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The best chocolate chip cookie in Toronto?

TorontoJo Apr 22, 2012 08:59 AM

So we all seem to obsess over cupcakes and macarons, but it just hit me that we don't give a lot of love for the unassuming, humble, chocolate chip cookie.

I don't often buy chocolate chip cookies when I'm out, partly because I made a pretty mean cookie at home, and mostly because I'm usually disappointed when I do. The cookies are either not made with butter (a hang-able offense in my book), or they are too dry, too crunchy or too soft and the chocolate is of mediocre quality.

My vote for the best chocolate chip cookie in Toronto is from Hammersmith's, a little diner/restaurant at the corner of Gerrard and Logan. While they are not primarily a bakery, one of the owners is a seriously talented baker. Her scones are fantastic and I always need to get one with my brunch when I'm there. But her chocolate chip cookies are easily my favourite in the city -- they are big and flat and a just a bit chewy, with a nice crispy edge. The cookie dough is deliciously buttery and it's loaded with quality chocolate bits, and topped with melted chocolate disks. They are $2/each, but are quite large -- easily the size of 2 cookies I would make at home.

Here's a photo I posted of a cookie from Hammersmith's from another post:

http://www.chow.com/photos/662562

I'll give a shout out to the chocolate chip cookies at Flaky Tart as a close second for me.

I realize that what people like in chocolate chip cookies is probably unique to each person, but where is your favourite chocolate chip cookie in the city?

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    Indianguy Apr 22, 2012 09:06 AM

    Yes? Hi! This may be the easy answer but the Le Gourmand (at the Spadina and the Richmond) still makes the best chocolate chip cookie. We had the many and this is still the favourite!

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      justxpete Apr 22, 2012 09:43 AM

      Despite not being cooked properly on occasion, my vote also goes with Le Gourmand. Will be happy to sample other contenders, though!

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        magic Apr 22, 2012 10:01 AM

        Agreed, Le Gourmand is very inconsistent. When they're baked properly they are probably my favourite. Problem is, you never know if they're going to be baked properly. Burnt outsides with undercooked interiors have long been a problem with Le Gourmand’s cookies.

        Miss Cora's Kitchen in Kensington Market makes a wonderful chocochip cookie. Very similar to Le Gourmand, but without Le Gourmand's consistency issues.

        When Open Window was still around I used to love their chocochip cookies. Man those were unique and good.

        I also really like Burger's Priest's chocochip cookie!

        It might be sacrilege to say, but after all these years I still LOVE Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies (original - not Soft &Chewy). I can eat a whole package with frightening ease.

        My favourite overall chocolate chip cookies are my mom's, ha.

        Now I will HAVE to try Hammersmith's, thank you TorontoJo!

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        hungyhungyhippo Apr 24, 2012 06:22 PM

        One of my favourite go-to comfort treats is the choco chip cookie from Le Gourmand. I always ask for the most "well done" one, take it home and have it with a giant glass of cold milk.

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          cheesymama Apr 24, 2012 06:30 PM

          I have yet to make it all the way home with a cookie! Thank god I don't live closer to them.

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            hungyhungyhippo Apr 24, 2012 08:38 PM

            Admittedly, the cookie doesn't get home in one piece... and I live too close for comfort to it!

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              justxpete Apr 24, 2012 09:02 PM

              I always order two for that very reason. One makes it, one does not. Haha.

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                hungyhungyhippo Apr 25, 2012 06:18 PM

                Yet another admission: I've been known to buy two for the very same reason.

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              peppermint pate Apr 25, 2012 05:40 AM

              +1 for a "well done" one from Le Gourmand.

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                PoppiYYZ May 16, 2012 05:22 AM

                Ohhh but LG's gooey ones are the best ! Closest thing Toronto has to the world's best Levain cookie.

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                abigllama Jul 22, 2013 05:31 PM

                We area heading up to a friend's cottage and where thinking about bringing the Le Groumand chocolate chip cookies up for dessert.

                I've not had one in well over a year but glad to hear people are still raving about them.

            3. Googs Apr 22, 2012 11:32 AM

              In my mind, it comes down to two categories with chocolate chip cookies. Decadently rich and chockablock with chips or simple homestyle that you or your mom might make. For the latter, I quite like Montmartre Bakery's cookies. They're lightly sweet, cookie crisp, and just the other side of enough chocolate to make them fun. I've no opinon on the decadent kind since they aren't really my bag.

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                TorontoJo Apr 22, 2012 11:34 AM

                Thanks, Googs, the simple homestyle ones are what I usually crave, so thanks for the Montmartre rec.

              2. meatnveg Apr 22, 2012 07:18 PM

                Browse away: http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/sea...

                it's a blog by a fellow chowhound poster ekim

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                  AverageJo Apr 23, 2012 06:33 AM

                  My favourite is the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from The Remarkable Bean (at Queen & Beech). There are consistency problems; sometimes they're overbaked and a bit too dark. But this is a really substantial cookie. I like oatmeal in my cc cookies, and these have lots of oatmeal and chocolate chips. Not sickeningly sweet either.

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                    Attknee Apr 23, 2012 11:01 AM

                    I like the ones at Yitz's at Eglinton and Avenue Road. Soft and chewy with lots of chips.

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                      magic Apr 23, 2012 01:06 PM

                      Those are delish, yeah. Forgot about those.

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                      thebutcher Apr 24, 2012 08:15 PM

                      wagamama - corner of king west and tecumseth - chewy, soft but lots of chocolate chips. yum

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                        akchahal Jul 3, 2013 12:48 PM

                        I agree. I just started a blog where i review chocolate chip cookies (ccandmilk.com) and Wagamama was my first review. Really good cookie and the staff is super duper friendly!

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                        pâté chinois Apr 25, 2012 02:35 PM

                        Xococava's chocolate chip cookie is dark, moist and decadent... love it!

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                          justxpete Apr 25, 2012 02:59 PM

                          But does it look like this!?!

                          Oh man, I need to have one of these... soon.

                           
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                            pâté chinois Apr 25, 2012 03:13 PM

                            Kind of, but the batter is chocolate, not vanilla.

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                              mstestzzz002 May 11, 2012 02:03 PM

                              Just tried Xococava's chocolate chunk cookie - key word is "chunk". There's a slightly different mouth feel to chocolate chunks vs chocolate chips. The X. cookie I had was slightly drier than Le Gourmand's. About the same size as Le Gourmand, slightly more expensive ~$0.50.

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                          peppermint pate May 9, 2012 10:25 AM

                          Gotta give a shout out to the chocolate chip cookies topped with sea salt at Te Aro. I keep forgetting to ask where they get them from but wowza, they're good. Much thinner than Le Gourmand's, these strike a pretty awesome balance of crisp on the outside with a chewy/sticky interior. Quality chocolate chunks too.

                          1. atomeyes May 9, 2012 03:57 PM

                            whomever makes the ones that the Only Cafe carries...mmmmm

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                              letrell May 14, 2012 01:17 PM

                              Xococava's chocolate chip cookie is beyond words. Um Divine.
                              Tucked behind Bruno's in Delisle Court @ Yonge & St. Clair.

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