Ice cream cupcakes, cake and pie cupcake flavours, cupcakes made to look like ice cream cones, candy sushi, and cakes made to look like sandwiches and candy bars (read Food Network magazine, you’ll totally get what I mean with those two last ones!); it’s art imitating food imitating…more food! It is so darn cute and clever when dessert and food themes criss-cross all over the place to create culinary masterpieces and awe-inspiring works of sweet, edible art. Now, before I unleash the 2nd installment of the Cupcake Connection featuring a very summer appropriate cupcake from Yummy Stuff among other specials, news, and updates from Toronto’s cupcake scene, let’s talk sugar cookies! And more specifically, cute as a button decorated sugar cookies that look like food!
Everyone knows I love baking cookies. However, when it comes to eating them, I am veeeery ambivalent towards certain varieties. And one of them just happens to be sugar cookies. I KNOW. How could I possibly feel that way about one of the world’s most basic, simplest cookies? They’re blank canvases that beg to be decorated, they don’t complicate things with a whole bunch of wacky, out-of-left-field flavours, and while everyone’s method might be a little different, ingredients are fairly similar across the board. What’s not to love? The answer: half the time, they’re just not executed well.
I love the idea of enjoying a sugar cookie but I find sugar cookies to be one of the most difficult things to enjoy because there are so many things that can be wrong with them. More often that not, they come out chalky, dry, crumbly, tasteless, and uncomfortably hard on your teeth. And while the aesthetic is often beautiful (the artwork that many cookie decorators do is truly breathtaking), the total sum of the cookie’s yum almost never lives up to its beauty on the surface which is unfortunate because it should taste as good as it looks!
And this is where Yummy Stuff comes in! I promised you all in my first Yummy Stuff post back in April I would report back on their sugar cookies and I got the chance to go back to their shop on Queen West in Parkdale earlier this month to grab myself one. They always have an in-store selection ($3 to $4 each), as well as an option of having custom designed ones for special occasions like baby showers, wedding favours, birthdays, and more. Remember how gaga I was over their cupcake and ice cream shaped and decorated cookies?!
This time around, they had some different designs on hand and I was absolutely in conniptions when I saw their new Neapolitan ice cream sugar cookies! (Hint: this has a little something to do with the upcoming Cupcake Connection!). They were so, so pretty and really, who can resist anything Neapolitan? I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve never separated the flavours or favoured one “section” for another (don’t innocently whistle and pretend like you don’t know what I’m talking about; we all know what I mean) and I kind of liken it to spumoni ice cream. Anyway, I eagerly snatched a Neapolitan decorated sugar cookie ($4) and vowed to save it for a moment when I could truly savour it and enjoy it’s prettiness. Even though I was still a tiny bit wary of it delivering on yumminess (they certainly had the appearance down pat, so that wasn’t a concern), I felt confident that Yummy Stuff wouldn’t let me down with their sugar cookies.
And they didn’t. I will never eat another sugar cookie from another place ever again. Okay, so maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but OH.MY.GOD. This sugar cookie was the BEST sugar cookie I have EVER had. It was everything a sugar cookie should be and the exact opposite of all the negative traits I listed earlier. Their sugar cookies weren’t difficult to bite into (I actually broke mine into small pieces to eat, but regardless, my teeth and mouth didn’t hurt from trying to eat them), they melted in your mouth, the icing was delicious, and the cookie! Oh my lordy, the cookie whipped the hair-tie off my ponytail and sent me to cookie heaven. Pure vanilla excellence. Keep in mind, unless there’s a note that indicates the icing is of a particular flavour, the cookie is expected to be vanilla. Their vanilla is top-notch and the flavour made their sugar cookie taste incredible. I was actually sad when I finished it because it was so good.
It’s a shame cookies can’t keep forever because these are lovely little works of art that would look so fab sitting on a display case in all their foodie glory. Considering how delicious they are though, it’s not too bad of a trade-off at all.
Yummy Stuff is located at 1660 Queen Street West in the west end Parkdale neighbourhood, east of Roncesvalles Ave. They are open Tuesday-Sunday, from 10am-7pm from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-6pm on Saturdays, and 12pm noon-5pm on Sundays. They are closed on Mondays. Visit their official website here.