Here’s the thing with cookies: Even the not-so-special ones are pretty damn good. If a bakery has high turnover even pedestrian cookies are often really good. After all, the main ingredients are butter, sugar, flour and perhaps some type of chocolate, peanut butter or other type of candy chip. Ben and Jerry’s already proved with their cookie dough flavors that you don’t even need to bake these ingredients for them to taste good.
So how does a bakery distinguish itself from all the others and deliver a cookie that stands above the crowd? Truthfully, I don’t know, but I do know that Two Little Red Hens has some of the best cookies in New York. They might not be as talked about as Levain or Jacques Torres but that’s only because their tiny bakery is all the way up on 2nd Ave and 86 St.
The peanut chocolate chip cookie is slightly crisp around the outside and softer and cake-like on the inside with an awesome peanut flavor and nice big square chunks of chocolate. For peanut and peanut butter lovers, this cookie is a “must eat” right behind the Bouchon Bakery nutter butter.
Next up was the seasonal pumpkin spice scone. I was mentally prepared for a letdown after the cookies but the scone was every bit as good as the cookie.
Don’t be turned off by the scone’s huge size. Instead, just think of it as a good value. The first thing you’ll notice is all the great spice flavors inside. Then, you taste the bits of Cranberry and pumpkin. The texture reminded me of banana bread. It’s also very moist. And this moistness is all the more amazing given that it was 2:00 p.m. when I purchased my scone. That means if you get there early in the morning you’ll have an even fresher product than I did. Look for more Two Little Red Hens reviews soon.
Recommended: Any of the cookies but especially the Peanut Chocolate Chip and the Pumpkin Spice Scone.
Two Little Red Hens bakery is located at 1652 2nd Ave (86th St.)
Their website is here.