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The top 10 cookie companies in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / March 5, 2013

Cookie Companies TorontoThe top 10 cookie companies in Toronto work hard to make goods that are guaranteed to whet your appetites from cafe displays around the city; rare is the day when I'm able to resist the allure of a sugar-or-chocolate-chunk speckled cookie. Whether your particular weakness is decadent chocolate, festive cinnamon, or a simple, beautifully-executed shortbread, these cookie companies have you covered, and many of them even have proper storefronts or open-to-the-public bakeries, as well as selling pitch-perfect espresso-partners to cafes and restaurants.

Here are my top 10 cookie companies in Toronto.

Cookie Martinez
Cookie Martinez sets itself apart by going above and beyond your usual suspects, and offering cookies with a self-professed Latin flare. Baker Natalia drew inspiration her Colombian background, and infuses her homemade treats with guava and coconut, while her "cookie cafe," with Chocosol bittersweet chocolate, features fair trade Colombian coffee. Order directly from her ($19 for 6), or find her treats at Haven Espresso Bar.

Circles and Squares
Well-known (and much-loved), Circles and Squares' made-from-scratch and preservative-free cookies can be found at restaurants and cafes around the city, such as the Rooster and Lit Espresso Bar. All of their cookies ring in at $1.50, and are usually available in 10-12 flavours. The most popular among them are predictably the chocolate chip, and (one of my personal favourites) ginger molasses, but their toffee and chocolate has been catching up, along with a new sweet-and-savoury contender--the "kitchen sink."

Sweets from the Earth
Sweets from the Earth subscribes to the notion that those with dietary restrictions should still be able to enjoy a damn good cookie, and churns out a full line of vegan, dairy-gluten-and-wheat free, all-natural and certified-kosher baked goods. With two separate facilities (one nut-free, the other gluten-free), Sweets from Earth's cookies are simple--think flourless cashew cookies loaded with cashew butter, and a classic chocolate chip ($6 per box)--and delicious. Available at Manic, Hogtown Cure, and other locations.

Pow Cookie Company
Pow Cookie Co. offers three varieties of cookies for those with wheat and gluten sensitivities--the Blonde Pow (cardamom, orange peel and white chocolate), Gluten-free Pow (raw almonds, dark chocolate, and flax seeds), and Wheat-free Pow (dark chocolate, coconut, pumpkin seeds and cinnamon)--with more arriving soon. Available at Lil' Bean and Green and Broadview Espresso.

Robyn's Cookies
Robyn's Cookies grace the shelves of Pusateri's and McEwan, but can also be picked up directly from the source--her small, fragrant Yonge and Lawrence-area bakery and storefront. Special orders are welcome, but you can't beat the $10 bag of cookies, available in a range of flavours from the rich stilton, walnut and rosemary shortbread, to the oatmeal chocolate chip with 80% dark chocolate.

OMG Baked Goodness
With a solid roster of local retailers, and a fitting name (who among us hasn't taken the Lord's name in vain for a cookie), OMG has a full roll-call of chocolate (around $2.25), peanut butter, and soft ginger cookies, as well as espresso-ready biscotti. Available at Jimmy's Coffee and Lit, or directly from their storefront.

Queen B Pastry
I first spotted Queen B's famous flourless, butterless, walnut chocolate chip cookie at Dark Horse, and wryly noted "Then what's it made of; air?" To which the barista earnestly replied, "They're delicious." And it's true: they are. With just two cookie varieties (the other being a zesty blend of citrus and coconut, and also gluten-free), Queen B has populated Toronto cafes with improbable cookies: substantial, moist, and palatable even to those without gluten allergies.

Sweet Flour
Sweet Flour caters to backseat bakers with its 20 existing flavours (around $2.25) available on a rotating basis throughout the week, including two gluten-free options, all baked while you wait. Stop by their Bloor West Village outpost, and you'll be able to customize your very own cookies from a list of options including mini pretzels, dried figs, and potato chips (no judgement), or opt for the ever-popular cookie sandwich with spreads such as salted caramel. Find them at cafes such as Crema and Niche.

Desmond and Beatrice
Desmond and Beatrice might be best known for their cupcakes and cakes, but their cookies deserve credit. While they're available at cafes such as The Black Canary, Te Aro, and Green Beanery for around $2.25, you can also order the dough itself frozen and rolled direct from the source, so you can flood your home with the (let's face it) aphrodisiac scent of fresh-baked cookies. Choose from a wealth of options, including carrot cake breakfast cookies, cookies and cream, and (my drop-everything-and-salivate weakness) coconut macaroons.

