Batter is Better :: Eat Local Cookies!

Batter is Better :: Eat Local Cookies!

A little over a decade ago, cupcake stores took the world by storm, with gourmet cupcake shops opening up everywhere. Some of these cupcake stores withstood the fad and stayed in business, but most closed shop as the cupcake craze died down.

In more recent years, it’s cookie stores that have been all the rage. While the mall-based cookie cake shops are still holding strong, epicurean cookie shops, specializing in giant cookies, are trending. Any time a national franchise opens in a new area, locals go crazy, and the lines to try the newest and greatest delicacy rival Randazzo’s on the Epiphany.

Personally, I think most of these cookie shops are going to suffer the same fate as the cupcake shops of the early 2000s. While I can always go for a good chocolate chip cookie, I find the cookies from these places are WAY too sweet. I can never have more than a small bite of their sugar-loaded treats. And let’s be honest, none of these cookie shops sell anything other than cookies, which I don’t entirely understand as a business model.

In the midst of the cookie conquest, a small bakery opened in Downtown Hammond. Like many of the national brands, Batter specializes is giant cookies, but in my humble opinion, their cookies are much better. Batter’s dome-like cookies look and taste homemade. Each week they offer unique flavors, such as honey bun, cosmic cocoa, and ooey gooey butter cake, as well as classics, like chocolate chip.

And they don’t just sell cookies! Batter also offers petit fours, macaroons, brownies, and delicious cupcakes. Though they aren’t the massive, cupcakes topped with mountains of frosting that defined the cupcake craze of the past, they are moist and perfectly proportioned. If you’re up for something other than donuts breakfast, they also have the best cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had and “pop-tart” style pastries that people rave about. You can also place cake orders or bulk orders for parties.

So next time you’re craving a decadent cookie, consider Batter’s catch phrase, “eat local cookies,” and support a delicious local business instead.

Kelly Vollmer
Kelly first moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University, from which she earned a B.S. in Psychology and English and an M.A. in English. She quickly discovered New Orleans was the place where she had always belonged, and her high school sweetheart, Jeff, soon followed her here. They have now been married for 16 years and have two beautiful girls, Emma Jane (11) and Hannah (6), and 4 year-old pup named Ember. Kelly is a lover of all things nerdy, a proud fangirl, and she is a passionate high school English teacher.


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