Old fashioned chocolate chip cookie
Chocolate chip cookies are comfort food at its best: classic, simple and satisfyingly sweet. But taking a bite out of a stale, cloyingly sugary, or rock-hard cookie is a major bummer. These places bake some of the country’s best chocolate chip cookies though, no matter what state you live in.
1. ALABAMA // CHURCH STREET COFFEE & BOOKS
A coffee shop and bookstore hybrid, Church Street Coffee & Books serves an excellent chocolate chip cookie called the Breakup Cookie. Even if you’re not nursing your way through a recent breakup, the cookie’s chewiness, luscious melted chocolate chips, and salt sprinkled on top are sure to help you forget your troubles.
2. ALASKA // GREAT HARVEST BREAD CO.
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Opened in 1994, Great Harvest Bread Co. serves fresh breads (they mill their own wheat) and cookies. Each day, Great Harvest sells an alternating lineup of specialty cookies, but their classic chocolate chip oatmeal cookies are so popular they’re available every day. Made with 100 percent whole grain and rolled oats, the cookies are sweet, filling, and even healthy-ish.
3. ARIZONA // SUPER CHUNK
The husband/wife team at Super Chunk creates small batches of handcrafted mesquite chocolate chip cookies. Made with mesquite flour and nutmeg, the cookies have an earthy, smoky, and completely delicious taste.
4. ARKANSAS // DEMPSEY BAKERY
Little Rock, Arkansas
Housed in a 1940s building, Dempsey Bakery has offered specialty baked goods (that happen to be free of gluten, soy, and nuts) since 2011. Their classic chocolate chip cookie, which contains sorghum flour, white rice flour, and goat’s milk, is made fresh daily. Dempsey Bakery also serves the Jai Cookie, a dairy-free and egg-free version of their chocolate chip cookie.
5. CALIFORNIA // ERIN MCKENNA’S BAKERY
Los Angeles, California
Formerly called Babycakes, Erin McKenna’s Bakery serves a unique vegan, gluten-free, and kosher chocolate chip cookie. Instead of the typical flour, eggs, and butter, Erin McKenna’s recipe contains garbanzo bean flour, fava bean flour, coconut oil, and applesauce, creating a surprisingly delicious and authentic tasting chocolate chip cookie … it might be even better than the “real” thing.
6. COLORADO // MERMAIDS BAKERY
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Mermaids Bakery sells cakes, cupcakes, pies, and brownies, but their chocolate chip cookies are the best in all of Colorado. Although Mermaids offers a traditional chocolate chip, sea salt chocolate chip, and peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, the standout is their chocolate chip pretzel cookie, which is the perfect mix of sweet chocolate and salted pretzel pieces.
7. CONNECTICUT // SWEET MARIA’S
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For over two decades, Maria Bruscino Sanchez has sold her cookies at Sweet Maria’s. Her chocolate chip, white chocolate chip, and chocolate chocolate chip cookies are delicious, but her magic cookie bars—made with chocolate chips, coconut, walnuts, and graham cracker crust—are truly out of this world.
8. DELAWARE // SWEET SOMETHINGS DESSERTS
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Although Sweet Somethings Desserts focuses on designing custom wedding cakes, they also sell scrumptious chocolate chocolate chip cookies. And because they’re dark chocolate cookies made with white chocolate chips, they're also visually striking knockouts.
9. FLORIDA // MATTHEESSEN’S
Key West, Florida
With two locations on Key West’s Duval Street, Mattheessen's is an incredibly popular spot for key lime pie, fudge, and ice cream. Their dense chocolate chip cookies, weighing in at half a pound, have a taste as big as their size. And, they can be customized by adding optional pecans and macadamia nuts.
10. GEORGIA // MUSS & TURNER’S
While eating brunch at Muss & Turner’s, you’ll definitely want to save room for their excellent chocolate chip cookie and the "evil cookie" (a quarter-pound double chocolate chip cookie, with optional pecans). Muss & Turner’s also works with The Giving Kitchen, a non-profit charity to help Atlanta’s restaurant owners with emergency assistance, so you can feel good about ordering some extra for the road.
11. HAWAII // MT VIEW BAKERY
Mountain View, Hawaii
Mt View Bakery inspires strong feelings, both positive and negative. Those who didn’t grow up eating the bakery’s legendary chocolate chip stone cookies don’t understand them—the cookies are harder and less sweet than your usual cookies—but most of the newbies are eventually converted into stone cookie lovers. To eat a chocolate chip stone cookie, dip it in coffee, hot chocolate, or milk, which will soften the cookie and create a deliciously crumbly texture.
