My friends tell me that "Easter is a cute holiday", meaning, you (I) have to put something darling on the front retail counter for the cookie customers. Ok, well, I'm more into flavor than cute but I can put out when I have to. So, come by this weekend and see what Peter Cottontail has going on. I think you'll find your cute. And for those of you whose only real question/concern is "will you have Booty Bars?", the answer is yes. Booty Bars with little bunnies on them. Now that's cute.
Spoiler alert! If you want to be surprised by what you receive in Kristy's Pick, read no further. If however you want to know what goodies await you, read on. For the week of April 14th - 20th, Kristy's Pick will include Chocolate Hazelnut Shortbread, Ginger, Crazy Lady, and Diablo. Chocolate and spice and everything nice for Easter!
There's a whole lot of drinking - cookie-style - happening this weekend. In addition to the Strawberry Margarita (tequila) and Black Velvet (peppermint schnapps) and Mom's Addiction (Kahlua), I've got some special goodies at the front counter. On Saturday we'll have Boozy Balls - my take on Bourbon Balls. I've got one made with Tin Cup, one made with Leopold Bro. Rocky Mountain Peach Whiskey, and one made with Boulder Shake, a very chocolatey beer. In addition, on Sunday and Monday, we'll have Milk Stout Brownie featuring Left Hand Brewing. For those of you who would prefer to skip your alcohol quota, I've made Green Tea Pistachio Shortbread. There is a limited supply of all of these so call before you come if you are making a special trip. Thank you and have a fun and safe weekend!
I have to admit that before yesterday I had never heard of Veronica Mars. Not being a TV watcher I have missed out on the excitement surrounding the return of this teenage sleuth to the big screen. But my ignorance didn't stop Warner Bros pictures from contacting Victory love + cookies to partner up to bring Snickerdoodles to the VM fans. I don't have the coveted movie tix in hand yet (they are sending them via FedEx) but starting next week, fans can come into the bakery, purchase Snickerdoodles (the cookie of choice for Veronica fans) and receive a pass to the movie. This offer will run for a week - starting March 10. Here's your movie trailer teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq1R93UMqlk Now all you need are your cookies. See you soon!
I love Valentine's. Not for the red roses, the heart shaped candy boxes, or the teddy bears, although I do have a fondness for the little bitty heart shaped candies with the messages on them that we'd get as children. What I love is simply the LOVE of the day. I like to think that it is a day that, even if we haven't taken the time to say it or show it in some time, we tell our family and friends we love them. We may not say "I love you" to everyone we meet but maybe we are kinder, more open and available for connection. And if you are one of those folks who have a hard time expressing yourself, cookies are an excellent, edible hug - a sweet, cozy, warm hug at that. On Friday we will have Lavender Shortbread with dark chocolate and blueberries, Booty Bars, Strawberry Margarita, Black Velvet to inspire your inner Valentine. Reach out and cookie someone!
2013 was wildly, delightfully busy for VLC. From the time the Cooking Channel broadcast Victory love + cookies on their show Unique Sweets in January, and then Food and Wine awarded VLC as having the best chocolate chip cookie in the nation, we have been a busy bunch of cookie monsters. When Unique Sweets initially aired I was still a one woman business - and as they said in the show I "work hard for my cookie". I did, and I still do. But now I am excited to report, I have embraced the help of some very talented individuals who bring their own gifts to the cookie business. It is by allowing for help that we can reach out to so many more of you all - our customers! This January, I am starting the year with a staff of three. What will 2014 bring? I don't know but I bet its going to be amazing!
Ok, here's the good news: you came, you saw, you ordered, you are happily checking gifts off your holiday list. YAY!! The not so good news for those of you who got behind or waited: I've reached my cookie order limit. As a small artisan shop I can only produce so many cookies and that number has been reached. How many do you wonder? Well, the biggest single order was 133 dozen (!), followed by 64 dozen, so as you can see, I can rock some cookies. And be rest assured that even if you didn't get your order in, you can still buy cookies at the retail counter. Thank you everybody and happy holidays!
Somehow we have sailed right through Thanksgiving and into December! If I didn't realize the time of year here in Denver from looking out the window, I'd have to realize that its Christmas time based on the number of holiday cookie orders that are lighting up the phone lines, not to mention the online shop. Whether its Booty Bars for that someone special's stocking (I mean doesn't everyone want a little Booty for Christmas?) or dozens upon dozens of cookies for corporate thank you gifts, I am ready to take your order. Ginger is a perennial favorite during the cold months and with all of the awards that the chocolate chip got this year, its a popular order, but I've got some new offerings as well - Crazy Lady Oat, Mom's Addiction, ABC - to name a few. And remember, we deliver locally and ship across the country. Now its up to you to decide whose been naughty and whose been nice.
I like to celebrate things in due time - tomatoes in August, strawberries in May, turkey in November, and please don't put up that Christmas tree until December. So, no, I am not singing 'home for the holidays' quite yet. I am however taking holiday cookie orders and am delighted that so many of you want to include VLC in your holiday plans. So far the biggest order of 2013's holiday season has been 300 cookies, shipped. Maybe you don't need that many - or maybe you need more! In any case if you have questions or just want to place your order with me personally instead of through Paypal, please feel free to call the bakery. I am happy to help - it brings out my inner elf!
Have we met? Well, no, not actually. But our cookies have. Christina Tosi, the owner of Momofuku Milk Bar has a passion for off-beat sweet creations. She's also written a fabulous cookbook, Milk, in which she shares her recipes. I too love to take my customers on unexpected taste bud journeys - never weird, but often a surprise. Most recently I was trying to create the taste of corn hash in a cookie. Hash for those of you who don't know, is a savory dish - usually produced from leftovers and piled together in a hot skillet to create something far greater than the sum of its parts. The dictionary lists meat and potatoes as the primary ingredients. For me, corn and paprika are far more important. So in tracking down my ideal "hash cookie" I began with freeze dried corn. Long story short, I was baking along my merry way when I happened to come across Christina Tosi's recipe in Milk that, not surprisingly, is called Corn Cookies and uses, yes, freeze dried corn. I decided it was worth taking a detour to check out her recipe. Bingo. She nailed the corn part. Corn, not hash. The hash part was left to me. That is the Tosi meets Greenwood - and Victory love + cookies - part. I love her cookie but it didn't scream "hash!" the way that I imagined my cookie. Thank you to Christina Tosi for doing 90% of the work - I added the paprika and black pepper and there you have it - HASH - and damn good hash it is!