Plum Bun Bakery
The brainchild of Ashleigh Ryan, Plum Bun focuses on vegan baked goods, and supplies local businesses such as Sadie's and Intergalactic Travel Authority. All cookies eschew refined sugars, are preservative-free, and made with alternative flours, and the mouthwatering roster ranges from oatmeal raisin ($1.25), to a spiced ginger cookie, to a lavender shortbread cookie with coconut icing.

Discussion

41 Comments

lolo / March 5, 2013 at 02:00 pm
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Miss Cora's in the Market? Hello? How can any Toronto list not have Miss Cora's on it? Best cookies in the city.
John S. / March 5, 2013 at 02:22 pm
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Mary McLeod's Shortbread!How could you miss that one??!! Best shortbread in the city!
Kevin / March 5, 2013 at 02:32 pm
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Moo Milk Bar is an unforgivable omission.
NC / March 5, 2013 at 02:40 pm
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Moo Milk Bar is really ... really good.
MrsPotato / March 5, 2013 at 02:56 pm
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OMG yessss! my fav.
Rambis / March 5, 2013 at 03:07 pm
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Moo Milk Bar is by far the best. Huge Omission. Poor research was clearly done on this topic
Juan Navarro / March 5, 2013 at 03:18 pm
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MMB, moo milk bar the best cookies in toronto, nay, ontario.
Toby Fowlow / March 5, 2013 at 03:23 pm
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Shocked to see that Moo Milk Bar was left off this list. Best cookies in town.

BONUS: They sell cookie dough. You can make a fresh batch in the comforts of your home.
Joe Barry Carrol / March 5, 2013 at 03:26 pm
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No Moo Milk Bar? No more clicks for you!
Brad Spencer / March 5, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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The fact that Moo Milk Bar isn't on the top 10 best cookies list of Toronto leads me to believe 1 of 3 things must have happened.

1) Author recently suffered a concussion and is suffering memory loss (Get well soon!)

2) Author hates cookies. Finds cookies to be too delicious and is upset that MMB doesn't offer the classic flavour of a Cayenne and Sriracha cookie.

3) Lack of research. Article was compiled in 1997 before the Internet age.
Alex replying to a comment from Brad Spencer / March 5, 2013 at 03:41 pm
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Hi Brad. Sorry to hear that you disagree (although no concussion, so that's good). This isn't our list of Best Cookies (that can be found here: http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_best_cookies_in_toronto/). Rather, this is a list that focuses mainly on cookie companies which offer wholesale to local cafes and restaurants. While Moo Milk Bar's cookies will be available at McEwan's soon (huzzah!) they're not currently in any cafes outside of their shop. Please let me know if you've heard otherwise. Thanks.
Walnut / March 5, 2013 at 05:19 pm
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What about Le Gourmand at Queen and Spadina?? AMAZING CHOCOLATE CHIP WALNUT COOKIES.
Dan / March 5, 2013 at 06:23 pm
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We ordered a batch from Cookie Martinez and the entire team at the office loved it...highly recommended since she also uses organic ingredients and gives you the biggest smile when delivering
Peter / March 5, 2013 at 06:29 pm
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cookies!!!
z-rock / March 5, 2013 at 07:34 pm
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Yes- Le Gourmand is amazing!
PJ / March 5, 2013 at 07:59 pm
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Best cookies in the city are the in store home baked ones from Metro. Don't knock em until you tried them - you will be pleasantly suprised. I am not talking their bumper packs or whatever (which are not good) - i am talking the home baked boxes of 12 or so. I bet if you blind tasted them over half these places they would win.
Cookie Monster / March 5, 2013 at 10:10 pm
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New kids on the block, Pretty Sweet, make some damn good choc chip cookies.
Best / March 6, 2013 at 02:50 am
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Sorry, but as others have pointed out, a best-cookie-in-Toronto list must include Le Gourmand. They are an institution.
Val / March 6, 2013 at 06:12 am
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It's funny, so many people are commenting on what's not on the list instead of appreciating the companies that are...Plum Bun makes the best vegan shortbread in Toronto hands down! why not try some of these companies out and then decide?
laura / March 6, 2013 at 10:11 am
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Lovely article! Just a note for the Cookie Martinez bit, it's spelled "Colombian"
Rosemary Kelly / March 6, 2013 at 11:34 am
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Val! We love all these entrepreneurs, bringing us joy and deliciousness,= in so many different creative ways, but it is important to jump up and down when significant landmark bakeries like New Moon Kitchen & Mary McLeod's Shortbread have been omitted. That's what fans are for!
Chris / March 6, 2013 at 11:42 am
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Ummmm...helloooooo? Ever heard of a company called New Moon Kitchen cookies? They are hands down the BEST cookies in Toronto and I'm serious about my chocolate chip. There cookies are not only amazingly delicious, they are also made with all natural ingredients and cookies can be found in virtually every health food store in Toronto, as well as at high end retailers like Pusateris. I'm sorry to say that any list or survey on the best cookie companies in Toronto that doesn't include New Moon Kitchen lacks credibility and is missing the point on what makes a good cookie. Just sayin'.
Mishal / March 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm
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I think you should have an "But, Must not forget about these guys..." type of list at the end of the top 10 to add in the other incredible companies that Toronto also has. Ps. I vote for New Moon Cookies. They are my top cookie since 2005!
Carla / March 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm
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Nice to see so many cookie small businesses! I love Sweets From the Earth! But New Moon Kitchen bakes some mighty delish cookies too!
Aviva / March 6, 2013 at 02:30 pm
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Yummy list. And another cry for New Moon Kitchen!
LJ / March 6, 2013 at 02:55 pm
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Another shout out for New Moon Kitchen! Their seasonal Lemon Cranberry cookies, and their Love Bites are my absolute faves.
Liz / March 6, 2013 at 03:36 pm
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Absolutely agree with other posters - how could you leave out wonderful New Moon cookies - the Goldies are superb!
theurbanplanner / March 6, 2013 at 07:33 pm
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Thanks for this!

