The Best Cookies in Austin, Texas

The one thing I am the most passionate about in life (sadly or sweetly?) is cookies…chocolate chip to be exact. It’s the one thing I am always in search for wherever I am living or traveling. They can be just as disappointing as rewarding and there really is an art to them depending on the ration of sugar to butter, amount of salt, type and even cut of chocolate. Just to get things straight, while I do love ice cream equally, it’s much harder to find a promising cookie. If not for anything, at least CVS and Whole Foods carry Talenti ice cream when you are desperate, but you can’t always count on finding a cookie. I have been in search of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie for the last several months in Austin. I thought I found the best one I was every going to find at the food truck Nuha’s Sinful Desserts on Barton Springs, but this week, I did a taste test with 5 cookies side by side all in one day- actually all in one minute to find the best chocolate chip cookie available in this town. Here is my checklist: I look for is a little sweetness and richness in the dough followed by melted chocolate chip that are spread out enough so that chocolate is in every bite but not the ONLY bite with softness or doughiness in the middle and maybe a little crisp around the edges. I fooled myself with my findings and I bet you will, too!

I will say because the BEST chocolate chip cookie pool is a little smaller in Austin, I did include a few cookies that have a little more than just chocolate chips in them to add more options to the gang.

My #1 Chocolate Chip Cookie in Austin is EPICERIE

It’s the biggest surprise to me, too! This is a restaurant and not even a dedicated cookie bakery. I can’t be the only cookie connoisseur in town, but I will say,  I haven’t heard anyone talk about these cookies and they looked perfect upon arrival. A doughy rise right in the center that is higher than the rest of the cookie and full of melted chips through out each bite. It tastes more gourmet than a homemade cookie, and it’s a mix of  little fluffy to a little crumbly ratio. Each pillowy bite is full of happiness and the only thing I could possibly alter would be to have the edges cooked one second longer. Other than that, I am sold on looks, taste, and performance! Another tip is to try their Sprinkle/ Funfetti looking sugar cookie. It’s the same consistency but without chocolate.

#2 TINY BOXWOOD

Tiny Boxwood is a place I discovered in my hometown Houston. While I wish I could give this spot to a  local only spot, this chocolate chip cookie is perfect for all ages and sizes. It’s the right amount of gooeyness to melted chocolate, and it makes for a nice everyday cookie- not too intense or large. It’s more buttery and sugary than Epicerie and tastes like it just came out of the oven. This cookie is addicting and falls apart in your hand. Think of it as more of an upscale Nestle Tollhouse version and intsy bit thicker.

#3 NUHA’S SINFUL DESSERTS

Nuha’s is so much fun. That marshmallow in the center of the S’mores cookie really adds dimensional flavor. It tastes like a higher end Tiffs cookie, and I love how big it is to last for pure enjoyment.

 #4 KELLIE’S BAKING CO.

Kellie’s is for the person that loves round edges and bars. The stuffed cookie is soft inside with explosions of peanut butter chocolate, s’mores with melted chocolate chunks and marshmallow or twix. It’s heartier than a cookie and offers all kinds of textures. If you like the ends of things, or a cookie that is a little gooey but also chewy this is for you.

#5 JUNE’S ALL DAY

While not a traditional bakery, June’s All Day is a neighborhood cafe and bar that has an incredible bakeshop counter with items such as bialys, coffee cake, crueller doughnuts, and my little gem–the Monster Cookie. Loaded with M&M’s, pretzels, peanuts, and chocolate chips, I love this cookie as much as a traditional chocolate chip. The soft M&M’s matched with the crunchy pretzels give those who aren’t dying for a sugar bomb a smile.

#6 PAPER ROUTE BAKERY

 Paper Route Bakery which is an all organic delivery shop wins the Lemon Cookie Game. It has just enough lemon zest tartness and a light coating of icing to really cut the sweetness of their Chocolate Scandal cookies. Yes, I recommend alternating between bites. The chocolate chip is missing a tad of sweetness but their imported chocolate chunks are great. Also, go for the rich brownies. (First photo).

#7 SUGAR MAMA’S BAKESHOP

Unfortunately, the chocolate chip cookies are something to avoid here, BUT the gorgeous iced sugar cookies in shapes like unicorns, horses. flowers, etc. are gorgeous and to die for. The cookie is soft enough to hold the heavy, sparkly, and perfectly sweet icing. These are the ideal hostess or dinner party gift to add to the mix!