It’s National Cookie Day: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at These Local Eateries
Celebrate with a visit to one (or several) area bakeries, shops, and dessert bars
Before you go home for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday, celebrate National Cookie Day with a sweet delight here in Boston. The big day is Sunday, December 4, and we’ve brought you cookie lovers a comprehensive list of must-try cookie vendors in and around the city.
The warm, straight-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookies at Brothers & Sisters Co. are to die for, fans say. The classic cookie is perfectly balanced—not too sweet, flaky, or buttery. The shop doesn’t always offer the dessert, so make sure to call ahead or check the online menu.
L. A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates offers hefty cookies with generous amounts of chocolate chunks—and best of all, they’re under $5. Try the Burdick cookie (dark chocolate chips, crunchy walnuts, and a touch of fresh vanilla bean) or the newest special, the cookie tart, with milk and dark chocolate chips. (Rest easy if you’re allergic—the tarts have no nuts.)
If you like thick chocolate chunk cookies studded with large morsels of chocolate, Caffé Bene has just what you need. The large chocolate chunk cookies ($2.95) are cakey and chocolatey and perfectly crunchy around the edges. Order online, in person, or over the phone.
Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar is famous for serving up sweet, buttery chocolate chip cookies with a plethora of chocolate chips that melt in your mouth. At $4.75 a cookie, they’re on the pricey end, but the cookies are also enormous. Come early in the day for the freshest selection, and be sure to check out their selection of seasonal drinks, including a lavender vanilla latte and a mint chocolate chip “frosticcino.”
Render offers the closest thing you’ll find to homemade cookies in this family-owned-and-operated café and roastery. The thin chocolate chip cookies ($3.25) are soft and gooey when hot, and have a great ratio of chocolate to cookie. You can order online for pickup or delivery or walk in to make your purchase. Be sure to make it early before cookies run out.
For anyone who loves chocolate chip cookies, but has food allergies, FoMu is for you. This vegan ice cream shop features an exclusive gluten-free, sea-salted chocolate chip cookie (containing soy), priced at $3.15. It’s a mix of sweet and salty with a soft and chewy texture. Pair it with some of FoMu’s ice cream, made from scratch with plant-based ingredients, including coconut milk for some extra sweetness.
This campus favorite is conveniently located right on Comm Ave in BU Central, making it a close stop for those looking for a late-night treat. Their traditional chocolate chunk cookie ($2.75) is billed as “a rich, buttery vanilla cookie amped up with loads of ooey-gooey milk chocolate chunks.” Who could resist? Insomnia also offers vegan and gluten-free options, like the vegan double chocolate chunk cookie and vegan caramel apple pie cookie. Get a box to share with your friends, and try the signature Monster’wich, which has a scoop of ice cream sandwiched between two cookies. To top it off, Insomnia also delivers.
Boston Chipyard has become a popular destination for both tourists and locals drawn to the company’s delicious, freshly baked, adorably sized chocolate chip cookies. You can buy a classic chocolate chip cookie that’s slightly crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, as well as unique twists on the classic, including a mint chocolate chip cookie, walnut or macadamia nut chocolate chip cookie, and oatmeal raisin chocolate chip cookie. Half a dozen cookies is $7, or it’s $11 for any assorted dozen.
This Dorchester bakery prides itself on its wide selection of unique cookies. Top Shelf is known for the “Black and Golds” cookie, a hockey-inspired chocolate delicacy studded with peanut butter chips. But you can also take a bite into the “Hazel’s Chocolate Chip” (an irresistible mix of buttery sweetness and rich, dark chocolate, with a crispy exterior and soft inside) or the “Enchanted Blueberry” (a Jordan Marsh (RIP)–inspired blueberry muffin dessert with plump berries and a sugary, crisp top). A single unlabeled cookie is $2.25, or it’s $9 for a stack of six beautifully wrapped cookies.
The award-winning Flour Bakery + Cafe has become a staple for those with a sweet tooth. Famous for founder Joanne Chang’s “Sticky Sticky Buns”—that beat Bobby Flay’s own recipe—Flour’s cookie menu is equally as delicious. Try their original TCHO chocolate chip cookie, made with three kinds of chocolates, or the homemade Oreo cookie, vanilla cream filling (nut-free) sandwiched between vegan chocolate layers. Cookies are $3.30 each.
This Middle Eastern bakery, café, and retail store offers contemporary interpretations of the traditional cuisines of Turkey, Lebanon, and Greece. But Sofra also sells a classic chocolate chip cookie, featuring bittersweet chocolate made by Berkeley, Calif.–based chocolate-maker TCHO. There’s also the molasses cookie, a dairy-free all-time staff favorite. Cookies start at $1.50 apiece and can be ordered in bags of four or boxes of a dozen.
A Brookline favorite, Clear Flour Bread & Bakery has been serving up authentic French, German, and Italian breads and pastries since opening in 1982. But they also make a classic chocolate chunk cookie ($3.75) that’s as good as any you’ll find around Boston. Ditto for their vegan version, made with tahini ($3.25). These chewy bakery cookies come in both standard sizes or in small bags to take on the go.
This South End sandwich shop, across from the BU Medical Campus, serves enormous chocolate chip cookies made with chunks, not chips, and featuring golden-brown edges and a soft center.
Kohi Coffee Company has earned a reputation for its organic, fair-trade, and single-origin coffee and espresso drinks, but it also serves up a chocolate chip cookie that is the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
This Boston-based coffee shop is best known for its Stumptown Coffee, but crowds gobble up its sea-salted chocolate chip cookies as well. The cookies have a warm and gooey consistency with just a hint of saltiness. You can also order gluten-free chocolate chip cookies here, too.
Bailey & Sage is famous for its artisan sandwiches and chopped salads served in Chinese takeout–like containers, but diners will be hard-pressed to resist their thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies. They’re worth every calorie.
Dudley Cafe is a charming, and social justice–oriented, cafe and neighborhood spot. They specialize in locally sourced sandwiches, rice bowls, and espresso drinks. But don’t underestimate their freshly baked gooey chocolate chip cookies. Try to get there early before the pastries sell out (they also offer online ordering).
This Iranian bakery moved over to the United States in 2017, bringing a wide selection of daily baked bread, cakes, and treats with them. If you have the time to head over to the neighboring city, you will be amazed at some of La Saison’s items: fudge cookies, made with 60 percent dark Belgian chocolate, which melts in a pool at the center, or the pistachio-rosewater cookie, a gluten- and dairy-free cookie with a smooth, crisp shell and a moist, chewy interior. These decadent offerings boast all-natural, non-GMO ingredients.
The NYC-based bakery recently opened its first Boston location, serving up freshly baked cookies all day in a quaint brick-and-mortar shop on Newbury Street. Try the ultimate chocolate chip walnut cookie—crispy on the outside, thick and gooey in the center, and jam-packed with semisweet chocolate chips and walnuts. For the holiday, you can order a holiday tin of four, eight, or a dozen cookies in flavors like dark chocolate peppermint. And Levain offers online ordering and delivery.