Free Range Cookies

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Hello friends, and Happy March! Did February just zoom by for anyone else? While I’m a bit sad it’s over (after all, February is my birthday month!), I’m happy that spring starts this month. Bring on the warm weather!

Do you know what else starts this month? If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you already know. For everyone else, let me explain.

I’m kind of in love with a little talk show host named Oprah. You may have heard of her? Smile Last month, Oprah had a show on veganism; she and her staff of 378 went vegan for a week. The Oprah Vegan Challenge, if you will.

Anyway, the show piqued my interest. Don’t get me wrong, I love bacon. But I’m always up for a challenge, especially when it’s food related. I decided then and there that I would emulate Oprah’s Vegan Challenge, but instead of going vegan for just a week, I’d do it for the entire month of March.

We’ll see how it goes. I’m super excited; I think it will be a lot of fun! A lot of my diet is already vegan (or at least vegetarian), so this won’t be a huge jump. Oh, and Andy’s doing it, too. Smile

Want to read more about my vegan challenge? I’m documenting the entire event in my weekly column on Maplewood-Brentwood Patch. Check it out!

Okay, enough rambling. On to the food!

I went to a cute little bakery a few weeks ago. Free Range Cookies. It’s a gluten-free bakeshop in Ferguson, MO. It just so happens they have a lot of vegan goodies as well. Awesome!

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I love the neighborhood of Ferguson. It’s so walkable, with tons of neat little shops all around. I dig that sort of thing. And the shop itself is super cute! Lots of bright colors and tons of cookies, breads, and treats.

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When I walked in, Linda (the baker/owner) was busy at work preparing fresh goodies.

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She was nice enough to let me sample a few items. She let me sample some mint chocolate cookies, fresh out of the oven.

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This is what they looked like before they were dipped in chocolate. They were good. Perfectly crunchy and sweet.

And she gave me some Bacon Lip Balm! Oh yeah. Believe it.

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It’s vegan, yet it smells (and tastes) just like bacon! Amazing.

On to the cookies. All of them are gluten free, and many are vegan. I decided to try a few of the vegan varieties.

First up? Cranberry Oatmeal.

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These were delicious! Soft, chewy, and I loved the bits of cranberries in them. Bursting with flavor. And the cookies themselves? Huge!

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I also tried the Quinoa Cookies. These were my favorite, hands down.

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Again, huge cookies! And I loved how the tops looked like little crop circles. Alien cookies? Smile

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These were soft and nutty, with just the right amount of texture from the quinoa. And don’t let quinoa deter you from trying this masterpiece; you can’t taste it! Trust me on this one.

Finally, I tried the vegan mint chocolate cookies. The finished product was dipped in chocolate!

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These tasted just like Thin Mints (and Thin Mints aren’t vegan, by the way. Sadface!). I nearly cried tears of joy! These babies will change your life.

All in all, Free Range Cookies is amazing. These offerings don’t even scratch the surface; there are cinnamon rolls, cupcakes, bread, brownies, and much much more. I can’t wait to come back!

Score time!

Food: 5 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 5 stars

Service: 5 stars

Value: 5 stars

The cookies are a bit on the expensive side, but they’re well worth the price for the quality. Until next time, amigos. Smile

So tell me: What’s your favorite kind of cookie?

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