Two years ago, I dedicated a day in early December to gather holiday cookies from a few Vancouver bakeries known for their holiday treats. I collected the cookies and assembled a large cookie box accompanied by a cookie box assembly 101, with helpful tips and tricks to answer all your questions on creating the perfect holiday treat box. Those tips and tricks still hold true so for this year’s holiday cookie round-up, we will be focusing on the cookies themselves. This past weekend, Rich and I revisited some of our favourite bakeries from two years ago and added a few new ones to our list (new to offering holiday baked goods and not necessary a new bakery that recently opened). Compared to two years ago, we doubled (!!) the amount of cookies and variety of cookies in our box to make sure there was a perfect cookie for everyone.
A million photos later, Rich and I tasted all the cookies. We found our comfy spot on our small couch and tasted e v e r y single cookie because ~science~. I even made him (and my parents the next day) do a blind taste test. We each picked our favourites and swore we could not eat anymore cookies for the next little while. (Plot twist: we ate more cookies this evening.) Before I let you know which were my favourite ones, I need to preface it with the fact that I generally prefer a shortbread cookie over a chewy cookie. Unpopular opinion, I know. So let’s talk about every single cookie holiday cookie.