Hong Kong’s best cookies
Burger joint Beef & Liberty does more than just hearty, juicy burgers. They also serve up, hands down, the best cookie skillet in town (sorry, Lily & Bloom). Freshly baked and served hot, dig inside its gooey texture to find warm, runny dark chocolate topped with lashings of cream. It’s the perfect way to end your meal.
Expect every cookie to taste like a dream from a store named after a style of medieval fairytale. The bakers here all have great reputations as top dessert chefs, each boasting more than 10 years of experience working at luxury hotels like the Mandarin Oriental and The Peninsula Hotel. Using only the best ingredients – French butter, Valrhona cocoa powder and sea salt imported from France – there are more than a dozen flavours to pick from, including chocolate orange, sea salt and chocolate, and rose. Starts from $72
The chunky, chewy and terrifically buttery treats from Cookie DPT are arguably the best cookies in town. Each fist-sized cookie is a meal in its own right and is generously loaded with top shelf ingredients that are baked fresh every day. There are five regular flavours to choose from right now – the classic chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, double chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, the brownie-filled red velvet and the insanely decadent peanut butter chip (our personal favourite) – but there are also seasonal specials and exclusive cookies at various locations: molten chocolate at Ralph’s Coffee in Landmark, nutella hazelnut at Her Cafe in Fashion Walk. You can order these soft-baked wonders via Instagram (@cookie.dpt) or pop along to Tong Chong Market to try some before you buy some.
Putting fun, Hong Kong twists on traditional Western-style cookies, this local bakery offers a delightful selection of flavours including lemon tea, Ovaltine and almond, and Horlicks and macadamia nut, as well as classics like butter and chocolate chip. Everything here is handmade using Chinese rice flour instead of eggs to keep all the goodies fresh and crunchy, and are boxed in a mason jar. Glory Bakery often rolls out creative limited-edition flavours like margherita pizza and salted egg and cheddar cheese. Be sure to keep an eye out for these. $69.
Run by Hong Kong celebrity and now master baker Joyce Cheng, Homie has earned itself a well-deserved cult following. The flavours are innovative in taste and in name, from the malt cookie topped with Maltesers (Ctrl Malt Del) and the smores cookie with a graham cracker base (Band Camp) to the dark chocolate salted caramel cookie (Ricky James). Homie Cookies often organises pop-ups around town with new flavours like Earl Grey with custard and dark chocolate with peanut butter, but it’s best to order a big batch online. $25; homiecookies.oddle.me.
Tai Tai Pie Pies may be synonymous with awesome pies but its cookies shouldn’t be overlooked. Sadly, there is no cookie pie. But the Sinfully Chocolate Chip is delectably chewy and you can also opt for a version with walnuts for added bite. The semi-sweet chocolate ensures these cookies aren’t overly rich while still remaining devilishly moreish. The cookies can be ordered online and picked up from the counter at The Great Food Hall in Pacific Place or direct from the Fo Tan bakery. Milk at the ready! From $126 for 12.
This unassuming family-run bakery in Sai Ying Pun is probably the most creative cookie shop you’ll ever find in town. With a history of more than 30 years, Wah Yee Tang has kept up with the times to inject new elements into its delectable cookies without sacrificing traditional techniques and quality. The one with the biggest fan following is the ‘foul language’ cookie, shaped like a cat flipping people off. There are also tons of fun designs featuring inspirational notes and holiday themes among others, all of which can be personalised. Don’t miss out on the traditional Hong Kong cakes and pastries while you’re there too. From $35
Hei Lee Bakery is often overshadowed by the tourist-packed Jenny’s Bakery located right next to it, but locals know Hei Lee offers some of the best traditional Cantonese baked goods in the city, especially their buttery, shortbread cookies. Instead of using machinery, Hei Lee’s pastry chefs persist in doing everything by hand, from kneading the dough to hand-cutting the identically-sized cookies. The bakery also uses the finest ingredients such as cashews from India, cranberries from Wisconsin and fresh butter from New Zealand to keep the cookies’ texture perfectly tender and crumbly. There are a wide range of popular flavours to choose from – black sesame, pandan, cranberry, and deep coffee-flavoured ones that are a must-get.
Apart from their crazily delicious El Poco Loco (fried chicken thigh sandwiched between two sweet potato buns) and high-quality plates of fresh and smoked sashimis, this modern izakaya serves a dessert cookie that makes you drool at first sight. As a restaurant that focuses on Japanese-inspired ingredients, Okra uses premium Uji Matcha-flavoured cookies provided by COOKIEBOY(@cookieboyhk). Added with a handful of sweet red beans, the cookie is roasted and comes out
gooey-warm and sizzling, then poured with smoked cream and lemon salt to leaven out the sweetness. Playful and serious, its umami is rooted in fundamentally sensible flavour affinity.