Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies and pastries from scratch: Gerry Frank’s Picks

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I’m well known for my love of chocolate cakes, but even I can appreciate a good cookie – especially the recently opened one. Crumbled cookies (717 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem; 503-877-1502; crumblcookies.com).

Nothing beats the smell of freshly baked cookies (and cookie dough), which is why it’s nearly impossible to walk into Crumbl and not go out with one of their giant cookies, or better yet a whole box. The store itself is very bright, clean and modern. There are no crates filled to the top of cookies that were baked that morning, but rather a small display of today’s deals as well as kiosks for easy ordering.

So the magic happens; the cookies are tossed, rolled, shaped and baked right in front of your eyes, then placed in a trendy pink Crumbl box (perfect for gifting). The flavors are alternated each week to highlight the seasonal ingredients. With over a hundred cookie flavors, you may get lucky and find your favorite in rotation, but don’t count on it as some flavors only drop in rotation once or twice a year.

Recent offerings included churro, M & M’s peanut butter with a layer of gooey peanut butter in the center, sherbet, blueberry cheesecake, chocolate crunch (served chilled), classic sugar (served chilled) and their signature chocolate chip (a regular staple). I think this month we’ll see a lot of pumpkin variations.

This Utah-based franchise is one of 12 branches in Oregon, with additional branches in Clackamas, Lake Oswego, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Corvallis, Eugene, Roseburg, and Medford. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, extended to midnight Friday and Saturday; close on Sunday.

For breads and pastries to scratch, think Turner Baking Co. (7770 Third Street SE, Suite 104, Turner; 503-779-6341; facebook.com/turnerbakingco). With the faithful of Turnaround coffee (turnaround.cafe), a rustic breakfast and lunch spot just around the corner, it’s no surprise that owner Nancy Walsh has had another big hit with her new bakery – despite it just opening before the pandemic. Walsh credits much of their success to Aaron Brewer, the baker and senior manager of Turner Baking Company, as well as his first hire at the Turnaround Cafe.

The bakery offers an extension of the delicious homemade pastries that the café was once known for, but now on a larger scale with even more choice. Customers can expect a variety of delicious sweet and savory pastries as well as a variety of freshly baked breads, pretzels and bagels. To add, they also offer cakes, cheesecakes, cookies and their popular sticky buns that pair perfectly with a hot cup of coffee.

The opening hours of the bakery are 7 am to noon, Thursday to Sunday; extended until 2 p.m. in their sister café.

The brand new fourth edition of the “Gerry Frank’s Oregon” guidebook is available via oregonguidebook.com; 503-585-8411; [email protected]; amazon.com; Macy’s; and PO Box 2225, Salem, OR 97308.


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