Recently, the folks at Moondance Gluten-Free Desserts sent me a package with a variety of their treats. The first time I ever tried a Moondance goodie, was in California a few years ago on wine tour vacation with David. It was the one year anniversary of my celiac diagnosis and I remember my Moondance fudge brownie being perfectly chocolatey and a yummy treat on an afternoon in Sonoma, between vineyards. (Ah, what a vacation.)
Just feeling a little nostalgic about our trip...
My most recent indulgence in Moondance did not include brownies but three other sweet items: chocolate chip cookie bars, Mexican Wedding Cookies and chocolate crinkle cookies. Delicious! All three of these goodies tasted homemade, or fresh from a bakery, not straight from a box, like so many store bought items.
Of course I immediately went for their chocolate chip cookie bar, which is a blondie bar with mini chocolate chips. While I can’t say it’s better than my homemade version , these bars are pretty darn good. Moondance manages to make these bars with a hint of butteriness (is that a word?) making them taste so fresh and not processed. Perfect with a bowl of ice cream or by themselves. I like to heat mine up in the microwave for about ten seconds before indulging. Mmm…
The Mexican wedding cookies, butter cookies with pecans and coated in powdered sugar, didn’t handle the trip very well and were in pieces upon arrival but this didn’t stop me from eating them. Perfectly buttery and not overbearingly sweet. These treats are perfect with afternoon tea, reminding me a little of shortbread, but with the added bonus of powdered sugar.
Lastly, the chocolate crinkle cookie, a fudge cookie rolled in powdered sugar. David claimed these cookies as his favorite of the bunch and asked for them with ice cream each night. (I tried not take it personally that he chose these over my monster cookies .) The chocolate crinkle cookies are lightly crisp on the outside, yet chewy on the inside. I love the use of powdered sugar on both the Mexican wedding cookies and the crinkles.
I would highly recommend heading to Whole Foods (their Paces Ferry location has Moondance goodies) or the nearest location to you, that sells Moondance Desserts, and sampling these treats for yourself. They also make brownies and cheesecakes, so you have a variety of options to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Have any of you tried Moondance Desserts? What are your favorites?