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Photograph: Jonathan ApreaBest cookies: Flourless chocolate cookies from Dominique Ansel Bakery
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Photograph: Krista SchlueterBest cookies: Chocolate-chip cookies from Baconery
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Photograph: Jonathan ApreaBest cookies: Key-lime pie cookies from Schmackary’s
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Photograph: Jonathan ApreaBest cookies: Downtown Cookie Co. funfetti cookies from Everyman Espresso
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Photograph: Jessica LinBest cookies: Peanut butter cookies from Ovenly
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Photograph: Marielle SolanBest cookies: Oatmeal raisin cookies from Kahve
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Photograph: Jessica LinBest cookies: Diamond chocolate-chip shortbreads at Bien Cuit
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Photograph: Jessica LinBest cookies: Palmiers from Colson Patisserie
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Photograph: Melissa SInclairBest cookies: Rugalach from Moishe’s Bake Shop

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.

By Sarah Bruning

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.

Dominique Ansel
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Flourless chocolate cookie from Dominique Ansel Bakery

Restaurants Bakeries Soho

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).

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Chocolate-chip cookie from Baconery

Restaurants American Flatiron

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.

Schmackary's Cookies
Photograph: Jonathan Aprea

Key-lime pie cookie from Schmackary’s

Restaurants Bakeries Hell's Kitchen

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).

Downtown Cookies
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Downtown Cookie Co. funfetti cookie from Everyman Espresso

Restaurants Coffee shops East Village

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

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Peanut butter cookie from Ovenly

Restaurants Bakeries Greenpoint

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.

Photograph: Marielle Solan

Oatmeal raisin cookie from Kahve

Restaurants Coffee shops Hell's Kitchen

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).

Photograph: Jessica Lin

Palmier from Colson Patisserie

Restaurants Bakeries Park Slope

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.

Moishes Bake Shop
Photograph: Melissa SInclair

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.


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