Sampling Garlic Cookies at Maxim’s Bakery

I’m drawn to unique flavor combinations. I’ve been to Maxim’s Bakery countless times, but I’ve never noticed their Garlic Cookies before!

Where did they come from?

To be completely honest, I’m not sure. I’ve spoken with staff at Maxim’s Bakery and although they’re unsure of the story behind Garlic Cookies, it’s a traditional Chinese recipe that came with the bakery owners from Hong Kong in 1979.

What do they look like?

Garlic Cookies are small, soft brown cookies. They are a baked cookie with a glossy top. When you open the cookie, a soft, slightly chewy texture is exposed.

What do they smell like?

They smell like a little pork bun! I’m Filipino. When I smelled the cookie for the first time, I was reminded of adobo cooking on my mother’s stove. It’s a confusing experience to smell these cookies because your senses are searching for a sweet cookie scent. You’re also expecting to be smacked by a a garlic odor. But instead, you smell a five-spice aroma and your mind either thinks of cooked garlic or your favourite meal that’s prepared with a lot of cooked garlic.

Maxim's Bakery - Garlic Cookies In Vancouver

What do they taste like?

The first flavour that came to mind as I bit into my first garlic cookie was sesame. They taste like small, light savory and chewy treats. There are certainly flavours of cooked garlic and spices, but the main flavour that shone through for me was sesame.

Where can I get them?

I tried Garlic Cookies for the first time at Maxim’s Bakery in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada). This bakery has 7 locations in Greater Vancouver including shops in Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Surrey. Garlic Cookies are traditional Chinese cookies, so check out a local Chinese bakery and tell me what you think!

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Geraldine Sangalang

Geraldine is the Founder of Chatty Bear. She manages client outreach and media, including restaurant and product reviews. Geraldine is a Vancouver-based human resources professional, writer and entrepreneur. A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Geraldine's career is centered on coaching leaders to strengthen teams and empower themselves. Geraldine is passionate about mentoring and volunteers as the Virtual Mentoring Network Lead for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC & Yukon.