Crunchy, sweet, buttery, goodness. Everyone I know loves these cookies – it’s impossible to guess that they are vegan, gluten-free, and allergy-friendly!
When Jennifer at the food allergy-friendly Navan Foods insisted that I try Dr. Lucy’s Cookies, well, who was I to turn down cookies? Cookies are my favorite dessert; and though I am a loyalist to the oh-so-classic chocolate chip, I rarely snub any flavor or variety. And since Lucy’s cookies are also baked without dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts, I thought you might all like to know about them.
I confess that my tastes lean toward big, soft and chewy cookies, so I was a bit surprised when I discovered Lucy’s cookies are semi-petite crispy cookies. I feared that these cookies may have met the wrong taster … but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Lucy’s cookies gave me (and my waistline) a new appreciation for the crispy cookie. These aren’t huge cookies, but they are fairly sized and packed with a satisfying wallop of sweetness that will put those plain old wafer cookies to shame. Plus, lucy’s cookies boast some wonderful credentials:
I sampled the initial product line of Lucy’s Cookies, which contained four flavors:
Um, I said four right? Oops, sorry about that, I wasn’t quick enough with the photos …
Regardless, here are my notes:
Oatmeal Cookies – I was expecting more of an “oaty” texture, but these were crispy cookies, with just a slight variation in texture, perhaps from partially ground oats. However, there was an overall oat vibe, making these sweet cookies completely delicious. Of the four cookies, I found these just a touch less crispy, which made them a perfect medium for making sandwich cookies! I made a homemade icing from ground cashews, powdered sugar, almond milk, and a touch of vanilla and cinnamon, but you could make your own nut-free version with a standard thick icing or frosting recipe.
Cinnamon Sugar – Do you remember that cereal Cinnamon Toast Crunch? This cookie was sweet and filled with cinnamon goodness that reminded me of that cereal, but in a yummy, super-crunchy cookie. I would not hesitate to say that it had a “Snickerdoodle-ish” vibe.
Sugar – This cookie made me jones for a big mug of tea. It had a super-crunchy, sweet buttery biscuit like flavor with a nice dusting of sugar crystals. Overall, delicious, and my tea and cookie addicted husband concurred.
Now, I decided to go with the sandwich cookie thing for a treat with the Sugar and Cinnamon Cookies too, using the cashew frosting mentioned and some chocolate icing (essentially chocolate chips melted with a little added liquid and powdered sugar). They were excellent, but just a bit too thick and crispy. I will return to the Oatmeal variety for making dessert sandwiches.
Chocolate Chip – Ah yes, the infamous chocolate chip. But how would it hold up against the big softies? To be fair, you really can’t compare. This was perhaps my first encounter with a meant-to-be crispy (not overcooked!) chocolate chip cookie, and it was scrumptious. I loved, loved, loved that Lucy uses regularly sized chocolate chips in it rather than minis. Since the cookies are thin, you get wonderful bursts of chocolate goodness.
We savored these delights as much as possible, but all four boxes still vanished within a week! Need I say more?
Well, I must. Because Lucy’s has added to their stellar crunchy cookie collection:
Maple Bliss – These were surprisingly rich and buttery, with warm maple notes and wholesome hints of oat. I love maple, I love Lucy’s cookies, so needless to say, I adored their new crunchy Maple Bliss cookies. It’s hard to say if this is my favorite flavor, they each have their own slightly unique goodness, but it was definitely a close contender.
Chocolate Merry Mint – When I mentioned these gems on Facebook, I got many requests for a review. Well, twist my rubber arm … In terms of texture and the underlying taste, you can expect a typical, crispy, delicious, Lucy’s cookie. However, the chocolate aspect was surprisingly mellow. In fact, the mint, vanilla, and buttery notes seemed to be just as prominent as the cocoa. I really liked the rich but delicate taste of this variation, but don’t expect an intensely chocolate cookie.
Holiday Sugars - Released for the holidays, these are so perfectly sweet. The delightful crunch, the rich vanilla flavor, and the coarse sugar topping – this could be the most dessert-like crunchy cookie that I’ve ever tasted. And, it pairs beautifully on a plate with those Chocolate Merry Mints.
Snack ‘n Go Packs – For lunch boxes, portion-control, whatever your single-serve need, Lucy’s also offers boxes of Snack ‘n Go Packs in Chocolate Chip or a variety pack with Maple Bliss, Chocolate Chip and Chocolate. We trialed the variety pack which contains 6 bags of Lucy’s cookies, 2 of each flavor, with 3 cookies per bag. Fortunately, I had already sampled all of the flavors (see reviews above!) because my husband devoured every last snack pack. Not all at once, but darn close. I love the idea of these for travel and lunches, and because I’m addicted to variety packs of anything tasty.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these cookies are vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and generally allergy-friendly (see the note on their dedicated bakery above). Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Lucy’s website at www.drlucys.com.
Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Follow me on Google+.