Chocolate chip, sugar, pinwheel, gingerbread … there are so many different cookies to choose from when perusing a cookbook, walking into a bakery, or strolling through the local grocery store.
But the best experience might be quietly taking the lid from the cookie jar and grabbing one – or one handful of – freshly baked, homemade cookies.
Today, there are as many varieties of cookie jars as there are cookies. From utilitarian canisters to ornate, quirky or perplexing containers, somewhere there is the perfect cookie jar for everyone – and it is probably sitting on a shelf or snugged onto a counter at Grannie’s Cookie Jars and Ice Cream Parlor in Metamora, Indiana.
Just the suggestion of cookies brings up happy memories: the warmth of the kitchen, the smell of baking cookies, that first melting taste … comfort food at its finest.
Still family owned, Grannie’s is an integral part of Metamora, a small canal town located in Southeastern Indiana. Open year round, this welcoming shop is the place for a refreshing cone, a hot cup of coffee, and friendly conversation.
During the summer season, when the historic canal boat eases past the front door laden with tourists, Grannie’s bustles with incredulous first-time visitors searching for the cookie jar of their childhood. They look and point, smile with the memory, then share stories of their grandmother’s kitchen with family and friends.
On sunshine bright weekends, couples and families fill the benches, patio chairs and picnic tables prettily located beneath the many shade trees along the banks of the canal. Walking through this friendly Midwest town, with a delicious ice cream cone of course, visitors remember to slow down, to stroll, to hold the hand of their sweetheart, their parent, their child. And enjoy.