I bought a box to take to lunch at a friend's house the other day and by the time I arrived, out of a box of, I think, twelve cookies, only three were whole. Well, to be more accurate, only three looked anything like a cookie--we dined on shortbread crumbs for dessert! I realized there was another downside to the packaging--beautifully designed as it was. It had no cellophane window, so I was clueless about the disaster until it was too late.
Fortunately (or so I thought) I had a second box of cookies with me, Pamela's ginger cookies with sliced almonds. These were beautifully boxed, with a cellophane window to alert you to any problems. There were no problems, partly because these were so well packed, with every three cookies protected by high walls of molded plastic. The cookies, unfortunately were just OK, or maybe it would be mor fair to say they were not to my taste. A bit of a heavy hand with the spices, I thought, and kind of sticky, almost as if they needed a few more minutes in the oven.
So, in the end, we each tasted the ginger cookies, but we finished all the shortbread crumbs. Taste over texture, I guess, at least in an informal setting where it's OK to eat cookie crumbs the way you do popcorn: by the delicious handful!
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