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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Where can I find a bakery with the best chocolate chip cookies in Washington D.C.? I would like to buy a box of cookies as a small gift. Thanks.

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  1. Would you settle for cupcakes, instead? If so, try Cake Love on U Street, NW.

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    1. re: swifty

      Have yet to hear a good thing about Cakelove - steer clear.

      Breadline has wonderful cookies (their adult oreo is divine) but I have never had their chocolate chip cookies. The walnut thumbprints were tasty too.

      1. re: swifty

        If you're going to CakeLove in search of chocolate chip cookies, try the chocolate chip scones. A little salty and very moist; I'd recommend them over the cupcakes, even.

        1. re: abbycooks

          I haven't figured out why so many people love CakeLove. The cupcakes are ok but not the best I've ever had. The cake is also good but not best in DC. Overla, I don't think any of the cakes/cupcakes are worth the price that they charge. Breadline is good as is Marvelous Market. For chocolate chip cookies I'd go to Firehook bakery.

      2. I've always liked the sweet baked fare at Marvelous Market. If you're willing to go across the river, Pastries by Randolph in Arlington (Lee Heights Shops) will do you right, as will Mother's Macaroons, also in Arlington.

        I, and others I suspect, will advise you to steer clear of Cake Love. I've been numerous times and I think it's awful. Dry, tasteless offerings that would still be a rip off at a tenth the price.

        I'm sure there are far better places to get good cookies in the city.

        Cocinero Cubano

        1. Definitely avoid CakeLove. Worst thing in town - overpriced, dry cakes and slimy gross frosting.

          For good cookies, I really like Au bon Pain. They have a very good soft chocolate chip cookie. Also, their english toffee cookie is to die for delicious! And, they've just introduced some new flavors including a key lime sugar cookie that is really good. They do offer bakery boxes - they are white boxes with the yellow ABP logo printed on the side.

          1. Agree ABP cookies are good, but I would like something a bit more local. What a uniform response to that first post on Cake Love!!

            1. Au Bon Pain cookies are good. I guess I'll be the dissenting voice on Cakelove. Some of the baked fare on occasions is not the greatest but overall I would recommend; at least try once and form your own opinion.

              1. Try the chocolate chip cookies at Red Sage Cafe (tiny take out counter next to the restaurant on 14th st). I haven't been able to find any great chocolate chip cookies in DC, but these are pretty good. Also reasonably priced -- $1.50 for a massive (four person) cookie.

                1. Best chocolate chip cookies in DC - Firehook bakery, on Q street between conn. ave and 19th st, just above dupont circle. No contest.

                  AS for cakelove... jesus, a good concept but the desserts consistently suck. Shut it down, already.


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                  1. re: EricDC

                    Agree with Firehook they are great.

                    1. re: Adam23

                      Yep I like firehook, too. They are soft and chewy just the way I like them.

                      And someone below mentioned Great Harvest and I know you didn't ask for this, but they have a great ham and cheese scone.

                      Also something you didn't ask for, but if you are in VA then you can go to Wegman's which has great baked goods. Especially cupcakes, if they still have the coconut cupcake they had for my stepsister's engagement party those are especially good.

                      1. re: ktmoomau

                        Another vote for Firehook - I had a presidential sweet cookie the other week (Oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips, dried cherries, pecans, and coconut ) and loved it.

                  2. chocolate chip scones from whole foods are great.

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                    1. re: jessesaves

                      Actually, while Cake Love's cakes might not be the best, they make an incredible chocolate chip scone. Heavenly.

                    2. Go to Teaism and buy a package of Salty Oat Cookies. Those are my favorite cookies in the City...

                      1. Coincidentally, the Washingtonian has just run an article on the best chocolate chip cookies. They pick Marvelous Market tops, but also suggest Baked & Wired (which I have had, and are good but expensive); Mocha Hut; and Reeves Bakery.

                        1. I'd have to agree that firehook has the best cookies around. Don't just stick to chocolate chip...try the Presidential Sweet, the Chocolate Espresso Chew, and the various other cookie offerings. Mmmm.

                          As for Cake Love, I've only been there twice, so wouldn't claim to be an expert, but I really enjoyed their eclair on the first trip. While my chocolate cupcake wasn't memorable on the second trip, the homemade strawberry frosting on top of it was delicious.

                          1. I LOVE LOVE Cake Love and have since the beginning. The cakes do have to be at the right temperature, so that the frosting is soft. The only one cake I don't like is the caramel crunch - that one is over the top sweet.

                            I also wish the slices were half the size and half the price. I estimate one of their slices to be in the neighborhood of 1300 calories.

                            I like Marvelous Market and Firehook, but I don't think their cookies are really that special. They're very good, but I don't find them that special. Are they the best in DC? Hope not, but I don't know of better.

                            One chocolate cookie I love is at the vegan bakery, Sticky Fingers,

                            They're on 18th St, soon to be moving to the new Tivoli Square in Columbia Heights.

                            1. chickfactor you are correct - nothing beats a large, hot mug of chai and a salty oat cookie from Teaism. we're from north of Pgh Pa and when we are traveling ANYWHERE near DC, we've taken an extra 2 hours to shoot into Dupont Circle, drive in circles for parking and run into Teaism.

                              1. I agree with Pixie -- Cake Love is great, but only if you wait to let the cake and frosting get to room temperature. They have signs up all over the place reminding you to do that. If you are into more sugary, light cupcakes, I recommend Just Cakes in Bethesda.

                                As for chocolate chip cookies, I recommend the cookies at Red Sage, with the caveat that they are enormous.

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                                1. re: ImaginaryGirl

                                  Ah, yes, gotta be at room temperature. I followed those instructions with my small $3 cupcake and was still left wanting. Don't believe the hype. CL is a joke.

                                2. It seems late to jump in on this, but I like Costco's cookies.

                                  1. Great Harvest Bread Co. has good...and very large cookies.

                                    1. you should try Otterbein's bakery. www.otterbeinsbakery.com. They are a historical baltimore bakery that now produces delicious thin chocolate chip cookies for grocery and specialty stores. They have gift baskets available as well.

                                      1. Is Larry's Cookies still around ? I always thought they had great cookies

                                        1. You may also want to try Dean and Deluca in Georgetown. I have ordered from there for gifts and people always love 'em.