12. IDAHO // SWEET VALLEY COOKIE CO.
Sweet Valley Cookie Co.’s jumbo chocolate chip cookies are made with tasty semisweet chocolate chips, and you can kick them up a notch by ordering a "brookie." Half brownie and half chocolate chip cookie, the brookie is made by baking a brownie into the bottom of their regular chocolate chip cookie. You can get Sweet Valley Cookie Co.’s cookies at their Eagle store, at the downtown Boise farmers' market, and on their website.
13. ILLINOIS // COOKIE BAR
Although Cookie Bar is an entirely gluten-free bakery, their classic chocolate chip cookies have the crispy edges, chewy insides, and overall deliciousness of a cookie made with wheat. The Belgian chocolate, grade AA butter, and Mexican vanilla extract (made in-house) really put the cookie over the top. For a giant version of their chocolate chip cookie, order Cookie Bar’s giant cookie pizza with chocolate chip crust.
14. INDIANA // THE CAKE BAKE SHOP
The Cake Bake Shop’s owner and founder, Gwendolyn Rogers, serves delicious chocolate chip cookies that combine Callebaut Belgian semisweet and Valrhona French bittersweet chocolates, loads of butter, and are sprinkled with fleur de sel from the south of France. Très luxurious!
15. IOWA // NAN’S NUMMIES
West Des Moines, Iowa
Proud of its traditional, Midwestern roots, Nan’s Nummies makes cupcakes, cookies, and bars. Nan’s chocolate chip cookies are made with crispy rice and oats, providing a crunchier-than-normal texture, and their almond chocolate chip is a butter cookie made with mini semisweet chocolate chips.
16. KANSAS // J. RAE’S BAKERY
J. Rae’s Bakery happily bakes cheesecakes, cupcakes, and custom-made cookies, but they definitely shine with their chocolate chip cookie, a chewy concoction of medium thickness, and will bake special holiday batches, like heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day.
17. KENTUCKY // PLEASE & THANK YOU
The chocolate chip cookie at Please & Thank You is a truly stellar chewy cookie, not too thin and not too dense. Because it’s so loved, you can buy a bake-it-yourself version, which consists of mix or dough that you can make in your own oven.
18. LOUISIANA // EMERIL’S DELMONICO
New Orleans, Louisiana
Since chef Emeril Lagasse renovated the historic Delmonico restaurant in 1998, Emeril’s Delmonico has served Creole food and the best cookies in Louisiana. On the dessert menu, the chocolate chip cookies, which are served with ice cold vanilla milk, contain dark, milk, white, and semisweet chocolate chips, brown sugar, local walnuts, and salt. Bam!
19. MAINE // STANDARD BAKING CO.
Standard Baking Co.
Standard Baking Co. has made artisanal breads, scones, and pastries since 1995. Their sea salted chocolate pecan cookie is made with 70 percent Valrhona chocolate chunks and crunchy pecans, and is dusted with Maldon salt flakes. Get 'em while they're hot!
20. MARYLAND // OTTERBEIN’S COOKIES
The most popular cookie at Otterbein’s Cookies is their crispy chocolate chip. Available in specialty grocers and major grocery stores throughout Maryland, the cookie contains Guittard semisweet chocolate chips, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
21. MASSACHUSETTS // WHEN PIGS FLY
If you pick up a loaf of bread at When Pigs Fly, don’t forget to also grab their salted caramel triple chocolate chip cookie. Truly decadent, this signature cookie features dark, milk, and white chocolate chips, caramel, and salt. Thankfully, with numerous locations across Massachusetts (Kittery, Freeport, Brookline, and Jamaica Plain), you’ll never be too far from this pleasing treat.
22. MICHIGAN // AVALON INTERNATIONAL BREADS
The baked goods at Avalon International Breads are made with 100 percent organic flour, and you can taste the care and thought that goes into each cookie. Avalon’s chocolate chunk cookies are substantial in size and contain chunks of Callebaut chocolate. You can customize your cookie by adding pecans, or opt for a sea salt chocolate chunk cookie for a smaller, chewier version (with coarse sea salt on top).
23. MINNESOTA // RUSTICA BAKERY
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The bittersweet chocolate chip cookie at Rustica Bakery is a dark, rich cookie that has the mouthfeel of a fudgy, unbaked brownie. Made with bread flour, brown sugar, butter, cocoa powder, and ScharffenBerger 70 percent cacao bittersweet chocolate, this cookie is perfect for dark chocolate lovers.
24. MISSISSIPPI // CAMPBELL'S BAKERY
Specializing scrumptious cakes, cheesecakes, petit fours, and more since 1962, Campbell's Bakery offers a classic all-butter cookie with semisweet chocolate chips that is so rich it almost melts in your mouth.
25. MISSOURI // COMET COFFEE & MICROBAKERY
St. Louis, Missouri
At Comet Coffee & Microbakery the couverture chocolate chip cookies are made with high quality couverture dark chocolate so they’re a totally gooey, melted masterpiece. And because the cookies contain more brown sugar than white sugar, they’re chewier and darker than typical cookies. Bakers sprinkle flaked fleur de sel on the cookie dough before the cookies bake, rounding out the seriously intense flavors.
