I met Cybele Pascal in the restroom. We were standing next to each other at the sinks when I recognized her. And yes, she is as lovely in person as she is online. Shortly after that bathroom encounter, Cybele gave her keynote talk to the audience at the Nourished Food Blogger Conference. But I’m not here to recap her speech. No, I want to talk about cookies, Cybele’s Free-to-Eat cookies.
As if her presence wasn’t enough, Cybele brought samples of her new packaged cookie line for us to try. I picked up a chocolate chip sample to try and she had me at the first bite.
These cookies are soft-baked, moist (did you hear me? I said moist!), and downright delicious. Keep in mind that I am hard to please. I have my own cookie recipes, and they are terrific. But we also need cookies that can stay shelf-stable weeks after they are made. I have not yet found an off-the-shelf soft-baked packaged cookie that I really loved, until now.
Cybele’s cookies are gluten-free, top eight allergen-free, vegan, and kosher. They are made so that nearly everyone with food allergies can eat them. I was able to try the chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies (pictured here), but I’m quite sure my favorite will be the chocolate chunk brownie (or course). I even scoffed up the samples that I could from empty seats so that I could send some to my son to try.
These are not make-at-home cookies; they contain ingredients like sunflower lecithin and rice dextrin – not things we have at home. This is the cookie you want to take with you on-the-go, to throw in the lunch box, to send with your food-allergic child on a sleepover. This is also a cookie that you will have a hard time keeping out of the hands of your non-food-allergic family members. Cybele tells me that they will be hitting store shelves in June.
Have you tried Cybele’s cookies yet? What do you think?