A Little Cookie List

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My last few weeks have been speckled with cookie cravings at the random hours of the day. I’ll wake from bed at 6am and the first thing that pops to mind is…cooookie! Thank goodness for easy mobility in the city. It guarantees instant satisfaction for this nonsense ^_^

I frequently find myself in front of the display case at Momofuku Milk Bar in the early morning, contemplating my first bite of the day. And while I’ve certainly had one too many breakfasts of pistachio or chocolate cake, cookies seem a touch more appropriate for a morning meal. Corn, blueberry…take your pick. My heart lies with the Compost cookie (complete with pretzels, potato chips, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips and coffee grounds)…

…with the Cornflake-Marshmallow-Chocolate Chip cookie coming in a distant second.

During the afternoons I like to wander over to Abraço for a buttery cured olive number…

….or the airy light and fragrant rose water meringue. Goodness I love this cookie.

Cookies like the Jacques Torres mudslide cookie fall on my list of things that make me grateful to live in NYC. Dark, and over the top indulgent with plenty of walnuts, and more chocolate than flour, this cookie is certainly a drug in and of itself. It’s a fairly well-known cookie – Jacques Torres even sells a cookie mix for it. But the mix is pricey, you’re best off making the recipe.

When I’m in a totally flourless mood I head straight for Payard Patisserie where the Flourless Chocolate Walnut Cookie sets me straight. I most often chase this cookie with a short bus ride down 5th Ave for plenty of shopping. Or window shopping at least ;)

Just before training classes this morning I stopped in at nearby Paradis for a chocolate chip cookie – light, almost poofy. A good standard chocolate chip cookie, though nothing particularly memorable.

Those who frequent any NYC location of Oren’s must have noticed the jars of single-bite cookies stored near the cash register. I’ll often get one or two of the Chocolate-Chocolate Cookie as an afternoon pick-me-up. Dunked in a hot cup of coffee, the chocolate chips get all melty making for a fudge-esque bite. They outsource all their baked goods, but I’m not sure which bakery these cookies come from.

And of course there is always the classic fallback – City Bakery (or Birdbath if you’re in the EV or WV) for that big happy chocolate chip disk. And if chocolate chip isn’t intense enough, go for the Double Chocolate Cookie. Thumbs up for the Coconut Cookie and the seasonal Gingerbread Cookie.

But everyone knows that the melt in your mouth Peanut Butter Cookies mounds is the single best item at the bakery :)

One cookie I no longer enjoy are the ones from Levain Bakery. I used to like them a lot back around 2004 and 2005, but now I just find them cloying and single dimensional in flavour. They’re loved by a number of people, but in all honestly I find the severely under-baked, under-salted and enormous heft of a cookie quite disgusting.

I’m still on the fence about the Ruby et Violette cookies (pictured above: Maple Walnut and Chocolate Chip)- they’re pretty swell and warmed upon order. Nonetheless, they’re also overly sweet and SEVERELY overpriced. Like ridiculously overpriced to the point where I can’t help but break down the cost of each bite.

My attempts at shoe shopping in the Time Warner Center never fails to fail because I am inevitably and immediately drawn to Bouchon Bakery every time I enter the shopping complex. First on the agenda. One Nutter Butter. Depends on the mood. Both are well worth the calories.

Over at Joe the Art of Coffee on Waverly, the Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie by Tom Cat Bakery is my go-to coffee companion. Though once I had a taste of Olivia’s Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie (by That Chick Bakes), and that was pretty nice.

But oh yes! How could I forget?! The best peanut butter cookie in this city has got to be the Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie from Cake Shop. I’ve turned to this huge, floppy, almost cake-like cookie many a nights when I lived on the Lower East Side. Robyn first turned me on to this cookie in Fall 2007 and I’ve been addicted every since.

While we’re on the subject of “healthy” cookies, make sure you stop in at Life Thyme in the West Village. There’s a bakery section in the back of the market with some killer cookies. The Vegan Oatmeal Raisin (ingredient list) is my favourite of their selections, though you really can’t go wrong with any flavour. A quote from Robyn’s blog, “Their ginormous vegan organic cookies (tollbooth cookie, get it!) are better than most regular ones I’ve eaten. They taste like cookie dough! Deeeelish.” Be warned, these cookies are so filling they could easily be passed on as meal.

You “need” to eat at the Redhead to get the free Chocolate-Oat Cookie that comes with the check (see my Serious Eats write-up). But who’s complaining when buttermilk fried chicken and a shrimp & grits is on the menu?

At 3 for $1.95, the Chocolate Chip Cookies at ChickaLicious Dessert Club are a hit or miss, often falling on the slightly under-baked side. I like to buy a trio on each visit, and eat one on the walk home, and warm the rest up in the oven – midnight snack! :) By the way, ChickaLicious just started serving Shave Ice! How wonderful is that? Menu here. Condensed milk, azuki beans and mochi ball toppings…dare I say, it’s almost like home.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the crumbly (some might deem it dry) Molasses Cookie at Tisserie. It’s a bummer the Union Square location closed, but it’s a short trip uptown for this and their Triple Chocolate Cookie, which borders on brownie territory.

And for Black & Whites? My favourite is at William Greenberg’s on the Upper East Side! :)

Other cookies worth mention:
- the cookie plate at Gramercy Tavern
- tea infused shortbread at Amai Tea House
- Rose & Black Pepper Thumbprint Cookies from Whimsy & Spice
- Chocolate Dots at Oro Bakery
- Chocolate Chip Cookie from Grounded in the West Village
- Petrossian’s Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Milk & Cookie’s Chocolate Mint Cookie
- Chocolate Chip Cookie from Pichet Ong’s Batch Bakery
- Insomnia Cookies (when delivered from good friends late at night :)
- The super thin Tate’s cookies found at most bodegas
OK. Man that was a long post :) Now I have SUPER INTENSE pizza craving. Have an awesome Wednesday!

Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar
207 Second Ave
New York, NY 10003

Abraço
86 East 7th St
NY, NY 10003
(212) 388-9731

Jacques Torres
350 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2462

Payard Patisserie
1032 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 717-5252

Paradis
114 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003
(646) 416-6709

Oren’s
Various Locations

City Bakery / Birdbath
3 W 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 366-1414

Levain Bakery
167 W 74th Street
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6080

Bouchon Bakery
10 Columbus Circle
At 59th Street – Third Floor
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9366

Ruby et Violette
457 West 50th Street
New York, NY 10019
(718) 728-6250

Joe the Art of Coffee
141 Waverly Pl
New York, NY 10003
(212) 924-675

Cake Shop
152 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-0036

Life Thyme
410 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10011
(212) 420-9099

Redhead
349 E 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 533-6212

ChikaLicious Dessert Club
204 E 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 475-0929

Tisserie

William Greenberg
1100 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-0304

17 Comments
  • K and S
    March 12, 2009

    those sure were a lot of cookies but they all sounded great! do you like chewy or crispy? or does it depend on your mood?

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2009

    completely completely in agreement re: the levain chocolate peanut butter, the bouchon nutter butter, and the city bakery peanut butter cookie. Another awesome peanut butter sandwich cookie is the little gem from wichcraft! I might eat too many peanut butter cookies.

  • Helen
    March 12, 2009

    I’m on a quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie: crispy edges and a chewy slightly underbaked center. Can you believe that I’ve never had one from Jacques Torres? My current obsession though is Momofuku’s Cornflake- Marshmallow cookie. Thanks for the informative cookie list!

  • Darien
    March 12, 2009

    This is impressive!! I want to go back to Redhead. Nothing beats a “free” cookie and fried chicken :)

  • Mitch Weinstein
    March 12, 2009

    I like the Black & Whites from Orawashers, on 78th between 1st and 2nd. On Valentine's Day, they had red & whites.And I've been having much success making the Pierre Herms Korova cookies…simple chocolate sabls with sea salt. Awesome.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2009

    Man, there’s nothing like a good vegan cookie… odd considering how much meat I eat.Thanks for this roundup, Kathy. I agree w/you on Ruby et Violette, btw. I could not believe the prices… and all three flavors I tried were soooo sickly sweet and ‘meh’.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2009

    damn yo, you ate like every single cookie alive. The Redhead does have a tasty cookie. It’s so unexpected too because it’s wrapped and you figure it was just something random.

  • anonymous
    March 12, 2009

    This is like the encyclopedia of the best cookies!! Makes me want to fly to NYC just to experience this cookie heaven. BTW, good luck to you on your new work venture. I think you’ll do very well in whatever career you choose. Ultimately, I do see you as a food writer or in a career that’s food-related. Aloha!

  • Front Studio
    March 12, 2009

    a couple more to try, if you haven’t already…hampton chutneyeileen’s cheesecake – (in particular the chocolate)zeitzeff – chocolate chip with little bits of toasted pecanpetrossian.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 13, 2009

    Hey Kat!It all depends on the my mood, hehehe ^_^ (though I’ve found that local cookies made in Hawai’i always fall on the crispy side…)Hey Jchen!ooo I have not had the ‘wichcraft cookies – will put it on my to-eat agenda! :)Hey Helen!You’re welcome ^_^ You MUST go to Jacques Torres, he also makes a mean chocolate chip cookie in addition to the mudslide…it’s definitely worth a try! :)Darien!Thanks man! :D Yesss! And how convenient it is that we live like ten steps away, hehheeMitch!Oh man you have to do a post on the cookies you’re making – I’d love to see photos! Will check out the cookies at Orawashers, thanks for the tip :)Hey Anon!I agree! I’m a big meat-eater, but find many vegan cookies just as (even not even more) tastier than “normal” cookies ^_^Hey Danny!Hahah, I think my body runs most efficiently on dessert! The Redhead one is a real (sweet) surprise, bwahaha ^_^Hey Anon!This city is just filled with so many good cookies, it’s mind boggling! Thanks for the good luck wishes, working in food would be the dream, but we’ll see where the future leads ^_^Michi and Yen!Thanks for the tip! I can’t believe I haven’t had the cookies at Eileen’s yet…I always see your posts on their cookies and am like i-gotta-go-one-day!

  • anonymous
    March 13, 2009

    you – madam – are a cookie scientist.

  • shannon
    March 13, 2009

    you did not write about yoku moku and i know you had one.

  • anonymous
    March 14, 2009

    Bravo! Kathy, this is a *sick* compilation… I’m both envious and grateful. :)You hit my must-eats, but since we’re going overboard, I might add Treat Truck’s oatmeal jammies and Trois Pommes’ black and white.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    March 16, 2009

    Hey Anon!hehee, thanks! ^_^Shann!I think there are only threeeee more left…^_^ I cannot help it! My room is so close to the “living room.”Hey Sweet Freak!Aww thanks so much! :) Oh man, I’ll have to try both those cookies you mentioned…might do Trois Pommes on a weekend morning where I can couple the cookie with a doughnut, hehe ^_^

  • |suhxie|
    March 16, 2009

    omg, this post just never ended

  • anonymous
    March 18, 2009

    that was a super post. i am also a huge fan of the small peanut butter cookies at city bakery (my real sadness for being so far away in brooklyn, and i do wish that we could do better on the black and whites — the greenberg variety just aren’t up to what i would hope for!

  • anonymous
    March 23, 2009

    The Double Dutch Chocolate cookies at Oren’s are from Chris’s Cookies (www.chriscookies.com) :)

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