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Clarabell Cookies Is Changing the Local Cookie Game

The new Gulf Gate bakery is serving up decadent chocolate chip cookies.

By Lauren Jackson August 9, 2022

Chocolate chip cookies at Clarabell Cookies.

Chocolate chip cookies at Clarabell Cookies.

Clarabell Cookies opened this weekend in Gulf Gate to astounding support from the community.

"We sold more than 200 cookies this weekend," says Clarabell Cookies co-owner Clare Jerome. "We are enormously grateful for the kind reception we've gotten."

Clare and her brother, Gates Jerome, partnered to bring their, dense homemade chocolate chip cookies to the neighborhood.

The Jeromes, who were growing tired of the city life in Boston and New York, visited Siesta Key a few years ago and immediately knew they wanted to call Sarasota home. They rented kitchen space with a shared commissary kitchen and got to work designing the perfect cookie recipe.

Clare and Gates Jerome, owners of Clarabell Cookies.

Clare and Gates Jerome, owners of Clarabell Cookies.

Their cookies are made with all-natural ingredients like flour, sugar, chocolate chips and a lot of butter. Current offerings include chocolate chip, oatmeal chocolate chip, walnut chocolate chip, peanut butter chocolate chip, double dark chocolate chip and chocolate caliente (a chocolate cookie spiced with chili for just a touch of heat). They also feature a rotating gluten-free cookie, which will fool even the harshest gluten skeptic.

No worries about making a second stop to pick up milk, cookies' perfect accessory: Clarabell has you covered so that you can enjoy the classic combination the moment you get home.

The cookies, which ring in at $3.50 apiece, are thick, decadent and almost underbaked in the center. I bought the full menu but was only able to finish one, despite my desire for more. Eventually, I sampled each flavor and decided the oatmeal chocolate chip was my favorite. The addition of cinnamon to the batter rounds out the sweetness and elevates the flavor. You heard it here first: Clarabell Cookies is going to change the cookie game in Sarasota.

Clarabell Cookies is open Thursday-Sunday 11:30 am-8:00 pm at 2661 Mall Drive, Sarasota. For more information visit the Clarabell Cookies website.

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