Several weeks ago a local company sent me six samples of their produce, asking for honest feedback. I was that impressed that I decided to write a full post about them!
Kookee is a family run Artisan business that started in County Louth in 2009. They specialise in “high quality” cookies. Their products range from freshly baked cookies, frozen uncooked dough for restaurants and deli counters and an easy make dry mix so you can create your own cookies at home. Their ingredients are locally sourced, and are of the highest quality, several of their cookie mixes are also Gluten free. Kookee’s website explains the heart warming story behind the brand, explaining that the inspiration for Kookee came from spending Saturday mornings baking.
I decided to start with the Triple Chocolate Chip cookie mix (no surprise there); I was impressed to read that it contained ‘normal ingredients’, ingredients that I would use when baking, such as brown sugar and baking powder not unheard of replacements.
I emptied the mix into a bowl and followed the instructions. I set the oven to 180 degrees and insured my butter was at room temperature. After that it was easy, stir in the butter and one egg into the mix!
I stirred the mix until a dough was formed (really easy to do), they I made 16 little balls and placed them on a baking sheet. Finally, I flattened the balls out and placed the baking sheet into the preheated oven.
After about 15 minutes I had these wonderful fresh cookies! I left them to cool for a minute on the baking tray before transferring them onto a wire rack.
I was really impressed that the large white, dark and milk chocolate chips had stayed intact, giving the cookie that fantastic chocolate flavour.
Next, I tried the Gluten free Coconut and Cranberry mix. THE SMELL!!!!!!!! As soon as I opened the packet I was hit buy a delicious fresh coconut smell and I could see large dried cranberries. Just like the chocolate chips, I was impressed by the quality ingredients that had been used. These cookies would be great for someone that isn’t a chocolate fan, but who likes a treat with a cuppa.
The Kookee website also gave me another idea; when is a cookie not a cookie???? Er, when you can adapt the mix to use for other things! Their blog was full of great ideas, so I thought I’d give one of them a bash with the third packet…
I used the Gluten free Oatmeal and Chocolate mix to make a crumble topping to go with some soft pears from the fruit bowl. All I had to do was rub 100g of butter into the mixture and pop it on top of the fruit. I should point out that I sprinkled some cinnamon onto of the pears before I added the crumble…
I popped the crumble into a preheated oven (180 degrees) for about 40 minutes. I let it cool for a couple of minutes before serving it up. It was crunchy and biscuit-y which matched the soft juicy fruit perfectly. A really clever idea!
So, my verdict…. What great products! I’d highly recommend them if you want a quick child friendly bake for the children or if you need something sweet to serve up with a pot of coffee.