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Oh, How Sweet It Is: Tiff's Treats

I first sampled the cookies in Austin. Then, I fell in love and out of my chair.

On the table sat a beautiful white gift box with blue ribbon. Inside, reflected on shiny silver paper, lay a dozen scrumptious, full-bodied cookies in ten different flavors. I couldn't keep my hands off them.

Tiff's Treats serves up and doles out big, chewy goodies from scratch, straight out of the oven and with homemade flair. And the great news for our city is they are now open and deliver in Houston.

I eat a lot of cookies. One a day won't keep the diabetes away, but they sure can warm my heart and ease my soul. Tiffany and Leon Chen of Tiff's Treats have mastered the art of dessert with their sublime cookie dough heated to perfection.

For my tasting, I ordered all ten flavors and a brownie. How else could I be sure which to label the best of the best?

No cookie-cutter confection, the treats are thick, chunky rounds of fresh, delectable baked batter. They're soft, dense and not overpowering or sugar-sweet. Just right.

These were the best:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip -- I don't much like peanut butter, even when it's paired with chocolate. But this treat was surprisingly tasty. With the second bite, I took notice of what people have been yapping about for years, that peanut butter and chocolate do go together like me and a cookie. Here, the peanut butter was light, smooth and not overwhelming, while the chocolate chips were subtly sweet.

White Chocolate Chip Almond -- Oh, man, this was good. The sugary white chips pierce a bit when bitten into, but balance very nicely with the fluff of the cookie. Tiff's must slice the almonds razor-thin, because I couldn't locate even one, though I did sense the delicate nutty flavor. I dare say almond outshines macadamia. And with the rumor that this revered nut improves brain function, somebody bring me another.

Oatmeal Raisin -- Who likes raisins? Nobody likes raisins. They're weird. But I love an oatmeal cookie. So I did like every finicky eater and ate around, above and beyond those little shriveled-up, dried grapes. Why not name the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip one of the best? Because for reasons unbeknownst to me, the Oatmeal Raisin proved softer and more flavorful, possibly due to the lightly sweetened fruit, in a way that the chocolate chip overshot.

The rest of the best:

Chocolate Chip, Snickerdoodles, M&M, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sugar, Butterscotch Chip.

I didn't even get to the brownie. But if past history informs the future, then I predict that a big, square mound of dense chocolate goodness...

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Sapna Patel
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