|My four cookies from Raimondi's|
I stumbled on Greek cookies in a florist-bakery in Ellicott City, and I was excited to find that they're exceptional and doing something with butter that I can't do myself.
Step inside Raimondi's on Rte 108, and you'll see maybe 10 cookie variations. These were rich treats, but they're somehow also light and crisp. Delicious buttery flavor as I ate them, but no oily after taste or heavy feel. Some vanilla. Some chocolate. A few dipped in chocolate, just a touch. Imagine cookies slightly softer than biscotti, but closer to that dry, classy cookie as opposed to a gooey chocolate chip.
Raimindi's has a full bakery display and a candy counter inside the florist shop. They buy the cookies from Yia Yia's bakery if I understood correctly. They also sell pies and cakes. They can special order Vaccaro's cannolis with a day or two's notice.
I only ate four cookies. And I forgot to write the names. I was just experimenting on a lark. Raimondi's is a florist next to Coal Fire Pizza and across from Starbucks. I pulled in for caffeine, but I was so pleased by the cookies that I forgot to buy an espresso.
Raimondi's is definitely worth checking out. I have bought more than my share of cookies or candy displayed in retail stores. Most are not interesting. These Greek cookies are worth driving to pick up -- and I'll be pleased to hear if the pies, cakes or candies meet the same standard.