The Best Cookies in Toronto
The 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.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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 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 »