The Weekend Gourmet: Elf Wendy Strikes Again...Ruby et Violette Cookie Giveaway! F

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Elf Wendy Strikes Again...Ruby et Violette Cookie Giveaway!

This summer, Michael and I spent a few days in New York. This was our second trip to this AMAZING city, and we had a fantastic time...we saw Wicked, attended a Letterman taping, visited a few museums, and watched the Astros play the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. We also saw lots of great music: jazz at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and the Village Vanguard...and a classical performance at Carnegie Hall. In between all that activity, we managed to eat our way around the city. One of our favorite stops was Ruby et Violette, a fantastic bakery  that specializes in gourmet cookies!!

We had seen the bakery featured on a TLC travel show a few weeks before our trip, so I jotted it down on our foodie places to try and visit during our trip. We were literally go-go-go the entire time, so we almost didn't make it to this charming little bakery. 


Our last day in town, we sat on a park bench outside of Shake Shack...eating delicious burgers and reminiscing about our amazing trip. We were sad that the trip was ending...but we had about an hour before we had to head to the airport. Michael asked me if I could pick one last place left on my New York Foodie List to visit, what would it be? Well...I never met a cookie I didn't like, so we jumped into a cab and headed to Ruby et Violette.

We dashed out of the cab with the meter still running and zipped inside to pick up a few cookies to snack on during the plane trip home. The bakery was so cute inside, and it smelled absolutely heavenly!! 


It was very hard to pick just three cookies to sample from their selection of gourmet cookies, but the meter was running...so we picked out three cookies and headed back to Texas.


We absolutely LOVED their cookies -- they're buttery and full of flavor!! They offer some flavors year-round, but others are strictly seasonal. When we got back home, we were thrilled to find out that Ruby et Violette offers mail-order service all over the U.S. via their website!!

Ruby et Violette generously sent me a 10-cookie bakery box to sample, which contains up to five of their seasonal cookie flavors. I visited their website last week and looked over all their current seasonal offerings. It was hard to pick, but I finally narrowed it down. The flavors I decided to try are: 
  • Creamy Seduction -- fudge cookie with a cream cheese swirl and dark chocolate
  • Creme de Menthe -- mint cookie with dark chocolate
  • Champagne Strawberry -- champagne, dried strawberries, and dark chocolate 
  • Oatmeal Raisin -- oatmeal, raisins, and semi-sweet chocolate
  • Spiced Oatmeal -- oatmeal, dark chocolate, and winter spices
As you can see, the cookies come sealed two per package, to ensure freshness. They're clearly labeled, and they smell good -- even through the packaging! Here's a close-up shot of the cookies after I unpacked them.


I'm not sure which flavor is my favorite. They're all so yummy...and they tasted just as fresh as the ones we had from the bakery this summer! The Creme de Menthe is the PERFECT holiday flavor profile. The Creamy Seduction is a bit like a cheesecake brownie...a soft fudgy cookie with a swirl of sweetened cream cheese. The Champagne Strawberry reminds me of a chocolate-covered strawberry in a cookie form. If you love oatmeal cookies, you'll love them even more with the addition of chocolate chunks!!

These cookies are so good that I just can't keep them to myself!! One of my readers is going to receive their very own 10-cookie box from the good folks at Ruby et Violette!! All you have to do is visit Ruby et Violette's website and take a look at their seasonal flavors. Simply click on each flavor to see a pop-up picture and description. Then come back here and leave me one comment below telling me (1) which five flavors you want to try (2) AND your e-mail address. 

This contest is open to U.S. residents. You have until 11:59 p.m. this Saturday (12/18) to enter. I'll pick the winner on Sunday and e-mail them to get their address. I'll forward the winner's cookie selections and shipping information to Ruby et Violette so they can send the package directly to the winner! What are you waiting for? Head on over to their website and check out all their amazing seasonal cookie flavors. Then come back here tell me what YOU want to try for your custom cookie sampler!!





25 comments:

  1. Wow! These cookie combos look amazing. My boyfriend is drooling over the flavors with me right now. He's my sweet tooth so I had to have him help pick! While they all look delicious, I think we've decided on:
    *Creamy Seduction
    *Red Velvet
    *Darn Good
    *Creme de Menthe
    *Sweet Potato

    I may just have to try my hand at some of these decadent cookie combinations!

    <3 Marea Email: Maread3@gmail.com

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  2. Soooo many delicious looking cookies and so many flavors, it was hard to choose! But I narrowed it down.
    Red Velvet
    Creamy Seduction
    Eggnog
    Toasted Coconut
    Rum Raisin

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  3. Oh yum:

    Espresso Bean
    Maple Walnut
    Root Beer Float
    Toasted Coconut
    Malted Milk

    naomi.tiscioneATgmailDOTcom

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  4. How can I pick from such delicious cookie choices?! I think I'd go with: Champagne Strawberry, Candy Jar, Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Chip.. man they sound good! sweetebakes@gmail.com

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  5. Breakup- Her Story
    Wild Berry
    Perfectly Pecan
    Gingerbread
    Root Beer Float

    andie325@cox.net

    yummy!

