Taste column If something’s not geographically available, try a copycat recipe

We don't have a Crumbl Cookies location in Aberdeen, but we do have stores that sell butter and sugar and flour, so we can try to make our own!  I hope to be able to compare these to the real thing while traveling this summer.

I have to admit, I have not yet had Crumbl cookies.

I even had a chance to try one recently, but wasn’t feeling like a cookie that morning.

The bakery chain started in 2017 in Utah, and I love the idea. It’s a gourmet cookie bakery with more than 300 locations in 36 states — including two in South Dakota, Rapid City and Sioux Falls, and one in Bismarck, North Dakota.

These are the closest locations to us here in Aberdeen. Which is a good thing, because just looking at its website makes my mouth water.

It’s also a good thing for my wallet, because the cookies retail for $4 to $5 each. They are huge and many of the people I’ve seen post about them on social media share them with a friend or loved one.

Even the company recommends sharing them, selling a cookie cutter that quarters the desserts.

I’m not going to make it to a city with a Crumbl location for a few weeks, but they keep coming up in conversations in real life and on social media.

So I had to do the next best thing, seek out a copycat recipe.

Katherine Grandstrand, Taste columnist

I love a good copycat recipe; it’s fun to try to make favorite restaurant dishes at home. I always find that, no matter how authentic a recipe claims to be, it’s never quite the same as the restaurant dish.

And that’s OK.

The goal isn’t to replace the experience of eating out, it’s to remember it.

When you live in a rural area like we do, there are a lot of culinary experiences that we can’t have every day. A copycat recipe helps share an experience from vacation or back home with friends and family where we live now.

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