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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Donna's Gourmet Cookies -- worth the (occasional) caloric binge
Donna Phelps used to sell her wonderful treats on Saturdays at Findlay Market, but then her reputation for the best chocolate-chip cookies outgrew her ability to bake at home or even in a gigantic church kitchen in Hyde Park. About a year ago, she opened the shop, Donna's Gourmet Cookies, with plenty of oven capacity, off Montgomery Road just inside I-275. She no longer has time to sell at Findlay Market -- the city's loss, for sure -- but you can find her cookies at a few in-town cafes and at Keller's IGA in Clifton, among other places.
I'm not a baker and can't really decipher why her cookies are so fabulous, except I know she uses excellent (if not the healthiest) ingredients -- pure butter, real vanilla, and so on.
Needless to say, healthy foodies can't quite subscribe to Donna's slogan: "a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand." And we don't indulge in her stuff more than a couple times a year.
However, if you want to know whether her cookies (and brownies, bars, croissants and quiches) are worth the calories--that would be a YES.
In addition to the stellar chocolate chip, I also love her Snickerdoodles and oatmeal-raisin. Check her website for a full list of what she offers.
Her shop is at 10774 Montgomery Road, and the phone number is 489-9600.
My day job is college professor -- of mass communication and journalism, at the University of Cincinnati. I've probably got a few more years to go, and it's a good gig. Love to travel, cook, dine out, and work out.