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Jan 10, 2013 09:47 AM

Cookie places

Went to Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square last night. (Walked in the store, didn't order delivery.) Was pleasantly surprised by the warming drawer under the front counter, so that we get fresh cookies! Good cookies -- the regular sized ones are on the thin side, soft, and a bit crunchy in the right places. Didn't try the bigger ones yet. But so far it ranks, in my book, up with the Boston Chipyard for cookies in Boston.

Insomnia Cookies reminded me how disappointed I was by the Cookie Monstah truck. Not because they don't have good cookies (I do like them -- thick, still chewy), but because on the Cookie Monstah's website they talked about bringing freshly baked cookies to the masses, but when I went the cookies had been made at their home base and merely transported downtown, so they weren't anywhere near warm.

While I'm on the subject, I was also disappointed that the cookies at the Frozen Hoagie truck were so hard the time that I went. Not chewy at all. Maybe they'd sat in their box on the truck too long. Especially a problem when used in a fat ice cream sandwich -- the ice cream all fell out of the sandwich with the first bite.

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  1. White's bakery located in Brockton and the derby street shoppes hingham, does a great job on their cookies and all sweets.

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    1. re: libertywharf

      Occassionally, I go to Whites. Some of their items are good, but I find their cookies to be run of the mill cold bakery cookies....
      nothing special....certainly not warm from being recently coming out of an oven.

      1. re: catsmeow

        I guess it's a matter of timing to get them warm. Do you have a suggestion for a better place?

        1. re: libertywharf

          Flour Bakery. I go to the one in the South End. They aren't warm but are very very fresh and delicious. The ones at Whites usually taste like they were made at least a day ahead of time if not longer.

          1. re: catsmeow

            Flour is pretty good but unfortunately aren't located in hingham or Brockton. Whites prices are better then flour. Even in the high priced derby street location, cookies are a dollar or under.

            1. re: libertywharf

              I can't really think of anywhere that I've been recently on the South Shore that has stood out for cookies. Years ago, I use to love Bents Cookie Factory in Milton; but over the years, they now don't taste as fresh as they use to. Although a chain, the cookies at Fresh Market in Hingham are pretty good.

      2. re: libertywharf

        I'm sure this comment will get some static, but subway bakes their own cookies. I stop at a local one a few mornings around 7:30, right when they're coming out of the oven.

        1. re: libertywharf

          Subway's cookies are pretty good if fresh! They remind me of Otis Spunkmeyer cookies.

          1. re: libertywharf

            Haters gon' hate, but I like Subway cookies too, if warm.

            I tried Insomnia cookies today (took one for the team) and I thought it was not that different from Subway, honestly. The only thing that makes it worth going is they are served warm out of a warmer underneath the counter. The cookie itself is like something from a tube in the grocery store, probably pre-frozen dough. Too bad they don't serve more interesting flavors, but then again drunk kids at 3am probably don't care so not worth it.

            1. re: Bugsey34

              Wow, positive feedback on my subway remark. The subway I go to usually gives away their inventory at the end of the day to customers, not a bad deal.


              1. re: Bugsey34

                Yeah, I'm not convinced that the cookies coming warm out of a warming drawer is the same thing as their being fresh.

                1. re: Allstonian

                  Subway cookies don't come out of a warming draw. Obviously the dough is made elsewhere but they're cooked in the ovens after the first batch of bread is done.

                  1. re: libertywharf

                    Sorry, I was referring to the Insomnia cookies, which are apparently kept in a warming drawer.

              2. re: libertywharf

                I'm right there with you. Their cookies are pretty good :)

            2. Cookie Monstah does have hot apple crisp if you're looking for something warm (it's good).

              1. Petsi's cookies are good, and so are the ones made by Lakota, which are also sold at Formaggios and Pemberton Market. My current faves are by Butter Girl, which you can get at Dave's or Wilsons. Her brownies melt in your mouth, and she makes an equally yummy peanut butter cookie without flour, which my gluten-free friends have become addicted to. So many cookies, so little time. Or perhaps that should be so many cookies, so many calories!

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                1. re: fantundo

                  Butter Girls cookies are phenomenal. Her peanut butter brownies are the single most perfect brownie I've ever eaten. If you are local and you order online she delivers them personally! Great products all around.

                  1. re: fantundo

                    +3 for Butter Girl.

                    I've only tried the peanut butter cookie, but it is the best one I've ever had. Thankfully I didn't even know it was gluten free, or I never would have tried it.

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                    1. I thought I saw someone say something about Sweet Idea. Anyone try them yet? I don't live near any of their campuses and they don't have a brick and mortar place, but I'd be interested to see if they deliver warm cookies.

                      I admit to liking warm cookies from many places, including Subway and Dunkin, if I happen to be around when they're warm. :) But it's nice to know of a place like Insomnia where I can *always* get a warm cookie!

                      As for just plain good cookies (of which I do count Cookie Monstah!) thanks for the tips about Butter Girl. I'll have to check that one out, maybe one of the occasional times I go to Wilson's.