This week’s Happy Halloween Cookie Friday is brought to you by Coffee to a Tea with the Sugar Rush Baking Company. That’s like a mouthful times five when it comes to names for a coffee joint. Since we stumbled on this place while strolling along California Avenue in West Seattle rather than reading or hearing about it first, I thought the name of the place was The Sugar Rush Baking Company. Why would I think that? Oh yeah, the wall outside told me so. Sure there was a Coffee to a Tea sign inside, but I thought that was a cute slogan they were using. Yelp calls them Coffee to a Tea, Urbanspoon calls them Coffee to a Tea with Sugar, and their website is www.sugarushbakingcompany.com with “Coffee to a Tea With the Sugar Rush Baking Company” on their banner (irrelevant side note but fun fact for a goober like me: after glancing through their photo gallery, I realized that I’ve photographed one of their wedding cakes before and didn’t even know it). Whatever everybody calls them, I’ve now labeled them “That Place Where We Got the Frankenstein Cookie” and we will be going back another day to try the notorious cupcakes.
After finishing work today, we drove over to West Seattle in search of a fun Halloween cookie. And yes, I did stop in to get a twice-baked (delicious) and to ask William Leaman when in the world are the hot-cross buns going to make a return (Hot Cross’s kissing cousin Holiday Buns will be appearing in December). We dropped in and out of several places, but finally found our spooky cookies at That Place Where We Got the Frankenstein Cookie.
The bakery decorated their whole store in Halloween themed decorations. Did you get a load of that plate on which our cookies were served (oh, the things I gotta do to not end sentences with prepositions)? There were tombstones, skulls, spiders, pumpkins, bats, and creepy crawlies dangling around everywhere. While they may be suffering a slight identity crisis, the people who work here are very nice and friendly. The display case held not only baked goods made in house, but also a selection of savory treats from Herban Feast. I like that the kitchens maintain the purity of sugar and flour and don’t get all mussed with things like sandwiches and quiche. Because that’d be crazy. They’re foods with the same ingredients, man! But maybe it’s only appropriate since so many people stop by bakeries for dessert to meals they’re cooking that the place that sells desserts orders in the entrées. Touché, TPWWGTFC. Touché.
The cookies themselves were pretty much what most decorated cookies are—heavy on the pretty factor, light on taste. Definitely could’ve used a little more vanilla for both the icing and the cookie, but they were still tasty. Well, Frankenstein was, I just can’t bring myself to eat a black cookie. I’m cookiest like that and I admit it’s a personal challenge I need to overcome. I will, however, be back to taste the highly acclaimed cupcakes. Had I but known of their reputation, I wouldn’t have left without one.
In case you want to decorate your own Frankenstein cookies, they sell many different varieties of decorating sugar (egg carton not included). Did somebody say Frankenstein cookies?
Happy Halloween Cookie Friday, man.