Longtime readers will know that Raymond and I are huge fans of the good things that come out of the Hidden Goldmine Bakery in Madoc, Ont. Hidden Goldmine is famous for its butter tarts, but we discovered the chocolate-chip cookies early on in our Hastings County experience and (speaking strictly for me) were utterly smitten: I have never tasted a better chocolate-chip cookie. (Sorry, Mum.) So when we’re in a place that sells Hidden Goldmine products – usually the flagship store itself, in the old Kincaid Bros. IGA store at the corner of Durham and Elgin Streets in the heart of downtown Madoc, but frequently also the Old Cheese Factory in Tweed – I go straight for those chocolate-chip cookies. Often, though (especially if it’s later in the day), they are all sold out. Very disappointing!
One time when that happened recently, I decided to try to overcome my disappointment with another cookie. There were a couple of packages of Cinnamon Sparkle cookies left, and I thought, well, what the heck. I wasn’t too optimistic, because molasses was on the list of ingredients, and I have never been fond of anything with molasses in it.
Well, was I ever in for a surprise. Raymond too. People, I have to tell you: these are the best cookies ever. Really. Better than chocolate chip! The molasses flavour is minimal, and it’s way more (though not too much) about cinnamon; what you get is just a delicious-tasting cookie with a delightfully slightly crunchy bit of sugar (the “sparkle” of the name) on top.
We have, sadly, eaten every one from our last purchase. We need to get back to Hidden Goldmine country for resupply. Of Cinnamon Sparkle cookies – and other things.