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8. Three Brothers Bakery

At first glance, you might not want the oatmeal raisin cookie from Three Brothers Bakery; it's flat and doesn't look like anything special, particularly when compared to the beautiful black and white cookies or any of the dipped decorated cookies. But Three Brothers creates one of the softest oatmeal cookies in Houston. The oats in this one are tinier than those found in most other oatmeal cookies; it's almost as though they are finely ground. Overall, this is a super-soft oatmeal cookie, from the base to the raisins.

7. The Chocolate Bar

Be careful, this cookie is mighty spicy.
Molly Dunn
Be careful, this cookie is mighty spicy.

Usually when you visit The Chocolate Bar, you're going for something chocolaty. But we're telling you to get the Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookie, despite its lack of chocolate. This thick, dense cookie (available at the Rice Village location only) is studded with fresh cranberries and loaded with oatmeal. However, it's the intense vanilla flavor that makes this one a winner. If you like adding extra vanilla extract to your dough when baking, then you're going to go crazy over this oatmeal cookie.

6. Sinfull Bakery

Dylan Carnes knows how to make anyone love vegan baked goods. Her oatmeal raisin cookie is chock-full of oats and infused with soy-free maple; it's such a joy to eat that you won't even remember that it's a vegan treat. It has the texture of her incredible Everything Bars: soft and crumbly. It's a beautiful cookie to look at, with the ever-present oats sticking out of every nook and cranny. You can find Sinfull Bakery oatmeal raisin cookies at various local coffee shops such as Black Hole, Catalina and Agora, as well as at Urban Harvest Farmers Markets.

5. Ooh La La Bakery

You could get the regular oatmeal raisin cookie at Ooh La La Bakery, but we think you should set your sights on the Ranger cookie. Ask the ­cashier what's in these, and the description alone will make you salivate. Rice Krispies cereal with oats and coconut make up the base of this dense, sweet cookie. The cereal adds a crunchy texture, while the coconut and oats create an overall chewy experience.

4. Michael's Cookie Jar

Michael Savino is known for his beautifully decorated buttery shortbread cookies, but you need to try his oatmeal raisin cookie from the Americana Collection. Savino uses real butter in all his recipes, so each bite is tender and instantly melts in your mouth. These cookies are not only loaded with oats, they're also topped with his house-made oat granola for extra sweetness and crunch. Toss in some sweet raisins, and you'll feel like Grandma made you that cookie.

3. Tiff's Treats

Even after you take them home, Tiff's Treats's cookies are still warm and gooey. It's a mystery how they do it, but their oatmeal chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies are incredible. It's unfortunate that these tender cookies studded with oats and raisins or chocolate chips are smaller than most other cookies, but it's fortunate that there are many locations throughout Houston — and they deliver!

2. Petite Sweets

How can we have a list of oatmeal cookies without including oatmeal cream cookies? Petite Sweets may make tiny treats, but that doesn't mean they aren't finger-licking good. In fact, you'll be licking the sweet, smooth vanilla frosting stuffed between two oatmeal raisin cookies, because with one bite the cream comes spilling out. And since these are small, it's okay to indulge in more than one.

1. Pondicheri

Chef Anita Jaisinghani is always making inventive sweets that are sold in the Bake Lab at Pondicheri; there's no question as to why she's building a bakery upstairs. If you visit Pondicheri without getting the chocolate oatmeal chile cookie, you're wrong, just so wrong. It's spicy, sweet, comforting and a reflection of Jaisinghani's talent. You might need a glass of water (or a glass of milk) with each bite. And even though your mouth might be on fire from the intense chile powder, you won't be able to keep your hands off this thick, moist oatmeal cookie.
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Wine School

Ciao, Bella
Houston Press Tasting Panel Takes on Chianti.

Jeremy Parzen

Just say the word"Chianti"and you evoke winding roads lined with cypress trees and old limestone farmhouses in what is perhaps Italy's most photographed and photogenic region, Tuscany.

Whether it's mentions in pop culture (who can forget Hannibal Lecter's infamous pairing?) or the straw-flasked bottles that once hung from the mom-and-pop Italian joints that we all loved as kids, Chianti is arguably one of the world's most recognizable wines. No matter the level of wine appreciation, enthusiasm or connoisseurship, nearly everyone has tasted a Chianti at some point in his or her adult life.

Chianti is produced in a number of Tuscan appellations, or DOCs (which stands for denominazione d'origine controllata or designation of controlled origin, a classification system created in the 1960s and based on the French AOC (or appellation d'origine contrôlée). These include Chianti dei Colli Fiorentini (in Florence province), Chianti dei Colli Senesi (Siena province) and Chianti Rufina, named after the village, one of the highest-elevation townships in Chianti, where it is made.

The most famous, of course, is Chianti Classico, so named because it covers the original townships or communes where Chianti has been produced since the 18th century, when Tuscany's ruling family, the Medici, began to regulate wine production there.

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