A map of the different places would be a nice touch :)
colombia / March 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm
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Colombia is spelled with an "o" as in Colombia

http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Entertainment/chat-people-colombia-columbia-campaign/story?id=18597462
caro / March 7, 2013 at 06:24 am
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new moon for mayor! seriously great cookies lovingly made in TO
SR / March 7, 2013 at 02:12 pm
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How could you leave New Moon Kitchen off this list?! Not only are their cookies the tastiest of all, they are healthy too!
KRose / March 8, 2013 at 05:57 pm
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No Moo Milk Bar = credibility in the toilet. In my mind I swear I almost go for how personable the people there are first, and the cookies second. They're perfect all around.
Dhuff / May 14, 2013 at 11:49 am
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If Zelcovia Cookies is not on the list, then you have never had them!!!! By far the best chocolate chip cookie in existence....
Maggie / June 5, 2013 at 02:33 pm
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AHHHH Robyn's-- by far the best!!! Try anything there, oreo cookies, choco chip, junk in da trunk are so good!
bryan replying to a comment from Kevin / August 9, 2013 at 03:59 pm
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Milk Moo Bar? are you kidding me? If you like hard cookies then yea... Their cookies are alright at best. I bought 4 different cookies there this past week and they were all hard and crunchy. Their ice-cream sandwich barely had any ice-cream is in. it was laughable. My girlfriend threw hers away (she had cookies-n-cream).

You must work for them don't you?
Jason / November 16, 2013 at 07:02 pm
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If you ever crave a shortbread cookie, Mad Batter Bakers in Liberty is awesome. I don't know what they put in their gingerbread, but I'm betting the mayor loves em!
Wendy / February 12, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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Craig's Cookies! Homemade and hand delivered free around Toronto! https://www.facebook.com/CraigsCookies Bought some to surprise a group of friends couple weeks ago, and they got good reviews!
Carla / February 13, 2014 at 07:37 pm
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Best cookies in Toronto! They have unique flavours. Caramilk, oh Henry, Mars, Snickers,
and by far the best Chocolate chip you have
ever had! I tried their new Cookiepizza! You can pick your own toppings!
Debbie / May 26, 2014 at 10:24 am
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Zelcovia makes WITHOUT QUESTION the BEST cookies in Toronto... I do like cookies and they never disappoint - best chocolate chip bar none.

Butter Cookies / May 26, 2014 at 11:01 am
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The best cookies are made with real butter; plain and simple. Vegetable oil is cheaper but it does not taste like real butter. Vegan cookies may suit certain diets, but adding extra sugar to give more flavour does not make the best tasting cookies.
Cookie Monster / July 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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I can recommend JK Cookie and Cake Company on Lakeshore, just across Humber College. Baked daily, real ingredients. What I like about this place is that it is very unique from other stores as it makes different cookies, not the high volume crap like many other stores around trying to copy each other. The other thing is, that it is possible to order custom made cakes and cookies for special occasions. That counts for me as I like to give unique gifts...

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