A thick, plug-like cookie that's packed with yum.

What: The Chocolate XTC cookie

Where: Cookie Plug, 67555 E. Palm Canyon Drive, No. F111, Cathedral City; also at 40100 Washington St., Bermuda Dunes

How much: $4 alone; discounts when buying three or more cookies

Contact: 760-656-0005 (Cathedral City); 760-360-7748 (Bermuda Dunes); www.thecookieplug.com

Why: It’s a damn good cookie.

After a pricey meal at a fancy Palm Desert restaurant one recent evening, the hubby and I declined the underwhelming offerings on the desert menu.

But that didn’t mean we weren’t in the mood for sweets, so we decided to try out a place I first heard about in this fine publication’s Restaurant News Bites column several months back: Cookie Plug. The SoCal chain, with about two dozen locations, recently came to the Coachella Valley, promising the “thickest and fattest cookies baked fresh daily.”

As we walked into the small Cathedral City location, the smell was amazing. A helpful employee walked us through things, explaining the various cookie types—including keto varieties—and various deals. Since this was a Friday, that meant a “fat sack,” aka a box of a dozen cookies, was discounted from $30 to $25. That was our choice.

We then started shouting out which cookies we wanted among the 15 or so offerings. We got two OGs (chocolate chip), a Nutty OG (chocolate chip walnut), a Cookie Cookie Cream, a Purple Haze (like red velvet, but purple), a Firecracker (s’mores ingredients), a Snooperdoodle (snickerdoodle) and various other varieties.

Then we went home and ate cookies all weekend. This was not a good weekend for our diets—but it sure was enjoyable.

Among our favorites were the OG, the Firecracker and the Nutty OG (though it lost points due to the presence of a piece of shell). However, our consensus fave was the Chocolate XTC, a chocolate cookie containing three types of chocolate chips—semi-sweet, white and bittersweet.

So much chocolate. So much yum.

Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. A native of Reno, Nevada, the Dodgers fan went to Stanford University intending to become a sportswriter—but fell...

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