Perhaps the day before Thanksgiving – when most of us gorge ourselves on turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie – is the wrong time to write about this, but I just became aware of the fact that the best cookies I’ve ever tasted are now available online.
Meryl Masterson’s oatmeal butterscotch cookies.
Meryl is the wife of former PawSox pitcher Justin Masterson who was traded to Cleveland last July in the Victor Martinez deal.
(photo courtesy of Kelly O’Connor)
After Masterson’s first appearance for Pawtucket in 2008, I remember going down to manager Ron Johnson’s office after the game to get his thoughts on Justin’s outing. Eventually we discussed the game, but only after listening to RJ rave at length about the cookies that Justin’s wife had provided for the players and coaches.
Hearing RJ sing hosannas about free food was nothing unusual, but he was especially effusive in his praise of Meryl’s oatmeal butterscotch cookies.
Naturally that meant there was only one possible thing for your friendly neighborhood radio guys Hoard and Hyder to do: Shamelessly beg for a special delivery to the radio booth.
Sure enough, Meryl heard us talking about her delicacies during one of Justin’s starts and a shoebox full of cookies was waiting for us the next day.
In a word, they were scrumptious. Had she brought a container of milk too, I might have tried to break up their marriage.
When I saw Justin in spring training this year I asked how Meryl was doing and he mentioned that she was looking into starting her own cookie business.
And now, I see that she has (it may have been the case for some time, but it’s news to me).
It’s called Meryl Masterson’s Home Plate Cookies and here’s the link.
She’s selling eight different flavors including the oatmeal butterscotch. I’m also intrigued by something called “Masterson Monster Cookies” which include peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal, and M & M’s.
Like I said, you probably won’t be tempted this close to Thanksgiving.
But Christmas is just around the corner.