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Anyone who knows me, knows I am a total foodie and will pay just about anything to try something once --though, sometimes it takes me a while to justify it. And after eyeing up Tampa's Matt's Fat Cookies for nearly a year, I finally took the plunge and paid an ungodly amount of money for four cookies; but the question remains, was it worth it?
TLDR; I'd say that for the experience it's worth ordering them once, or even once in a while, but is it sustainable as a dessert option every night, probably not.
I ordered my four cookies in the flavors of my choosing (the only option available was ordering a four-pack) at the beginning of the week when "the drop" was still open (the cookies aren't available all the time, they're made in batches called "drops" every few weeks or when they feel like it as their IG bio states). They were baked on Wednesday night and shipped out on Thursday, and they arrived today --so shipping was pretty fast for me but it's probably only because I live in the area. I could have opted to pick them up at a location in Tampa, which would have made the total $20 ($5/cookie) as opposed to $33 (it was $13 for shipping), but I decided to pay extra to avoid driving around the city, so that one's on me.
Advertised as "half-pound fat cookies" they definitely didn't disappoint in the weight department. I was pleasantly surprised at how dense they were, and according to my kitchen scale they impressively weighed in slightly above 2lbs. Photo for reference:
Another thing that I was impressed by is that they're baked all the way through, like, perfectly. The outside is not overcooked nor is the inside undercooked; it's like they were baked as normal, flat cookies! I'm seriously so impressed by this because I have a habit of over or undercooking normal baked goods and I can only imagine how terribly these would turn out if I tried to recreate them. So in this case, to me, the quality is definitely worth the price.
As for the most important question, "how did they taste," well...
As I mentioned above, I chose from a decently long list of possible flavors, but I ended up opting to try the four above, so I can only speak to those. Most of the flavors offered are a little more exotic and exciting than your average store-bought cookie, which is a plus in my opinion, but it could be a turn off if Pillsbury was what you are expecting.
For reference, here's what each of the cookies in this particular drop had in them:
Quarantine Party, filled with white chocolate chips and rainbow sprinkles, appealed to me the most because of the bright colors, but my favorite flavor has to be the chocolate chip with salt on top. Something about mixing a little extra salt in with the chocolate makes it truly pop.
The cookies are very sweet (particularly Quarantine Party with the icing on top), which could be another turn off for some, but I went into this knowing it would be a sugar rush. The consistency was more towards crumbly and dry as opposed to soft and gooey, but when heated in the microwave they become gooey!
With that being said, they're cookies and yes, they taste like cookies. You could probably find these recipes and make them at home for yourself for a fraction of the cost --but you aren't supporting a local family that way, plus who has time to make an entire batch (or four, if you get different flavors) just for themselves?
Personally, I am pleased with my purchase --the quality is amazing-- and I think four cookies is more than enough to hold my sweet cravings over for a very long while, so I don't believe it'll be an ongoing expense for me. It will take me at least a couple of days to make it through a single cookie on my own --so dessert for the next week is totally sorted for me, my main concern is hoping that they stay fresh as long as it takes me to eat them.
There's no doubt that for most of us, $5 for a single cookie (plus shipping) is a LOT -- especially when you have to buy four at a time (that's a lot for one person!)-- and perhaps hard to justify, but when you take into consideration that you're paying for convenience and quality, it makes it a bit more excusable. If you can find someone to split the cost with, even better! Of course, it comes down to personal opinion but I think that with all of those things in mind, it's totally worth it to overlook the expense and try Matt's Fat Cookies at least once, afterall, where else can you find such monstrous goodies?
The next drop of cookies is TBD, but will be announced on their IG page here.
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