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Cravin Cookies And More In The Land Of Enchantment

By S. Mathur

If you're craving cookies in the Land of Enchantment, the consensus seems to be that there's just one place to go. That's a small adobe bakery on the edge of town, where you can get the most incredible cookies, biscotti and baked goods. Cravin Cookies...and More! is a favorite with residents and travelers in Albuquerque NM, and for good reason. The cookies taste so good because they're baked fresh using local, seasonal ingredients.

The base recipes have been handed down in owner Barb Hively's family for over a hundred years. Hively's job description is extensive, and includes the roles of owner and baker as well as gardener, plumber, accountant, cleaning crew, and dreamer.

"We offer homemade cookies in our inviting home like atmosphere," she said. "Unlike what is common in many bakeries, I actually cut down on sugar as much as possible in our products so you really taste the ingredients, not sugary preservatives."

There's always something new to try, since Hively likes to experiment with unique and fun flavor combinations. So you never know what you'll find, but you can be sure it will be delicious. The locally-roasted coffee is delicious too. The cookies are seasonal, which is an important tradition that Hively likes to preserve. Flavors include unique offerings like red chili chocolate and lavender shortbread as well as the more familiar brownies and chocolate chip cookies.

"I have seasonal favorites that stay sacred to their seasonal childhood memories for me," she said. "Holiday/Christmas favorites, for example, are only available during the featured weeks. Likewise, I don't use canned fruits, etc, so the only time you get goodies here with zucchini, cherries, peaches, apples, etc, is when I can pick or trade for them fresh from the tree or vine in season."

The bakery has been open for 17 years, and visitors still get a free sample when they walk in the door. They can admire the local artwork on display while choosing their cookies. There are even dog biscuits to take home. The cookies are also a popular choice for business gifts, and realtors often buy gift certificates for their clients.

"We also display work from local artists including jewelry, pottery, paintings, local coffee, and more!" Hively said. "Throughout the year we also have artist events where we have a show with one artist for the day and book signings with local authors. It is beneficial to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with events and goodies coming out of the oven!"

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