Have You Tried “The Cookie”?

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Photos by Rachel Coward

Do you prefer your cookie gooey? Or are you team chewy? Maybe you’re all about the crunch. No matter what side you take on the cookie issue, Metropolitan Market in Tacoma agrees with you. Simply called The Cookie because there aren’t enough words in Merriam-Webster to accurately capture the importance of this monumental creation, Metropolitan Market’s signature chocolate-chip cookie is the one you’ve been dreaming of.

Created by cookie pusher Tristan Ambrose, The Cookie took three years to conceptualize, several trips across the country researching and sampling other great cookies and seven tries to get the bite-of-approval from Metropolitan Market CEO Terry Halverson. This cookie leaves other chocolate-chip cookies in the dust. Er, flour.

To say The Cookie was worth the wait is an understatement. Using only the best ingredients, what Ambrose and her panel of taste testers created is everything you want in a cookie. The outside is a golden-hued crunchy shell that encases the chewy outer rim that leads to the gooey center. Using locally made butter and milled flour, Ambrose ditched the vanilla and focused on what people really wanted: more chocolate. The generous chunks of Belgian bittersweet and semisweet chocolate make a warm choco-flavored molten lava that swirls around pre-toasted California walnuts added to support the sinful amounts of chocolate. This cookie needs the nuts to stay together — yes, there is that much chocolate.

Tristan Ambrose

Tristan Ambrose

The hand-rolled orbs of dough are then sprinkled with fleur de sel. The handpicked sea salt adds just the right amount of saltiness to the sweet, and best of all: The Cookie is always sold warm. Baked in a deluxe convection oven from Denmark at 310 degrees, fresh cookies are in a constant parade to the front counter at the newly remodeled Proctor store in Tacoma. The Cookie is $3.

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