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Cookie hunt: Delicious cookies around Tacoma for Valentine’s Day

A six-inch snickerdoodle.

A cookie made with a double dose of Belgian chocolate.

A pecan shortbread cookie sandwich with a chocolate-caramel filling.

Hungry yet?

I found three bakeries with cookies that would work as well for a dinner party as they would for a Valentine’s Day gift.

Try it: Pecan shortbread with chocolate-caramel filling, 95 cents

Where: Bon Sucre Bistro and Bakery at Clover Park Technical College, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood. Open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays. The bistro is across from the bookstore in building 23.

The bakery case at Clover Park Technical College’s Bon Sucre Bistro is a tasty byproduct of whatever assignment the pastry arts students are tackling at the moment. That also means what you find today in the student bakery might not be there tomorrow. But I’ve been assured that they will be stocking the excellent shortbread cookies I found on campus last week.

Delicate, crisp and buttery is a good way to describe the pecan shortbread cookies that sandwiched thick chocolate-caramel filling. Also found in the display case were six-inch cookies (95 cents). The snickerdoodle was a soft, chewy cinnamon masterpiece; the oatmeal butterscotch was exactly the opposite with a snappy-crunchy texture.

Try it: Vanilla macaron, $1.39

Where: Olive Bakery, Inside H Mart, 8720 South Tacoma Way, Lakewood; 253-314-5062. Open daily.

Find this bakery to the left of the front entrance of the Korean grocery store H Mart. French-Korean hybrid pastries take up a portion of the bakery racks; the rest are more straightforward European baked goods, such as cream puffs. Cakes are hidden in the refrigerated case at the far corner.

I’m a recent fan of the bakery’s vanilla macarons. The Parisian cookies — not to be confused with coconut macaroons — come with a shattery-crisp meringue exterior, but break to a deliciously sticky inside softened with lightly sweetened butter cream. One caveat: The cookies were gummier on my second visit than the first.

Try it: Double chocolate with walnuts, $2.99

Where: Metropolitan Market, 2420 N. Proctor St., Tacoma; 253-761-3663. Open daily.

Metropolitan Market’s recent makeover pushed the bakery to an on-display location just beyond the front doors of the Proctor neighborhood supermarket. Find cookies galore from other bakeries stocked in the pastry case, but what caught my eye were straight-out-of-the-oven sheet pans full of something the grocery store calls “The Cookie.” It’s made with a double shot of Belgian chocolate and roasted walnuts. The thick cookie is the kind you won’t finish in a sitting.

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