Monday, August 5, 2013

Spotlight and Giveaway: New York's Salt of the Earth Bakery

-- Everything a cookie always wanted to be. ™

Have I got a treat for you today, especially if you love sweet and salty baked goods as much as I do! Salt of the Earth Bakery is located in New York, and they have a fabulous line of cookies and brownies that are flavored with a variety of finishing salts. During our April trip to New York, I had a chance to sit down with owner Alexandra Rabbani to learn more about this history of the company and sample some of her amazing products. We featured them in our article The Sweet Side of New York. Imagine how excited I was to find out that Salt of the Earth recently began shipping most of their baked goods all over the country via their website. Now I can get my fix without having to spring for airfare to New York!! Alexandra has a vibrant personality, and she's very passionate about her products. I am a huge fan of her cookies and brownies, so I'm thrilled to be able to share them with you today. Alexandra recently sent me The Whole Shebang from her online store: three flavors of cookies plus three flavors of brownies, and one of you is going to receive the same sampler as well!

The Cookie is the one that started it all. While her husband was studying for the New York Bar a few years back, Alexandra baked...a lot. This cookie was the end result and because quite popular with friends and family. This is a sinfully good chocolate chip cookie topped with Maldon sea salt. The cookie is slightly chewy, with tons of chocolate chips. The salt is perfectly balanced with the sweet, making for one of the most unique cookies I've ever tasted. I absolutely love the sweet-salty combination of this's downright addictive. 

The Chocoholic is perfect if you like a double dose of chocolate in your cookies. A chocolate-infused cookie base is studded with chocolate chips. Like The Cookie, The Chocoholic is also topped with Maldon sea salt. I found that the deep, intense chocolate flavor of this cookie paired exceptionally well with the sea salt sprinkled on top. I'm not normally a huge fan of double chocolate cookies, but I couldn't stop eating these! Much like chocolate-covered pretzels are salty-sweet, so are these amazing cookies. I shared these with my co-workers, who raved about them.

The Wild Oat was Michael's hands-down favorite cookie of the trio. His all-time favorite cookie is oatmeal-raisin, and he couldn't stop raving about these. The chewy oatmeal cookies are filled with plump golden raisins and seasoned with cinnamon and a healthy dose of spicy nutmeg. They have a bit more spicy punch than the average oatmeal cookie, but we loved it! These cookies are topped with crunchy Bali Rama sea salt. The salt pairs amazingly well with the earthy oatmeal and spicy nutmeg. We paired these with chai tea for a fantastic evening treat.

We also received three flavors of Salt of the Earth brownies to sample: The Brownie, The Kona and the off-the-charts good OMGCB. All three brownie flavors were incredibly delicious. If you like moist, fudgy brownies...look no further. Like the cookies, Alexandra's brownies also feature finishing salts. The Brownie is perfect for brownie purists: fudgy and topped with Welsh Halen Mon sea salt. The Kona is flavored with espresso and topped with Hawaiian Kona sea salt. Then there's the OMGCB, which is labeled as Holy Mother of Brownies. That's the truth! This brownie was my personal favorite, a rich brownie topped with soft caramel and French sea salt. If you like salted caramel, you'll absolutely flip for this brownie! Confession: I may have hidden the OMGCB so I didn't have to share and could have them all to myself.

I'm so thrilled to share Salt of the Earth Bakery with you today. Alexandra is going to give one of you your very own The Whole Shebang sampler described above so you can try her goodies for yourself! To enter the giveaway, you'll need to visit the SOTE Bakery website. Then come back and tell me which item you're most excited to try. Make sure to leave me your e-mail address, so I can find you if you're the winner. I will accept entries until Thursday 8/8 at 1159 pm CST. I will notify the winner by e-mail the following day. Good luck!!

Disclosure: Salt of the Earth Bakery sent me one of their The Whole Shebang gift packs to facilitate this feature. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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