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The top 10 custom cookies in Toronto

Posted by Staff / August 6, 2014

custom cookies torontoCustom cookie bakers in Toronto are capitalizing on the popularity of the sugar cookie as the latest confectionery craze. If you're savvy on social media, you'll notice that from Instagram to Pinterest, decorating sugar cookies has evolved into a serious art form. With her popular book, Decorating Cookies, American blogger Bridget Edwards has been a trailblazer in getting people to play as much attention to cookies as they do to cake.

Now, many bakers and confectionary artists specialize only in cookies. As with many things, Toronto's been a bit tardy in catching on with the times; there are only a handful of Toronto artists that focus solely on cookies, but there's a good batch that can do some awesome things with butter and sugar. (Keep this list on hand for your next big party - they'll be talking about those cookies for weeks.)

Here are my picks for the top custom cookie bakers in Toronto.

See also:

The best cookies in Toronto
The top 10 cookie companies in Toronto

The Sweetest Tiers
The Sweetest Tiers is a Toronto-based Etsy store focusing on made-to-order cookies. Owner Anna's use of glitter sets her creations apart; she also uses icing transfers to make flowers and bows, creating a cool raised effect. Her most popular cookies are her golden monogram cookies, which also make use of her signature icing transfer technique. Bonus: she can also make red velvet sugar cookies with real cream cheese icing (plus detailed designs on top).

Hello Baked
Hello Baked's Jessica Lee prides herself on designer cookies - all it takes is one look at her Instagram feed to see why. The attention to detail is incredible - for example, just have a look at her recent bride-to-be cookies. They look like a fashion illustration, and the detailing with gold icing just elevates the cookies to a whole new level of chic. As an added bonus, Jessica maintains a regular blog keeping her customers and followers in the loop on the latest in cookie trends.

Decadent Cookie Favours
Decadent Cookie Favours' signature style consists of criss-cross patterns, bows, polka dots and soft colours. Their sophisticated aesthetic will suit almost any occasion but if elegant is not what you're looking for, they also produce work outside of their signature style. Just like any other cookie decorator, Decadent Cookie Favours can whip up amusing custom cookies upon request, like pizza slices or a box of crayons.

Dolce
Dolce is another Etsy shop based out of Toronto specializing in custom cookies (and with their glowing reviews, it's a good bet that you'll be satisfied, too). Cookies are organized into various themes and are sold by the dozen. Apart from clean work, you can expect a touch of whimsy at Dolce - check out their spa-themed cookies to see what I mean. If you're looking for a theme not seen on the page, custom orders are definitely possible.

The Cocoa Cakery
The Cocoa Cakery's amazing work extends beyond just cakes. Christina, the owner, sets herself apart with her hand-painting skills, which give her cookies a watercolour effect. The Cocoa Cakery also surprises with unique cookie designs - how neat are these handpainted breakfast-themed cookies,

Bake Them Pretty
Sometimes when someone can make pretty awesome cakes, you can trust that they can make some pretty awesome cookies too. Tolinda Trinh started off as a self-taught cake artist and has fulfilled many unique requests for cake orders. She's since expanded to other confectionary arts and recently opened up Bake Them Pretty, a full service custom sweets shop on Harbord. She describes herself as a perfectionist, and it shows in her carefully detailed work.

Pretty Sweet
In the past while, Pretty Sweet has enjoyed quite a bit of (well-deserved) press coverage. What started off as a small business evolved into a popular GTA food truck by the same name and now a brick and mortar cupcake shop, the Pursuit of Frosting, on Eglinton West. Along with cakes and cupcakes, Pretty Sweet specializes in decorated cookies. I had the pleasure of having one of her decorated cookies at a bridal shower; not only was it perfectly adorable, it was buttery heaven.

Made With Luv Cakes
Made With Luv Cakes don't just do cakes as their company name might suggest. They offer a wide range of sweet services that include dessert tables and the likes. Their cookies are really quite unique though. Reminiscent of cameo brooches, their signature cookies feature things like colourful gems (yep, these jewelled cookies are edible) and Victorian roses - both of which are made from chocolate. To finish off the era inspired look, the cookies are embellished with delicious looking golden icing.

Mad Batter Bakers
Known for years around the GTA for their gingerbread, Mad Batter Bakers offers cookies for all occasions. Their cookies have a home-made look, which is fitting for them, since people often tell them that their cookies have become a family tradition in their homes. If you're looking for something cute and simple - or craving awesome gingerbread - Mad Batter Bakers are the ones to call.

iBakery
Located in the Junction, iBakery's owner Jackie stands apart for her amazing illustration skills; from Yoda to Monsters Inc., she can brilliantly replicate popular characters. Her skill set doesn't end there though. Armed with a steady hand, she also creates beautiful, handcrafted, custom logos for businesses with careful attention to lettering.

What did I miss? Add your favourite custom cookie company to the comments.

Writing by Manal Aman. Photo of Pretty Sweet by Rowell Photography.