26. MONTANA // BERNICE’S BAKERY
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The chocolate chip cookies at Bernice’s Bakery are classic, traditional, and made from scratch. Since 1978, the bakery has focused on making quality goods in a warm setting, and biting into their chocolate chip cookie will remind you of your grandmother’s timeless cookies.
27. NEBRASKA // CARSON'S COOKIE FIX
Carson's Cookie Fix
Carson's Cookie Fix (formerly Kristen's Cookies) completely revamped their business recently, but kept their beloved old-fashioned cookie recipes—all 17 varieties—that date from the early 1900s. Carson's caramel chocolate chip cookie, made with semisweet chocolate chips and bits of caramel, is mouthwateringly chewy in the middle and crisp around the edges.
28. NEVADA // SUGAR BEE’S BAKERY
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Seven miles off of the Las Vegas strip, Sugar Bee's Bakery sells desserts, scones, and croissants, but eating Sugar Bee’s chewy double chocolate chunk cookie feels like hitting the jackpot. Big chunks of chocolate melt into the cookie, giving it a marbled appearance. To ensure the highest quality and freshness, Sugar Bee’s is only open Friday and Saturday for walk-in customers.
29. NEW HAMPSHIRE // GONE BAKING
Bedford, New Hampshire
Former elementary school teacher Jenny Cheifetz now runs a dessert truck company, Gone Baking, delivering chocolate chip cookies to residents of Bedford, Amherst, Nashua, Manchester, and Merrimack. The tagline on Gone Baking’s van is, aptly, “Taking sweets to the streets.” The Get Loaded cookie is their chocolate chip cookie made with dark, milk, and white chocolate chips, sure to please all types of chocolate lovers.
30. NEW JERSEY // THE BENT SPOON
Princeton, New Jersey
Located in Princeton’s Palmer Square, The Bent Spoon sells a thick chocolate chunk cookie that’s smooth, buttery, and layered with chocolate. For a slightly lighter bite, their thin and crispy chocolate chunk variety is the way to go. If you’re in the mood for even more decadence, add artisanal ice cream—flavors range from sweet potato to crème fraîche—and turn your cookie into a choco-chunk ice cream sandwich.
31. NEW MEXICO // RUDE BOY COOKIES
Rude Boy Cookies
Albuquerque, New Mexico
One day every week, Rude Boy Cookies gives a portion of their sales to a local charity, so buying their cookies is altruistic and delicious. Also available as gluten-free and vegan options, Rude Boy’s chocolate chip cookies taste delicious on their own, or you can pair them with a glass of milk from the milk bar.
32. NEW YORK // TATE’S BAKE SHOP
Tate's Bake Shop
Southampton, New York
If you like thin, crisp, buttery chocolate chip cookies, Tate’s Bake Shop has exactly what you’re looking for. Consumer Reports and Rachael Ray deemed Tate’s chocolate chip cookie the best in America. If you’re not near Southampton, all isn’t lost. Tate’s packages and distributes their cookies to grocery stores across the country, including Whole Foods.
33. NORTH CAROLINA // LOAF
Durham, North Carolina
Loaf got its start as a vendor at the Durham Farmers’ Market, and people loved their products so much that Loaf has been a brick and mortar bakery since 2011. The chocolate chip cookies are thin, crispy, and come in a bag so you can enjoy them over and over… and over, until you run out.
34. NORTH DAKOTA // NICHOLE’S FINE PASTRY
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Fargo, North Dakota
Chef and owner Nichole Hensen’s Nichole’s Fine Pastry boasts the best chocolate chip cookies in North Dakota. Big chunks of melted chocolate give the cookies a marbled appearance. You can purchase them for for a bag of 13 cookies, or you can order cookie trays for a larger gathering.
35. OHIO // SASSAFRAS BAKERY
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To get your chocolate chip cookie fix in Ohio, Sassafras Bakery has two perfect options. Their chocolate chip chunk cookie is made with toasted walnuts and pecans, and the salted chocolate chip cookie is a tantalizing mix of sweet and salty. Even better, every weekday afternoon is Milk and Cookie Happy Hour, where you can enjoy a free glass of milk or cup of coffee when you buy a cookie.
36. OKLAHOMA // TRENCHERS DELICATESSEN
Trenchers serves breakfast, sandwiches, and salads, but you’ll want to save a lot of room for dessert. Employees make the cookies fresh every morning (and throughout the day if they sell out), and the dense chocolate chip cookies, made with dark chocolate and tons of butter, are their most popular cookie.
