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Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the Boston area?

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I've recently moved to Somerville from NYC and I'm missing the chocolate chip cookies I used to be able to get there. I've had pretty good cookies at Crema in Harvard Square and one time at Savenor's, but aside from that they've been not so good to just plain awful. I'd greatly appreciate any recommendations! Just as a reference for those who are also cookie obsessed and familiar with the NYC varieties, Levain's huge ones with walnuts are my favorite, and I prefer the ones at Jacques Torres over those at City Bakery.


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  1. Chippers in Fanueil Hall.

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      1. Boston Chipyard in Faneuil Hall is excellent! Nothing beats nice, warm, chocolate chip cookies!!!

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        1. re: BackBayGirl

          Second the Chipyard in Fanueil Hall (or is it "third," I'm not sure what/where "Chippers" is in Fanueil Hall, maybe PP meant the Chipyard.) These are small little cookies but as close to homemade as you can find, I think.

          1. re: BackBayGirl

            Third for the Chipyard. It's one of the best reasons for a local to brave the throngs of tourists in Quincy Market.

          2. The chocolate chip "scone" at Pacific St Cafe

            1. I love the Ginger Bread construction Company cookies (and muffins)... I especially love the macadamian with white chocolate - the choc chip are a close second

              1. I don't know your examples, but I just had the choc. chip cookie from the Sherman Cafe in Union Sq. yesterday and it was really good. Huge, lots of choc. chips (I probably looked like a 4 year old at one point with it all on my face and hands) and a relative bargain at $1.50. I think the Whole Foods ones are pretty good. I'm bummed no Dunkin Donuts seem to carry cookies anymore, they were decent. And actually, I think Boloco and Bruegger's have pretty good cookies. Only $1 at Boloco.

                1. Saucer-sized oatmeal/walnut chocolate chip cookies at Great Harvest Bread Co in Lexington - think there's one in Newton too?

                  1. Rosie's has some really great chocolate chip cookies- they're still my favorite if you're in the mood for big, dense cookies.

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                    1. re: voodoocheese

                      YES! These are perfect - crispy on the outside edges, melty chips in the middle...

                    2. Believe it or not, my choco-chip freak family thinks the ones at Whole Foods are the closest to what my grandmother made. Not the cookies in the roll and muffin case.... they are the ones in the cellophane packet where there are about six stacked and tied with a twisty. Usually they are with the brownies that are 4 to a pack...stacked and tied with a twisty. And by the way.... the brownies are th bomb too. Its tough inmy family to find the right blend of cookie texture. We like them a little crispy edged, with a nice chew and not that underdone light color and rich tasting chippers. Check Whole Foods. Very surprisingly good.

                      1. Clear Flour Bakery in Brookline has terrific c.c. cookies--they're oversized, made with butter, crisp on the edges and a little chewy in the center and generously studded with darh chocolate chunks. Definitely hits the spot!

                        1. Uptown Espresso on Columbus in the South End has deeeelicious chocolate chip cookies. Huge, soft, and big chocolate chunks.

                          1. Yesterday, I had a very good one at Flour on Washington St. It's made with chunks of Scharffen Berger chocolate. Yum!

                            1. If you ever find yourself in the North End during the day... the chocolate chip cookies at Volle Nolle are the only ones I'll buy. They are a bit caramelized-tasting around the edges, but the insides are still chewy/soft, and the chocolate is in these amazing strata-like layers throughout... and they've got a good dose of salt on them, which is a good thing. Mmm.

                              1. I think the 1368 Coffee House (Inman and Central Squares) has one of the best chocolate chip cookies around. They usually come out around noontime. Best to get them earlier in the day when they are still chewy. Delicious!

                                1. I love the cookies at Paradise Bakery in Prudenital food court. They are always warm and with lots of chocolate!!

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                                  1. re: MtVernon

                                    I agree with catsmeow. The ones at Flour are outstanding!!

                                  2. If some dried apricot mixed in with your chocolate chip cookie is acceptable, the dark chocolate and apricot cookie @ Petsi Pies in Somerville is very tasty...so is everything else they sell.

                                    1. I have to agree with the person who said Clear Flour Bakery in Brookline...crisp on the outside, soft on the inside...the perfect amount of salt which is so important...lots of people forget how important the salt factor is in a cookie, and they've got it nailed. This is the cookie for you...

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                                      1. re: thenutmegger

                                        I love Clear Flour Bakery's chocolate chip cookies. I love everything they make.

                                      2. True Grounds in Ball Square has a pretty deadly delicious one.