I’ve told you before that I’m obsessed with The Chew. It is an hour of happiness in the middle of my day. I like all of the hosts for varying reasons. Carla Hall never fails to make me smile with her always upbeat, positive attitude and funky dance moves. Not to mention she, of course, has crazy awesome kitchen skills.
But did you know Carla Hall has a cookie company? Alchemy by Carla Hall has been in my bookmarks for just about ever. In fact, since before The Chew, I think, as I am also a Top Chef junkie and cheered for Carla on there (hootie-hoo!) And now, I finally got around to ordering the cookies.
They offer both sweet and savory varieties, but you know I went with sweet ones. I ordered Almond Cherry Ginger Shortbread and Hawaiian Wedding Cookies. I had no idea what to expect, but a couple days later, a small box arrived. Inside were two cute containers of the cutest, smallest, most adorable cookies I’ve ever seen.
Each one is perfectly shaped. While I’m typically a giant, soft, chewy cookie girl, these instantly appealed to me with their popable, bite-sized awesomeness. The Almond Cherry Ginger Shortbread is super crunchy, not quite like a traditional shortbread, but delectable nonetheless. The bite of ginger is prominent and welcome, as is the gentle sweet-tart flavor of dried cherries, along with their slight chewiness. I am in love with the cherry-ginger flavor combination. The almonds weren’t really noticeable, but that was okay.
I have to admit, I like the Hawaiian Wedding Cookies even better. Also crunchy, they have a little more crumbliness to them. The coconut flavor comes through, as does that of the macadamia nuts. What surprised me the most was that I could also taste the lime juice and zest. I absolutely loved that bright citrus punch. With all of these flavors you might think these would be overwhelming, but they’re not. Instead, they are perfectly delicate. And somehow the confectioners’ sugar coating isn’t even messy!
The only thing that’s not good about these cookies is that they’re dangerous to have around. It’s too easy to reach for another and another and another over the course of the day until they are gone. They’d also be a huge hit at a party as part of a dessert spread.
I’m so glad to be a fan of Carla and these cookies!