Anyone who knows me knows that cookies are the key to my heart. Whether they’re classic chocolate chip, sugar cinnamon, or even bacon chocolate, I accept all cookie types. I’m on the search for the world’s best cookie (Levain Bakery in NYC has that spot at the moment). However, since I am home in Chicago for Christmas break, I decided to search my hometown for a cookie to contend with Levain Bakery, and let me tell ya…. these cookies are definitely competing for that top cookie spot. If you’re like me and are in LOVE with cookies, here are 10 of my favorite cookies in Chicago that you cannot miss:
My absolute favorite type of cookies are big, fat, crispy on the outside, and gooey on the inside. And apparently, so are Big Fat Cookie’s. Their cookies are served warm, with the center gooey and the outside the perfect amount of crisp. Cookie PERFECTION.
Sweet Mandy B’s is famous for its fabulous desserts. Just take a scroll through their pastry chef Sherrie’s Instagram feed and you’ll be drooling in seconds over their old fashioned desserts. However, my absolute favorite is their cookie dough cookie sandwich… yes lots of cookies in that sentence…
Summer House has a very smart set up… right when you walk in, you are presented with an array of sweets – from cookies, to brownies, to fresh baked bagels. Their bakery is right at the front, making you really want to eat dessert before the main meal. Hey, nothing’s wrong with that if you take a peak at their Rice Krispie chocolate chip cookie…
Mindy Segal, owner of Mindy’s HotChocolate, is known for her hot chocolate and cookie creations. Her book Cookie Love proves that Segal knows exactly what she’s talking about when it comes to baking the perfect cookie. The best way to eat these cookies is with a rich cup of hot chocolate. I recommend ordering the cookie platter.
Bake Chicago’s husband and wife pastry chefs Eric and Jennifer Estrella have been baking creative desserts for luxury hotels, restaurants, and bakeries for a combined 30 years. Baking from coast to coast, Eric and Jennifer know how to make a cookie stand out from the cookie crowd of America. Take for example, their oreo cookie or their pretzel chocolate chip cookie… unique spins on classic favorites.
Ok yes, it’s technically a cupcake. But look at it… a freshly baked vanilla cupcake filled with creamy chocolate chip cookie dough and topped with chocolate chip frosting and a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. I’d say it definitely has a place on the best cookie list of Chicago.
This bakery describes their baked goods as not just cookies, but an experience. One look at their unique menu of cookie types, and you’ll know why. By The Park Bakery will take you on a trip of creative flavors – from the eggnog snickerdoodle cookie to the peanut butter and jam cookie to the lemon pistachio cookie. Their known for the Lincoln Park Cookie: a gooey cookie with homemade cinnamon chips and white chocolate chips. Yes, please.
Warm Belly cookies do exactly what they promise… they warm your belly with fresh, thick, chewy goodness. With 40 different types, Warm Belly Bakery is known for its unique flavors and THICK gooey cookies. Pair your cookie with a gourmet coffee from their expresso bar and you’re good to go.
Beatrix is one of the hottest brunch spots in Chicago, and with cookies the size of your face, it’s no wonder Beatrix has also one of the best bakeries in Chicago as well. They have a wide selection of baked goods and freshly brewed coffee… the perfect sweet stop for any morning.
Comment below which cookie tops your list. Happy eating!