Byrd’s bite-size cookies are crisp but not crumbly, a joy to chew and especially wonderful to taste. They are buttery and full-flavored, whatever their flavor may be.
The signature cookie — dating back to Byrd’s beginning in 1924 — is Scotch oatmeal. That’s an ingenious balance of oats, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisin paste. Longtime Byrd’s devotees all have their favorites. Many locals grew up on the little powdered sugar-dusted ones called Key lime coolers, which are sweet and puckery-tart. Connoisseurs know to chill them before eating. There are slender benne cookies with a maple twist, triple chocolate cookies, Georgia peach cookies, and many more.
When you walk into the spacious store in Savannah’s City Market (one of a handful of Byrd’s in Savannah and Charleston), staff will immediately ask which cookies you’d like to taste. When you’ve zeroed in on your favorite or favorites, you can either buy a bag or tin already full or take a cardboard container and fill it up with the ones you like best.
Note: gluten-free chocolate chips and Key lime coolers are available.