By Regan Elyse Murray
Here’s the dish on Silver Moon’s gooey-yet-crunchy, chewy-but-soft chocolate chip cookie. Often overlooked amidst the many capable contenders for favorite cookie on the UWS, I believe the dessert merits its own moment in the spotlight.
Before we get into all the textures and flavors on offer in this single, handheld item, I would be doing a disservice if I failed to start, as the name does, with the chocolate. The entire pastry is honeycombed with massive, disk-shaped coins of it. This is lightly-bitter, richly-flavored dark chocolate packed into the softball-sized cookie at such a volume that it seems a miracle the treat maintains structural integrity.
And what a delicious structure it is! Let me now start from the cookie’s edges. Silver Moon bakes their chocolate chippers darker than most, allowing their exteriors to develop a shattering crisp and the caramelized, buttery flavor of holiday toffee. Working our way inwards, we hit the aforementioned chewy phase of the experience that gives our jaws something delightful to contemplate. Finally, we land in the sunken middle. This cookie is crater-shaped by design. The center has been left ever-so-slightly underbaked, affording a doughy core bite that feels delightfully devious to eat, reminiscent of the spoonfuls of batter many of us (myself included) used to sneak from the mixing bowl while adults’ backs were turned. Even in a place where cookies are as hotly contested as they are on the UWS, the Silver Moon chocolate chip cookie promises to be a crowd-pleaser.
Silver Moon Bakery
2740 Broadway (105th Street)
Hours: 8 am to 7 pm every day
Featured dish, Chocolate chip cookie ($4.25)
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