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The Best Cookies in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / February 12, 2014

Cookies TorontoThe best cookies in Toronto are the stuff of childhood dreams, but the love one develops for these simple treats can last a lifetime. A straightforward enough thing - usually flour, eggs, sugar, butter plus a smattering of distinguishing ingredients like chocolate chips, raisins, oats, ginger, or peanut butter - the cookie traces its origins way back to 7th century Persia, though it wasn't made popular in North America until the late 17th century by the Scottish and Dutch.

Leave it to us to really big up the cookie game. Nostalgic remembrances of the after school special of milk and cookies, the giant cookie, the growth of the DIY bar (fro-yo to cookies), and the unfortunate trope of raw cookie dough as a desperate woman's sole comfort all contribute to designer cookie on offer here, each iteration a testimony to the cutthroat world of cookie production in this city.

Here are the best cookies in Toronto.

See also

The top 10 cookie companies in Toronto
The top 10 bakery factory outlet stores in Toronto
The Best Cupcakes in Toronto
The Best Macarons in Toronto
The Best Donuts in Toronto
The Best Muffins in Toronto

Le Gourmand

Le Gourmand

Le Gourmand takes the top spot and for good reason. Crispy on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, they are as thick as three cookies made by a slighter hand. Classic chocolate chip is the winner, but they're all good. One word of advice. Hit them in the afternoon as it seems to take awhile for the baking to get started. More »

Bakerbots

Bakerbots

Across from the Ossington subway stop is Bakerbots, the little bakery that could. Sugar, sugar lemon and ginger spice, oatmeal date chocolate chip, the everything cookie with chocolate chip, or toffee and peanut butter - the cookies are delicious, but coupled with Bakerbots' homemade ice cream into a sandwich, they're out of this world. More »

Moo Milk Bar

Moo Milk Bar

Beaches bakery Moo Milk Bar (that was a mouthful) specializes in the classic pairing of milk and cookies. They have a wide variety of cookie types - super chocolate, nuts & bolts, cowgirl, red velvet, snickerdoodle, and oatmeal raisin, to name a few. They even sell balls of cookie dough should you prefer your cookies in the raw (or to bake them at home). More »

Sweet Flour

Sweet Flour

Made to order cookies just the way you want them in just 2 minutes? Whoa. Sweet Flour Bake Shop on Bloor boasts 15,000 potential cookie combinations. You pick a base original, peanut butter or oatmeal and then the goodies to mix into the batter - chocolate chunks, dried berries, nuts, even potato chips and pretzels. Is it their process or your combinations that make them so delicious? That's the riddle. More »

Red Bench

Red Bench

They may divide their focus between DIY frozen yogurt and cookies, but Red Bench is pretty good at both. Another participant in the custom cookie concept, they have cookie bases to choose from, lots of gourmet mixes to blend in, and a short cook time so you can sample your creations on the quick. More »

Mabel's Bakery

Mabel's Bakery

Mabel's bakery has a short list of cookie types, but who's counting? Classics like ginger, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, and chocolate chip are prime choices, but the stellar pick is Mabel's signature cookie Peanut Butter Fudge - two peanut butter cookies with a wedge of peanut butter fudge in between. More »

Brick St. Breads

Brick St. Breads

With three locations to satisfy the cravings, you usually still have to get in line for Brick St.'s baked goods, especially the cookies. Try chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, cranberry pecan and lemon poppyseed, or their Toll House - one bite and you'll go back to being a kid. More »

Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb

Roncesvalles' Cherry Bomb has notoriously good coffee and equally fantastic baked goods. The cookies stand out - chocolate oatmeal, double chocolate and cranberry are usual choices, then throughout the day who knows what you'll be biting into next! Enjoy them in warmer weather outside on the bench, dunking them into a latte like the rest of the crew. More »

Andrea's Gerrard St. Bakery

Andrea's Gerrard St. Bakery

You'll find Andrea's Gerrard St. Bakery amongst the noodle and veg shops in East Chinatown. Their chewy and slightly crunchy cookies come in classic chocolate chip and peanut butter, as well as spiced ginger, 5 chili chocolate, and oatmeal raisin with coconut - twists that reflect the flavours of the neighbourhood. More »

