In a society where we can get almost anything delivered — pizza, dry cleaning, a Snuggie two-pack with two bonus booklights (only $14.99 at Costco.com!) — it shouldn’t surprise anyone that cookies can now come out of a car rather than your oven. On initial consideration, one could lament the extreme laziness of the cookie-consuming public that necessitates such a service. But then you’re surprised at the office with a carton of freshly baked, crumbly goodness and you slap your forehead wondering why you didn’t think of this before.
The Twin Cities boast two home-grown options for when the cookie urge strikes. The Cookie Cart sprung from an initiative of a local nun, Sister Jean Thuerauf, to keep at-risk kids off the North Minneapolis streets. Inviting them into her home to bake cookies, Sister Jean got the idea to sell the cookies by pushcart, and the Cookie Cart was born. Now a full-scale job-training program, the Cookie Cart employs local teenagers and teaches them basic job skills along with the cookie recipes. Tank Goodness is the brainchild of Anne and Dennis Tank, a South Minneapolis husband-and-wife team who decided to quit their jobs and start sending their signature oatmeal chocolate chip cookies around the Twin Cities in custom-painted Mini Coopers.
Which cookie to choose? The Heavy Table has developed a handy pros-and-cons list to help you make this all-important decision.
The Cookie Cart
Pros: multiple varieties of cookies available, money goes to a worthy cause, no minimum order
Cons: delivery costs extra and timing can be off (an order placed for 2 p.m. was delivered at 11:30 a.m.), cookies arrived cold
Pros: cookies arrive in specially designed boxes that keep them warm and soft, made with premium ingredients like organic eggs and local butter, can be delivered with a half-gallon of local milk, free delivery for locations within 5 miles of Tank Goodness’ 50th St. and Xerxes Ave. facility
Cons: only one variety of cookie offered, two dozen minimum order
And the results of the taste test? While Tank Goodness’ oatmeal chocolate chip was the hands-down winner over the Cookie Cart’s chocolate chip, the Cookie Cart won kudos for its not-too-sweet chocolate chocolate chip variety. But since the Cookie Cart cookies arrived cold, it was hard to make a truly accurate comparison. You might have to order a few dozen and judge for yourself.
Cookies start at $7/dozen, delivery $8.50 for downtown Minneapolis (call to confirm delivery fees for greater metro area); no minimum order
Bakery line: 612.521.0855 x103
Fax for order forms: 612.521.9293
Cookies are $20/dozen, delivery fees vary from $0 to $10, based on location; two dozen minimum order
Cookie hotline: 612.824.TANK
Fax for order forms: 612.824.LOVE