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  6. Geez! I would have never thought of some of those combos...specifically Exoctic Seduction which I have to try before my death. My other 4 would be:
    Candy Jar (the kids would kill me before I got to try the other if I didn't say this!)
    Rose (makes me think of you)
    Black Russian
    Champagne Strawberry!

    Wow....this is a giveaway i hope I win!!!xo

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  7. So many delicious choices! My picks include Break Up-his story, perfect, champagne strawberry, espresso bean and sweet seduction.

    kellee325@yahoo.com

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  8. Hope that I win these:

    Gingerbread
    Rum Raisin
    Champagne Strawberry
    Sweet Seduction
    Espresso Bean

    Thanks for sharing the cookies.
    beckysbakingandcooking@gmail.com

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  9. What a great giveaway, Wendy! NYC this time of year is infectious with Christmas spirit, I love it and can't wait to go myself the day after Christmas. Anyway, here are my favorite five and my email address:

    georgia.johnson@live.com

    Geisha Seduction
    Gingerbread
    Perfectly Pecan
    Lemon White
    Creamy Seduction

    Thanks again!

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  10. Oh man! All of those in-season cookies sound delicious! If I had to narrow it down to five I would have to pick:

    First Kiss
    Perfect
    Banana Walnut
    Toasted Coconut
    Gingerbread

    e-mail is mtlabor (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  11. mmmm...cookies!

    My top 5 would be:
    Creme de Menthe
    Pumpkin
    First Kiss
    Fig
    Stuck on You

    hugbandit7 (at) gmail

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  12. First of all, how cool of you to do such a tasty give away!

    Lots of lovely flavors. Let me see:

    The Breakup (his story)
    Perfect
    Sweet Seduction
    Gingerbread
    Spiced Oatmeal

    My email is onlinepastrychef at yahoo dot com

    Thanks again--and it's lovely getting to know you on twitter:)

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  13. I love that you chose to get cookies as your last NY hurrah! I'd definitely pick:

    1) malted milk
    2) perfect
    3) creme de menthe
    4) sweet seduction
    5) peanut butter chip

    lawyerloveslunch (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I adore adore NYC, and I'm so glad you had a good time. I can't wait until I can return, and rest assured, I will visit this precious bakery.
    As for my choices:
    Gingerbread
    Strawberry Champagne
    Pumpkin
    Toasted Coconut
    Rum Raisin
    I hope you have a wonderful end to your week. Thank you for brightening my day!

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  15. This sounds awesome-love cookies!!!
    My picks are: Malted Milk, Lemon White, Pumpkin, Peanut Butter Chip, and of course the Red Velvet!! Sooo excited-hope I win;) lol
    pepperedpantry@gmail.com

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  16. Yum!

    Red Velvet
    Stuck on You
    Creamy Seduction
    Primal Seduction
    Sweet Seduction

    atlrunnergirl at gmail dot com

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  17. what a fun giveaway! i can't believe i almost missed this post because it was buried in my overloaded google reader. =) thanks for the reminder!
    i'd choose-

    espresso bean
    exotic seduction
    red velvet
    black russian
    eggnog

    thanks for a fun giveaway!
    amy (at) fearlesshomemaker (dot) com

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  18. Yum, yum, yum! I'd pick eggnog, red velvet, malted milk, creme de menthe, & root beer float! I'm going to nyc soon so may have to check this place out :)

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  19. shoot I hate to be that annoying person who comments twice :( My email is thenashvillenosher at gmail dot com. gracias!

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  20. that is another reason that it is so sad to live in copenhagen Denmark, i can almost taste the cookies. irks, I envy you.. merry christmas!

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  21. These look wonderful. I would try pumpkin, espresso bean, first kiss, perfectly pecan and incomparable.
    judy@jhmartin.org

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  22. I can't believe you actually made your plane, with all that to choose from! Here are the ones I would love to try:

    Darned Good
    Toasted Coconut
    Cranberry Walnut
    Malted Milk
    Rose

    My email is txmom2jami at gmail dot com!

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  23. OMG, these sound absolutely delightful! I'm adding this place to my must-do list for an upcoming NYC trip!
    Thanks so much for such a generous giveaway!
    My top 5 would be:
    Red Velvet
    Creme de Menthe
    Eggnog
    Cranberry Walnut
    Toasted Coconut
    My e-mail is Kelly AT eventologyweddings DOT com
    Now I'm off to go salivate over these some more!

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  24. Red Velvet
    Cranberry Walnut
    Lemon White
    Smooth Seduction
    Sweet Seduction

    boris dot cynthia @ gmail.com

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  25. Creme de Menthe
    Red Velvet
    Malted Milk
    Gingerbread
    Sweet Seduction

    Thanks

    charisscharity at yahoo dot com

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