The Alternative Baking Company is a small scale operation (only 23 employees!) founded in 1995 that is currently producing some of the most gorgeous, absolutely delicious and utterly HUGE cookies on this planet. The cookies come in 10 great flavors plus one seasonal flavor (the current Cookie of the Season is peanut butter chocolate chip- yummy). Each cookie is 100% vegan and thus completely dairy and egg free. In addition the cookies are made with organic flour and sugar and contain no trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, no cholesterol, no artificial ingredients, and no refined sugar! Two of the cookie varieties are also wheat free (Mac the Chip and Snickerdoodle- yummy x2).
The Alternative Baking Company was kind enough to let me sample their Cranberry Orange Muffin, Colossal Chocolate Chip and Ginger Snappin' Raisin Cookies. I had never tried any of these cookies before so it was awesome going on a little (ahem- I mean BIG) cookie adventure to see just how well these pretty cookies fared.
Cranberry Orange was hands down my favorite of the three cookies. The cookie was nice and plump, super moist and had an A+, standing ovation, gimmiegimmemoregimmemore flavor (oh geez, I am SO sorry for that dated reference) . In fact, I would go so far as to say that this was among the best cookies I have ever tried. The orange flavor was clean and refreshing and the slightly tart, chewy cranberry pieces complemented the orange perfectly. To top it off the flavor and crunch of the walnut really rounded things off amazingly. Delicious!
Colossal Chocolate Chip definitely lives up to its name, this cookie is BIG! Like all the other Alternative Baking Company cookies, this cookie is just so unconventionally huuuuuuge. They are also the thickest cookies that I've ever seen. My sad pictures just cannot do this cookie justice. The cookie itself was moist and had a great, classic chocolate chip flavor. The texture wasn't quite chewy but rather a bit more on the crumbly side. The dark chocolate chips imparted an excellent flavor with a very slight bitterness and the dough had just the right amount of sweetness.
Ginger Snappin' Raisin is a bit like a huge, soft ginger snap cookie embedded with sweet, delectable raisins. The ginger flavor of this cookie is quite prominent with a very clean, pure, true ginger flavor. If you like ginger snaps or gingerbread you will absolutely love this cookie! I think this is the winter seasonal flavor so you'll probably have to wait until the end of the year for these to return, but well worth the wait as the taste is very holiday-ish and would go great with a nice hot cup of tea!
You can find Alternative Baking Company cookies at a number of health food retailers and online stores (Food Fight!, Pangea, Vegan Essentials, and others) or you can order direct from the Alternative Baking Company Website. Each cookie retails for an average of $1.99.
**I was sent the aforementioned cookie samples courtesy of the Alternative Baking Company for review. I was not monetarily compensated in any way. All opinions expressed here are mine.**