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Levain
Photography: Time Out / Ali Garber

The best cookies in NYC

We followed the cookie crumbs to find the most delicious version of the classic treat

By Emma Orlow and Bao Ong
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Cookies and milk aren’t just for kids—the best cookies in NYC are proof. Freshly baked at the best coffee shops and best bakeries in NYC, the city’s top cookies range from elegant crinkle cookies to old-school black-and-white rounds to homey chocolate chip. These aren’t just some of New York’s finest cookies—this is some of the best dessert in NYC. In order to rank the city’s best cookies, we held a totally unscientific experiment, sourcing options from our favorite bakeries, then having our colleagues help us do the hard work of taste-testing. Like most things in life, the results are totally subjective. Besides, we couldn’t possibly eat our way through this city’s thousands of morsels.

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Best cookies in NYC

Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery
Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery
Photograph: Time Out/ Ali Garber

1. The Chocolate Explosion at Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery

Umber Ahmad’s treat is almost more of a brownie: It’s perfectly chewy and soft. Prepared with confectioners’ sugar, the crackling powder coat resembles fresh snow, and the whole thing is not overpoweringly sweet. It’s the best cookie we tried, hands down. 

Te Company
Te Company
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

2. Pineapple Linzer at Té Company

Stuffed with pineapple jam and topped with shredded lime, this subtle-yet-commanding dessert is an ideal pairing with the Taiwanese teas that are the specialty of this intimate shop.

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Culture Espresso
Culture Espresso
Photograph: Time Out/ Ali Garber

3. Chocolate Chip at Culture Espresso

This coffee shop’s chocolate-chip cookies, which are freshly baked throughout the day, are a case study: crisp outside and buttery inside, with just the right amount of chocolate. 

Maman
Maman
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

4. Nutty Chocolate Chip at Maman

Stuffed with macadamias, almonds, walnuts, French chocolate and sea salt, this cookie has the ideal ratio of crunchy to craggly, oozing bites.  

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Levain
Levain
Photograph: Time Out/ Ali Garber

5. Chocolate Chip at Levain Bakery

The original Upper West Side location still commands lines for its decadent, shareable confections that could almost be mistaken for scones—except the 6-ounce cookies are fluffier and richer.

The Smile
The Smile
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6. PB&J at The Smile To-Go

Vegan and gluten-free, this peanut-butter– and-jelly cookie falls apart a tad too easily, but who cares when it tastes like a favorite childhood snack?

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Ciao, Gloria
Ciao, Gloria
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7. Morning Gloria at Ciao, Gloria

Despite its name, this cookie can be eaten at any time of day. It’s a play on morning-glory muffins, masquerading as an earthy dessert that’s topped with shredded carrots for some colorful pizzaz. Eat your veggies! 

Ovenly
Ovenly
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

8. Hot Chocolate at Ovenly

Filled with milk chocolate and vegan marshmallows, this cookie is as cozy as the winter drink it’s named after. Plus, it’s entirely gluten-free, but you’d never know it from the luscious flavor.

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The Good Batch
The Good Batch
Photograph: Time Out / Ali Garber

9. Tahini Chocolate Chunk at The Good Batch

The nutty and slightly salty undertone from the tahini sets this chocolate-chip cookie apart. There’s a surprising savory note that we can’t get enough of.

Red Gate Bakery
Red Gate Bakery
Photograph: Time Out/ Ali Garber

10. The White Chocolate Grapefruit at Red Gate Bakery

Winter citrus is at its peak now, but if we’re being honest, there’s only so much vitamin C–packed fruit we can take. But the White Chocolate Grapefruit cookie tempts us back. 

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