37. OREGON // PEARL BAKERY
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Opened in 1997, Pearl Bakery serves handcrafted breads, sandwiches, and most importantly, cookies. Customers line up each morning to buy Pearl Bakery’s thick chocolate chunk cookies, which include ingredients like toasted pecans, orange zest, local butter, eggs, and Mexican vanilla extract.
38. PENNSYLVANIA // THE FROSTED FOX CAKE SHOP
Frosted Fox Cake Shop
Run by a husband-and-wife team, the Frosted Fox Cake Shop specializes in designing cakes, but their cookies (available Tuesday through Saturday for walk-in customers) are seriously delicious. Based on family recipes, Frosted Fox’s thin, soft, chewy oatmeal chocolate chip, regular chocolate chip, or double chocolate chip cookies will make this a regular guilty pleasure.
39. RHODE ISLAND // MEETING STREET CAFE
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Providence, Rhode Island
To prove just how serious Meeting Street Cafe is about their cookies, they devote a separate page on their website to their Cookie Store. Meeting Street’s chocolate chunk cookie weighs half a pound, measures 6 to 7 inches in diameter, and has big chunks of dark chocolate.
40. SOUTH CAROLINA // SAFFRON CAFÉ & BAKERY
Charleston, South Carolina
At Saffron Café & Bakery, the owners’ Persian roots give a uniquely international twist to standard baked goods. Saffron’s “infamously giant” 4-ounce chocolate chip cookie and chocolate chunk cookie are homemade "with lots of buttery love," so you won't be surprised that they're insanely tasty.
41. SOUTH DAKOTA // COFFEA ROASTERIE
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
At the artisanal chainlet called the Coffea Roasterie, the baked treats are as elegant and refined as the beverages. Their sophisticated chocolate chip cookie is a dense disk of chocolate chunks and mellow sweetness made from scratch each morning.
42. TENNESSEE // MUDDY’S BAKE SHOP
Muddy’s Bake Shop makes everything from scratch each morning, so you’ll want to cross your fingers that they don’t sell out of their deluxe chocolate chip cookies before you arrive. The oversized cookies blend brown sugar, lots of butter, chunks of melted chocolate, and sea salt flakes for a truly decadent treat.
43. TEXAS // FRENCH GOURMET BAKERY
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Since 1973, French Gourmet Bakery has been family owned and operated. The bakery’s chocolate chip cookies are soft and doughy, making them more like cookie dough than full-on cookies.
44. UTAH // RUBYSNAP
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Salt Lake City, Utah
RubySnap sells specialty cookies with flavors inspired by 1940s and 1950s pin-up girls. The Tommy combined an old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie with bacon for a smoky-sweet treat.
45. VERMONT // SWEET CRUNCH BAKESHOP
At Sweet Crunch Bakeshop, the classic gooey chocolate chip cookie overflows with delectable semisweet chips. Choose the pecan or walnut variety for even more richness in every bite.
46. VIRGINIA // SUGAR PLUM BAKERY
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Sugar Plum Bakery employs people with physical and mental disabilities, offering them long-term, stable jobs that allow them to support themselves and integrate into the community. The bakery offers various cookies by the pound (as well as cookie cakes), but the Chesapeake chocolate chip cookie—made with coconut and walnuts—is the most delicious.
47. WASHINGTON // HOT CAKES
Founded in 2008, Hot Cakes uses ingredients from local, organic farms, and you can taste the quality. The chocolate chip cookie at Hot Cakes is legendary for its large size, buttery taste, and rich toffee and caramel notes. For an extra special dessert, order a warm chocolate chip cookie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on top.
48. WEST VIRGINIA // SUGAR PIE BAKERY
Charleston, West Virginia
Since 2012, Sugar Pie Bakery has delighted customers with cakes, brownies, cupcakes, and pies, and their chocolate chip cookie is no exception. Julia’s Famous Chocolate Chip cookie is so good that it appears elsewhere on Sugar Pie’s menu—their brown sugar cupcakes are stuffed with the chocolate chip cookie dough, and their Insanity Brownies are drizzled in peanut butter, fudge frosting, and chocolate chip cookie crumbles.
49. WISCONSIN // TANK GOODNESS COOKIES
Tank Goodness Cookies
From its kitchen in downtown Madison, Tank Goodness Cookies bakes their premium Cerealized chocolate chip cookies with three types of Ghirardelli chocolate and Froot Loops mixed in by hand—a whole concept suggested by a loyal customer. But the best part is that Tank Goodness delivers—the company will travel throughout the greater Madison area with your order in a box with a heat chamber so the cookies are still warm and gooey when you get them.
50. WYOMING // PERSEPHONE BAKERY
Persephone Bakery churns out rustic, artisanal breads and high quality pastries, and their chocolate chip walnut cookie is classic, comforting, and made with lots of semisweet chocolate and toasted walnuts.