Discussion

25 Comments

Maria / August 6, 2014 at 02:22 pm
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Love!!!!!
Pretty Sweet / August 6, 2014 at 04:33 pm
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Thanks for sweet mention and using our pretty teacup cookies (photography by www.rowellphoto.com/)- www.prettysweetto.com
Lindsay / August 6, 2014 at 05:15 pm
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So.....BlogTO uses an image within giving credit. The cookie maker comes on to not only thank BlogTO for the mention but provide due credit to the photographer of the image used.

Well done.

Andra Olaveson / August 6, 2014 at 06:14 pm
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What about cookielovers.com? In business for 10+ years, they make the best cookies!
Erika & Ryan Rowell / August 6, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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BlogTO please credit this photo to Rowell Photography with a link to our site as well as to Pretty Sweet TO. We are honored you felt our photo would be the perfect image to illustrate your article. But please give credit where it is due. Congratulations to Pretty Sweet Cakes on being listed among these amazing talents!
Cynthia / August 6, 2014 at 09:55 pm
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What? No Red Bench?
cathie / August 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm
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Does anyone know if these companies with no storefront are policed by the health department? A few of these list no address, so I assume they're baking in their homes/garages/back shed. I'm hesitant to order from anywhere that I can't see the premises.
Lorena / August 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm
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Passion for Desserts (@passiondesserts) makes the best tasting, customized cookies. Visit their website, really yummy stuff!
http://www.passionfordesserts.ca
Janice Williamson / August 7, 2014 at 09:30 am
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I can't believe LumaeSweets isn't on this list! Really beautiful sugar cookies and by far the best customer service around. She's in the GTA but delivers to Toronto.
Mad Batter Bakers / August 7, 2014 at 10:10 am
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Thank you for including us!!!
surprised is all / August 7, 2014 at 11:03 am
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how is the clever cookie company not on this list?
Brian Kumarjit / August 7, 2014 at 11:35 am
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Pursuit of Frosting gets my vote, amazing cookies, cakes and cupcakes! fab pic of the teacup cookies - makes me want one now! i might have to swing by after work :)
Wolf / August 7, 2014 at 01:30 pm
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@Rick you sad excuse of a soul. No one told you to not spend your money on your precious pc cookies. Though these custom bakers and their cookies and other products they provide are usually marketed for special events. Good luck buying pc brand cookies for a wedding, baby shower, bridal shower or any event of that sort of nature and not having people look at you with disgust for being so cheap. It takes time and effort to bake these custom cookies and I applaud all the people mentioned on this list.
Natalia replying to a comment from cathie / August 7, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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Hi Cathie -- All the home-based businesses on this list do have to get health approved and get licenses to run their businesses. There's definitely a regulatory process in place to ensure food safety.

Erika and Ryan -- Our sincerest apologies for the oversight! We've added a credit.
PK / August 7, 2014 at 05:32 pm
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Wow! What a joke. How is Sweet Flour not even on this list. They make custom cookies in two minutes. Ridiculous.
hello baked / August 7, 2014 at 09:07 pm
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Honoured and excited to be a part of this list, thanks so much for the mention!

Cathie - that's a great point as I'm sure others will have the same question. I can't necessarily speak for every artist on this list as I don't know all of them, but myself and many others who don't have storefronts bake in commercial kitchen spaces. Those facilities are regularly inspected by the health department to ensure that everything coming in and going out of the kitchens, as well as our baking practices, meet the required health standards. For instance, I bake out of The Cake Collective (www.thecakecollective.com) in Mississauga, in case you'd like to take a peek into the studio! Hope that helps!
NB / August 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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The Salty Cookie!!! The official cookie suppliers of taafi 2014...Their cookies are truly amazing!
Val replying to a comment from hello baked / August 8, 2014 at 08:07 am
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Thanks for the mention @hellobaked (Jessica), your work is truly amazing!
The Cake Collective was specifically established to offer a space for bake artists in the GTA to be able to sell their desserts to the public. We are a health inspected facility with a kitchen space that is a virtual bake artists' playground! We welcome anyone interested in touring the facility or looking for a commercial kitchen from which to do their baking, to contact us to arrange a visit!
www.TheCakeCollective.com
cathie / August 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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thanks to those that answered my questions.
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Jones / August 9, 2014 at 01:51 pm
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You forgot LindseyBakes! She's the best in the city.
Jones / August 9, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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http://www.lindseybakes.com
Steph / August 14, 2014 at 08:29 am
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All lovely - but why no mention of The Cookie Messenger? The ones who were doing it before it was a trend? And with cookies that actually taste good!! Anyone can decorate a cookie but these ones are beautiful and customizable AND they are the BEST TASTING COOKIES EVER. I demand a re-write ;) http://www.cookiemessenger.com/
Susie / August 14, 2014 at 11:04 am
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Disappointed to not see The Cookie Messenger on this list!
I've never seen work anywhere else that is comparable to theirs. They've literally hand painted portraits of my nieces on to cookies! I've used them numerous times for parties and given their amazing bouquets as gifts and they've now become a staple for my family and friend's parties too. Normally I'm not a cookie fan but I can not get enough of their cookies. I love knowing that I'm getting a cookie that is fresh and made from scratch. Definitely worth it to check them out. They're super friendly and take their time to come up with something unique every time.
Their custom work is the best!
https://www.facebook.com/thecookiemessenger
https://twitter.com/CookieMessenger
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