Sweet Escape Patisserie

Sweet Escape Patisserie

Sweet Escape Patisserie is a wee little bakeshop in the Distillery District producing a short list of traditional favourites - chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, chocolate crinkle, ginger molasses, peanut butter, and oatmeal chocolate chip. The chocolate crinkle, however, has a real 'reputation'- if this was high school, she'd be prom queen. More »

Desmond and Beatrice

Desmond and Beatrice

Wild flavours and a sense of humour stand out at Desmond and Beatrice in Riverside, like their date night cookie combining chocolate, toffee, potato chips and buttered popcorn. The ex-boyfriend cookie is a gingerbread man with crosses for eyes, delicious and ready for you to bite out his lily-livered heart. More »

Robyn's Cookies

Robyn's Cookies

Robyn's Cookies is a hidden gem. Tucked away on a side street off Lawrence at Yonge it squeezed onto the list and into our hearts with the bevy of cookies - decorated sugar, assorted chocolate, oatmeal and ginger varieties, and the ultimate - the mars short cookie, a shortbread, caramel, and chocolate concoction half dipped in chocolate. More »

Discussion

41 Comments

Just saying / February 12, 2014 at 02:37 pm
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In all honesty, Starbucks makes a dam fine chocolate chip cookie and should be highly considered in any best cookie list.
Alison / February 12, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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Unlike most Blogto lists, this one is nicely spread out across the city, and not just in one general area. Nice.
Big Fuckin Mega Boat replying to a comment from Alison / February 12, 2014 at 03:20 pm
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People outside the downtown core don't deserve nice things. Especially cookies.
SOMA / February 12, 2014 at 03:29 pm
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@BFMB +1
LT / February 12, 2014 at 03:30 pm
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School Bakery in Liberty Village has the best chocolate cookies I've ever had in my life. I cannot believe they didn't make this list.
scott ma / February 12, 2014 at 03:54 pm
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wait.......... what about 2 bite brownies?
Vdot / February 12, 2014 at 04:22 pm
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Bakerbots vegan/gf cookies are the best. I've tried them all and now I'm hooked on those gooey mofos. They have dairy-free chocolate and raspberry sorbet for ice-cream sandwich pairings!
Cynthia / February 12, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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Red Bench FTW!! :) They have froyo as well, but the cookies are so much better! Especially with a large cup of tea!
Cookie Monster / February 12, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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Le Gourmand- no way that is number 1/ actually on this list. Preach it LT. School is easily better than Le Gourmand. Unless burnt cookies are considered the best. Coooooouuukiee
Bakerbots FTW / February 12, 2014 at 05:07 pm
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I find The Red Bench cookies way too sweet & small for the price. Bakerbots is #1 in my book!
mathesond / February 12, 2014 at 05:09 pm
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I love Robyn's cookies - been a fan ever since she opened. You can also buy frozen cookie dough and bake them at home
Zi / February 12, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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Robyn's cookies are damn tasty cookies. Interestingly, I've bought the cookies from the butcher shop further up Yinge Street (Friendly butchers. Can't recall the name).

Now I want cookies.
Emily / February 12, 2014 at 06:20 pm
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Robyn's Cookies are the best. I used to work there - it was the best job I ever had. Plus the fact that Robyn is a total sweetheart - you can't lose with her delicious cookies!!!

Don't ever not go there.

YAY ROBYN!!!
Shaw / February 12, 2014 at 06:30 pm
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Has the lady at bakerbots adjusted her attitude? When I clicked their link most of the comments were negative about her customer service. I really want to try this place out since I live close by.
nn / February 12, 2014 at 06:43 pm
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You guys need to review your google map.. all the points are off a lot.
Dan / February 12, 2014 at 06:59 pm
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Wagamama on King and Tecumseh makes pretty good cookies too
Walnut King / February 12, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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Chocolate chip wins? Based on what? Chocolate chip walnut is WAY better than just chocolate chip at Le Gourmand (assuming you are not allergic to nuts).
dan replying to a comment from Shaw / February 12, 2014 at 08:02 pm
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never comment on these things but I'm super surprised to hear anything negative about Bakerbots. I used to live in the area and went there all the time for their PHENOMENAL ice cream sandwiches and had nothing but great experiences with all the staff, including and especially the owner.

