Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Dirty Cookie - Tustin

Yes, that's a shot glass molded from a cookie. And yes, that's milk inside the shot glass. And yes, this novelty came from The Dirty Cookie, the new specialty cookie stall inside Union Market at The District in Tustin--a hip rat maze of boutiques made for those who are young or have money to burn, or both.

Like Pizza Hut's pasta bread bowl and KFC's Double Down before it, it's something no one ever asked for. But now that it exists, my duty as a food blogger dictates that I had to try it, at least once.

Was it good? Yes. It tasted as I expected it to. It had the density of concrete because it needed to be. If the cookie material was less sturdy, the thing--quite literally--would not hold water. Also, to ensure that this pastry Hoover Dam kept the mighty milk Colorado at bay, the inner wall and lip of the vessel was covered in a layer of chocolate as moisture barrier.

Now, I admit that when I first heard about it, I thought to myself, "Why is this necessary? Who is so busy that they can't have a cookie and a glass of milk?" But then, I had my first nibble of cookie and sip of milk. I realized immediately that, by golly, I was enjoying this. It was kinda fun! And what is dessert if it's not fun?

After all, the ice cream cone exists not because people are incapable of eating a waffle and a separate bowl of ice cream.

Still, the price for one of these cookie shots can seem awfully steep. The Dirty Cookie charges $4.50 for one cookie (either chocolate chip, cookies-n-cream, or red velvet), which includes a pour of milk from their taps (either vanilla cream, chocolate milk cream, traditional milk, or, for those intolerant of lactose, vanilla almond milk).

But the cookie's small frame can be deceiving. This is actually a lot of cookie. If you were to take a mallet and flatten it to normal cookie dimensions, I would guess it would make a 5-inch diameter cookie that's a quarter of an inch thick. That's a big cookie.

Also included in the price: leakage insurance. If you find that it leaks at any point during consumption, you can come back and they'll give you a new cookie, free of charge. And one of ours did spring a leak, in fact. So we got a third cookie that I took home and filled with Bailey's.

But now that I've done the cookie shot, I'm looking forward to the next food novelty. Please let it be wine in goblets made of cheese.

The Dirty Cookie
2493 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
(949) 324-1574

India Gate - Tustin


At 1:30 PM, Blogger Greg Hao said...

$4.50 is too much for regular consumption but it's interesting enough to try once.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Douma Chan said...

Wow, this looks interesting. I've passed through that indoor mall-like area before but I must have missed this place. Thanks for the heads up.

At 8:37 AM, Blogger elmomonster said...


Yes. You definitely can't make a habit out of this.


It's easy to miss! Also, I believe it opened within the past month or so.


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