soft and chewy, semi-sweet, and generously dotted with a good ratio of walnuts to chocolate chips. Although the palm-sized treat was soft-baked, it had a slightly crisp underside, which made it even more delectable. It’s the type of cookie you’d want right by your side as you settle in for a quiet afternoon with a good book and maybe some creamy, ice-cold milk.
Next up, we had the Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie. Interestingly, with this one, we didn’t feel like we were eating a cookie. It was utterly moist and felt velvety to the tongue, much like a fudge brownie. Even its deep and dark chocolatey flavors gave us that impression, punctuated only by the creamy peanut butter chips that were interspersed in the batter. We’re hoping they can offer more variants with the Fudgy Dark Chocolate Cookie as the base because it’s too good to keep to just two flavors (the other being the Fudgy Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip)!
Part of our tub was the Special flavor: Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Cookie (nicknamed ‘Crazy’). True enough, it looked crazy in an odd, well, cookie way. Unlike the other two, this one had a rougher, crisp-looking exterior with M&Ms sticking out here and there. As we found out, it’s not just a mouthful to say, it’s also a mouthful to eat. Between the gritty texture of the oatmeal and the saccharine combination of the peanut butter and M&Ms, we could only nibble at it. We usually think of oatmeal cookies as healthier alternatives in the cookie spectrum, but it felt quite sinful with its overload of sweetness (highlighted even more by the fact that we had just finished off the well-balanced Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies).
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You might notice that the three cookies we got from Delirious have different heights and sizes. We asked the home bakers about it and were told that they actually use the same scooper in measuring out the batter on the cookie sheet. How much it falls or spreads during baking contributes to the differences.
If we were to evaluate the three, top marks would go to the Chocolate Chip Walnut (no wonder it’s Delirious Cookie Co.’s signature cookie!), followed by the Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, and then the Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip (which we think would be a hit with the kids; we adults are just too sugar-sensitive).
It’s too bad we didn’t get to try ‘Intense’ in this batch, but at least we’ve got something to look forward to when we order next time!
Delirious Cookie Co.
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