Posts Tagged ‘chocolate chip cookie’

Westman’s Bagels

March 11, 2018

Seattle has long been lacking a decent Jewish bakery or bagelry so I was thrilled with Westman’s opened up two blocks away from me. This tiny walk-up counter features several fantastic varieties of bagels and cream cheese that taste like home to me, but what folks might not know is that there are also quite a few Jewish (and non-Jewish) pastries.

On my first visit I got a nutella rugelach and salted chocolate chip cookie. It’s hard to find rugelach in Seattle so I didn’t have high expectations, but this tasted pretty legit! Rugelach can be difficult and time-consuming to make so I’m impressed that Westman’s takes the time to bake these little treats. That being said, the cookie was even better – actually one of the best I’ve had in Seattle. It isn’t very big but what it lacks in size it makes up in flavor.

On my next visit, I went straight for a chocolate roll, but couldn’t resist the hamantash they’d made for Purim (another difficult-to-find Jewish specialty). The roll was a little on the dry side and had a pronounced orange flavor that didn’t appeal to me, but the hamantash was a treat. The dough was perfectly crumbly and I liked the addition of sesame seeds to the apricot filling. If this little street stand were only open on the weekends, I’d be perfectly content.


Nielsen’s Pastries

March 30, 2014

After being talked into helping one of my students with a project at the Sculpture Park downtown, I felt I deserved a reward – preferably one involving butter and sugar. Being near Nielsen’s Pastries, which I’d read about but never tried, I decided to make a blog-worthy detour.


The inside, while welcoming enough, didn’t scream “sit and stay awhile” which was fine since my student had opted to wait for me in the car.  So I ran in, ordered my coffee, and selected a few items of interest: the Cinnamon Danish, the Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread, and the “Bad Boy” cookie.  This being a(nother) Scandinavian bakery, there were plenty of more traditional pastries like the Kringle and Bear Claw, but I’m just not into the almond pastries.


The Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread was on the bitter side, but the Bad Boy cookie was phenomenal. Not your average chocolate chip cookie, this one contains cocoa nibs, chopped chocolate, and coffee. The dough was fresh-tasting and encased all the above mentioned ingredients in rich buttery goodness. One of the best cookies I’ve had in Seattle.

Next up was the Cinnamon Danish, which is pretty much as it sounds (a cinnamon roll made with danish dough).



This was as good as any cinnamon roll I’ve had, in spite of the almond filling in it. And I’m extremely picky when it comes to cinnamon rolls! One thing that set it apart is that the icing is baked into the roll… mmmm!  Definitely heat it up, at eat in one sitting soon after purchasing.