Alt cookies

Illustration by Mark stivers

I used to eat vending-machine cookies in college, but have pretty much given up on packaged sweets since then. Too much processed fat and strange texture in most of them. Lately, though, I’ve been tempted repeatedly by some cellophane-wrapped goodies at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. The cookies, made in Sacramento by the Alternative Baking Company, have alliterative names like Outrageous Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter Persuasion and Explosive Espresso Chip. Even better, they have good flavor and real home-baked texture and they’re vegan. Not only no butter nor eggs, but also no preservatives nor refined sugars. The company sells their 11 products nationwide, and you can find them frequently in airports, and locally at Nugget Markets, Capitol Garage and the Noble Vegetarian. Look for the seasonal flavors that appear for a limited run. Peppermint Chocolate Delight is on the way out now, and Coconut Macaroon is next up.