I moved far away from that place and I miss it...
Devon / February 12, 2014 at 08:55 pm
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The Red Bench for the win, best cookies downtown! Gluten-Free options too!
crc replying to a comment from nn / February 12, 2014 at 09:55 pm
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it's mapbox , not google. Mapbox isn't very good at plotting points.
OmNom / February 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm
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The cookies at O&B Artisan at The Bay, Queen St. I went there for chocolates, but the cookies take the cake. Perfection.
Nahid / February 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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Robyn's cookies are the best I've ever had. I need to remember to make my way back to Lawrence Station sometime soon.
Scott Highet / February 12, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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These cookies are great
Dee / February 12, 2014 at 11:13 pm
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The cookies at Ella's Uncle rock ! They are sweet as the staff
Foodie411 / February 13, 2014 at 09:06 am
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My favourite cookies, hands down: http://sullivanandbleeker.com/
BillyO / February 13, 2014 at 09:08 am
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Solid list, can't argue with the top 3, but Desmond and Beatrice should be higher and School should have received a mention.

Glad to see no mention of Momofuku's cookies (their ramen is pretty good). Moo Milk bar is way better than Momo - great ice cream sandwiches as well and nice selection of flavoured milks. It's too bad that it's all the way in the beach otherwise I'd be there a few times a week. The chick who owns it is a native NYC'er and could teach Chang a thing or two about cookies
megr / February 13, 2014 at 09:25 am
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The gourmand use to be good. Now their cookies are small, burnt and overpriced.
Johanna / February 13, 2014 at 10:29 am
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Zocalo has some amazing cookies!
you missed one / February 13, 2014 at 10:46 am
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i have had far too many cookies in my life to remain silent on this issue. there is only one best cookie and it's the salted chocolate chip by circles and squares. you can refer to your own stellar review of the place blogto: http://www.blogto.com/bakery/circles-and-squares based in markham, c & s supplies the best coffee shops in the city.
gm / February 13, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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Any time I've had a cookie at Le Gourmand the middle has been raw. Paying a the high price to only be able to eat the edge of a cookie is ludicrous.
Rena / February 13, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Bakerbots! Mmm... that cookie that has everything in it (PB, cranberries, caramel, pretzel?) is insane. So good
Milos / February 13, 2014 at 01:57 pm
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I haven't tried all these cookies, but the people love my free cookies that I give out once a month
kasual / February 13, 2014 at 02:11 pm
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Best chocolate chip (IMO) are the delicious and cheap cookies from Venezia bakery at Ossington & Argyle. Simple, buttery, like a better version of the decadent.
Anon / February 13, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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I like the chocolate chip cookies at Bunners Bake Shop as well as the Supersonic Cookies.
spinnaker / February 13, 2014 at 02:58 pm
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i went to bakerbots the other day. they were very friendly and the cookies were amazing as always, but the (white) staff members were having a discussion about whether a wings place across the street was "too full of asians" or not... that's the kind of sour taste that stays in your mouth long after you forget about the cookies
rj / February 13, 2014 at 09:49 pm
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@JustSayin - agree the starbucks choc chip is pretty good - especially if you get them to warm it. This is only true of starbucks in Canada tho - the ones across the border in the US are gross - the chocolate in those ones tastes like it has no cocoa.
Karen / February 13, 2014 at 11:30 pm
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How could you leave Forno Cultura off the list? They make some of the best cookies in the city!!

Also, how could you put Red Bench on the list? Their cookies taste like they were made from a mix.
Chantal / February 16, 2014 at 11:23 am
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Yay Andrea's! The ginger cookies are amazing. I'm eating one right now.
Mongo the Mongolian / February 18, 2014 at 06:48 pm
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The best nookie is my girlfriends.
Martian replying to a comment from gm / March 16, 2014 at 02:17 pm
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That's half of what makes it so great. The other half is the crunchy outside.
Cookie Monster / July 16, 2014 at 11:50 am
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JK Cookies on Lakeshore rules. Best fricken cookies I had in my life. And I am a cookie monster lol.

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