There are lots of reasons why my favorite local coffeeshop is my favorite. The coffee is good, I always get a seat near the window, the cute boy who works at the gym down the street always smiles at me when he comes in for some caffeine…but that’s not all.

This is also where I first encountered Liz Lovely cookies, in a basket with a big GLUTEN-FREE sign. I got hungry, I got some cookies, and then I wrote an email to the folks at Liz Lovely and asked them to send me some more – all in the name of research, of course.

Nice people that they are, Liz & co sent me a beautiful box filled with their fair-trade, organic, vegan, gluten-free cookies.

“All those adjectives, and the cookies were still good?” you ask.

Oh yes. They were. Let me tell you:

My vegan roommate and I conducted an extremely scientific study, along with a motley crew of non-restricted eaters. We scored cookies based on flavor and texture, with extra points for dippability (only awarded if we had a mug of hot coffee on hand).

Our hands-down favorite was the Snickerdoodle, which I could have sworn was made from butter and wheat. A great, soft texture, a nice amount of cinnamon sugar on the top, and a pleasant and natural-tasting vanilla flavor in the cookie; it was a real winner.

We also really liked the Oatmeal Raisin, which made for an excellent breakfast cookie but would have been equally satisfying at another point in the day. The raisins were plump and evenly distributed, the warm-spice taste was yummy, and it held up to my coffee like a champ.

The Chocolate Chip cookie had the same score, and kind of reminded me of raw cookie dough. If I would have been able to exercise more restraint, I would have saved some of this one to eat with vanilla ice cream. Me. Restraint. Around chocolate chip cookies. Who was I kidding to even think such a thing?

We enjoyed the other flavors too, but if I go into too much detail about the Chocolate Fudge or Ginger Molasses I’m just going to get hungry again. One word of advice: these are big cookies! The packs of 2 are meant for sharing. I don’t know what would happen to you if you ate them both in one sitting, but you might go from mogwai to gremlin and that’s not pretty.

You can find out more about Liz Lovely on their website, which also gives you the option to find a reseller near you or to order cookies directly.

Have you seen these gluten-free cookies near you? If you’ve had them, what did you think and what’s your favorite flavor?