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Cookies and Carla Hall at ACKC

July 27, 2011

When Prince of Petworth announced a free cookie tasting at ACKC with hometown Top Chef star Carla Hall, my friends and I immediately signed up. Who doesn’t love free cookies?!

Even though she’s originally from Nashville, Carla is a true Washingtonian — she went to culinary school in Gaithersburg, where I grew up, and attended Howard University here in DC. Washingtonians love that Carla, along with other local Top Chefs like Spike Mendelsohn and the Voltaggio brothers, haven’t ditched DC in favor of more famously foodie cities like New York or Chicago.

The cookie tasting celebrated the launch of Alchemy by Carla Hall, mini cookies that will pop up soon at Whole Foods among other places.

Quite a crowd of Washingtonians showed up — it was about 90% women so I guess that’s who likes free cookies the most — for a sampling of mini bites and champagne.

We tried four flavors: black forest crinkle, Mexican chocolate (my favorite, with a hint of cinnamon), pecan shortbread and almond ginger cherry shortbread.

Carla says she purposefully makes the cookies bite-size so you can eat a few — and different flavors! — each time you need a sweet fix. Some of the cookies are gluten-free and there’s also a savory collection, which we didn’t get to try but sounds equally delicious.

Then again, I’m a chocolate girl. Chocolate, chocolate, everywhere!

I’m going to be honest: the cookies are amazing. But at $8 a bag, that’s a little steep for my cookie budget. For a special occasion, maybe, but as yummy as they are, Alchemy by Carla Hall cookies aren’t going to become my go-to sweet treat.

ACKC, though? It was my first time there — I thought it was just a chocolate shop and had no idea there was a full coffee bar and cafe — but I already want to go back. Cute decor, friendly owner, comfy atmosphere..


What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Oatmeal chocolate chip will always be tops, especially when made by my mom. I used to think it was her secret recipe but it turns out that the ‘secret’ was following the Toll House recipe. 😉 It still tastes better than when I make it!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 12:51 pm

    I love ACKC! They have a brie truffle that you have to try, if you didn’t already, as well as a neat little Chinese Five Spice chocolate bar

    • July 27, 2011 1:30 pm

      I had no idea how cute it was! Definitely want to go back in the winter and try the hot cocoa.

  2. July 27, 2011 1:45 pm

    Love the post as always! Wow, that girl in the middle looks really familiar in your last picture…

    Pictures look great! Love the shot of the Hootie Hoo card and cookie sample.

  3. July 27, 2011 5:06 pm

    I’ve never been to ACKC but I have tried some chocolate from Coco Sala at Zoofari last year and was somewhat underwhlemed. I will have to go there sometime!

    • July 27, 2011 5:36 pm

      I didn’t try any chocolate but it’s worth checking out just for the adorable atmosphere.


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