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.