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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

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.

Flourless chocolate cookie from Dominique Ansel Bakery

These gluten-free beauties—crafted with three types of dark and semi-sweet European chocolate—are baked by the hour throughout the day, ensuring the organic-pecan–studded interior is still molten when you bite through the crisp outer shell ($3.25 each).

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Soho

Chocolate-chip cookie from Baconery

Wesley Klein’s unholy union of thick-cut bacon, pure bourbon vanilla extract and Callebaut semisweet-chocolate chips yields an all-American treat (Half dozen $19.95) that’s sweet, salty and smoky all at once.

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Flatiron

Key-lime pie cookie from Schmackary’s

In a quest to re-create the summery pie in cookie form, owner Zachary Schmahl tinkered with lime oil and zest, adding the citrus to a cookie base enhanced with chopped pistachios, graham cracker crumbs and white-chocolate chunks. Lime-infused buttercream frosting and more graham crumbs festoon the top ($2.75 for one).

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Hell's Kitchen

Downtown Cookie Co. funfetti cookie from Everyman Espresso

The nostalgic Pillsbury cake mix gets an upgrade in these hefty multicolor discs (dozen $24). Downtown Cookie Co. owner Dan Guerrera blasts his sugar-cookie dough with enough rainbow jimmies to make the annual Times Square New Year’s glitter bomb seem weak. Get them at Everyman Espresso, or order online at downtowncookieco.com.

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Downtown

Peanut butter cookie from Ovenly

Baking duo Erin Patinkin and Agatha Kulaga rely on smooth, all-natural peanut butter to create their dense, gluten-free mounds ($2.25 each). A sprinkle of sea salt on top cuts the richness.

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Greenpoint

Oatmeal raisin cookie from Kahve

A secret blend of spices. including cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, lends a comforting, mom-made taste to pastry chef Heather Feldman’s chewy, Sultana raisin-speckled treats ($2.25 each).

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Hell's Kitchen

Palmier from Colson Patisserie

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.

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Park Slope

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.

Comments

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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!!