From chocolate chip to peanut butter, the best cookies in New York City 2012

These colorful cookies, from celebrated New York bakeries, will quiet your most powerful cravings for butter and sugar.

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    Best cookies: Flourless chocolate cookies from Dominique Ansel Bakery

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    Best cookies: Chocolate-chip cookies from Baconery

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    Best cookies: Key-lime pie cookies from Schmackary’s

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    Best cookies: Downtown Cookie Co. funfetti cookies from Everyman Espresso

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    Best cookies: Peanut butter cookies from Ovenly

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    Best cookies: Oatmeal raisin cookies from Kahve

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    Best cookies: Diamond chocolate-chip shortbreads at Bien Cuit

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    Best cookies: Palmiers from Colson Patisserie

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    Best cookies: Rugalach from Moishe’s Bake Shop

Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Best cookies: Flourless chocolate cookies from Dominique Ansel Bakery

Whether your vice is flaky butter cookies, crisp sugar cookies, decadent chocolate or gooey chocolate chip, we’ve found a cookie that will deliver surefire sweet-tooth pleasure. We turned to a few of our favorite New York bakeries to suss out their most satisfying treats, then whittled down our findings to this list of New York’s best cookies. Did we miss your favorite cookie? Join the conversation in the comments.

Diamond chocolate-chip shortbread from Bien Cuit

Zachary Golper adds fleur de sel and miniature 44 percent Venezuelan-chocolate chips to a shortbread dough, to create super-crispy thins ($1.25 each) ideal for dunking in a cup of coffee or tea.

  1. 120 Smith St, (between Dean and Pacific Sts), 11201
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Palmier from Colson Patisserie

  • Price band: 1/4

Raw sugar, applied before these elephant ears ($2.75 each) hit the oven, forms a caramelized crust over gorgeous layers of flaky puff pastry. Bite carefully, lest you send sugary shards to the floor.

  1. 374 9th St, (at Sixth Ave)
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Moishes Bake Shop

Rugalach from Moishe’s Bake Shop

Among the many sweets available at this long-standing East Village bakery, these rolled kosher biscuits ($14 per pound) stand out for their tender, buttery dough. Ask for a petite crescent in each of the three flavors: sour cream, raspberry and chocolate.

  1. 115 Second Ave, (between 6th and 7th Sts)

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Rob
Rob

Hands down... the "Half Pounders" at City Cakes (citycakesny.com) at 251 W 18th St. They come in chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, lemon sugar, peanut butter fudge, and chocolate spice. Each one is 8 oz. of heaven!

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

a) Mason Jar only sells mixes, not actual cookies. b) The emphasis seems to be on new places. Levain and Jaques Torres are good, but those places have been talked about to death. I'd rather know about the newer stuff, not the "DUHs".

Bill
Bill

The VERY best is from the Mason Jar Cookie Company in TriBeCa www.masonjarcookiecompany.com where you get to design your own flavor!!! Awesome!

Austin
Austin

Really!? Who did these people pay to get on this list?? Where is Jacques Torres? Levain? e. e. cookies?? Really?? Who are these bakeries?

Justin
Justin

Hello???? Levain????????????

Jenny Zornes
Jenny Zornes

Check out the Oatmeal raisin cookie baker!!! Way to go Heather!!