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The sincerity of any good bakery can be measured by the construction, texture and presentation of its cookies. From the miniature, moist, slightly undercooked (in a good way) chocolate chip, to the massively thick, decadent macadamia cookie cake, there are countless ways to judge a good cookie.
Well, Cindy Lou’s Cookies located at 7320 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33138 has become the foundation upon which I shall judge all other cookies from now on. A fellow foodie friend recommended I visit this enchanting bakery and as soon as I walked in, the Krispy Kreme aromatics effect of a sightless gas luring you under its addictive scent. That, coupled with the Xanax level niceness from owner Cindy and her partner, will have you spending whatever it takes to indulge in the bakery’s delectable goodies.
The shop is located literally across the street from a milk factory – a cold glass of which is the perfect accompaniment to the cookies you can watch Cindy Lou and her team mix, bake, stack, and serve throughout the day in the open kitchen.
My delicious journey began, not with a cookie, but with vegan friendly, one-of-a-kind banana bread. Of all the banana bread recipes I’ve tasted, many are edible and good, but Cindy Lou knocked the shit out of them all (except for Sheronda, who we will meet later this year.)
Cindy Lou’s banana bread is so good, you will get mad if some asks for a piece. It’s the type that won’t-last-til-morning and make you want to fight your family if they unknowingly ate that piece you were saving for the next day.
Made in a mini-loaf, the bread dessert was moist, tender and chock full of pure banana and nutty flavor. Brown sugar gives it a gentle sweetness and richness not found in most recipes that call for granulated sugar. This is a major standout and a Miami proud item that can stand against some of the nation’s most notable pastry chefs and 5-star bakeries!
Next, we went for the Nutella Rice Crispy Crunch Brownie! Lawd give me strength. One bite and you will be on track to living your best life. The brownie was rich, decadent and packed with cocoa flavor, sugar hazelnut and the fleeting flavor of Nutella. It’s finished off with an unexpected crunch provided by the Rice Krispies.
How was I to continue after these two desserts? How could it get any better than this? I was seriously contemplating this as Cindy brought out a tray filled with several of her cookie creations. With over 30 flavors in her culinary war chest, we sampled 9 of them, starting with yet another vegan option in the incomparable Guava Coconut Macaroon. How the hell was this cookie vegan, tasting like this? This cookie was so damn good I almost had an episode up in this piece. Apparently, Cindy’s time spent at Hogwarts prepared her to demonstrate culinary magic on a consistent basis.
I moved on to yet another incredible selection in the Oatmeal Raisin (my favorite) that had me speaking in tongues. I didn’t realize it until I woke up on the ground with crumbs of granola around my mouth. The cookie is just plain disrespectful in being that damn good, with homemade granola as the base of this heavenly delight. Made with brown sugar, butter, raisins, toasted oats and lots of love, this cookie should be enjoyed with caution because you just might become addicted – like for real, for real, you will get hooked on this cookie, so please be careful. You can buy the granola separately as well if you want to stay away from the addictive cookie. It comes in an adorable bag which can easily double as a gift to anyone who enjoys artisanal homemade granola.
The red velvet cookie swirled with cream cheese could be used as currency – that’s how good this mofo cookie was. Cindy Lou is showing out at this review. This little Puerto Rican chef turned cookie master doesn’t realize it, but I am kind of in love with her cookies.
After tasting the loaded peanut butter cookie and the chocolate chip with walnuts, I pretended like I had to use the bathroom, but went in there to cry. Overwhelmed with emotions, I was thinking of Avant’s R & B remake of My First Love. I am dead ass serious. The flavors, atmosphere, service, and selection are like none other.
In our travels, cities like Chicago, Detroit, New York, and even Los Angeles usually boast artisanal bakeries with creative cookies and confections you see in social media videos and think “Damn I want one.” Well, Cindy Lou is one of those spots right here in Miami. It makes me very Miami Proud of what this culinarian has done in creating a true experience like none other.
I boldly predict that this bakery and its cookies will one day be known throughout the nation as one of our true culinary gems. You can reach Cindy Lou at (305) 456-8585 for orders.