At Savannah’s City Market, Byrd’s Famous Cookies stands as a reminder that good things live on. Founded in 1924, Byrd’s Famous Cookies has been offering its tiny, tasty treats in a bevy of flavors and textures for nearly a century.
Stop by the shop and you’ll be tempted to sample everything, and that’s okay. Byrd’s friendly staff is waiting to share tastes with you while they explain the variations between the cookies.
I adore the Benne Bits, rich with benne seeds and just a hint of sweetness. These treats are a Lowcountry tradition hailing from Colonial times, or perhaps even drawing influence from the African heritage of some of the area’s earliest residents. If you’re curious about how to make these treats with a modern sesame variation, try my recipe for Mauritanian Benne Cakes.
As Byrd’s says on the company website, “Long known as ‘the seed of good luck,’ the rich flavor of the benne seed has graced Southern recipes for generations. Still made in the same time honored tradition, our thin, crisp cookies are laden with crunchy benne seeds and sweetened with a blend of maple and brown sugar for a true one-of-a-kind taste.”
With more than 18 distinct flavors, Byrd’s bakes a range of cookies from the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth key lime coolers to the savory, crunchy Vidalia onion and Lowcountry cheddar biscuits.
But think outside the cookie jar. Don’t just nibble away (not that that’s a bad thing). Why not crush the savory cookies for a delectable crust or breading for chicken or fish?
Byrd’s Famous Cookies @ City Market
213 West St Julian Street