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  • kwass Feb 14, 2013 05:05 PM

This thread is being carried over from a discussion that began in the Butter Tart thread.

Best cookie in Toronto: peanut butter from le gourmand

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    Can't wait to learn about the great cookies hidden around the city!

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    1. re: justsayn

      Me neither. And you have to tell me more about Mad Batter Bakers

      1. re: kwass

        They have been selling gingerbreads at the One of a Kind Show for years! They bake right there through the day, so you can often get them fresh out of the oven. They also experiment with other flavoured cookies and sometimes sample them. As well they offer a sugar free chocolate chip.

        1. re: justsayn

          Can they only be purchased @ the One of a Kind Show?

          1. re: kwass

            No they have a retail front and bake in the back!

            1. re: justsayn

              Hmmm...interesting. I'm going to google them, because there's nothing better than a good gingerbread cookie!

              1. re: kwass

                Gingerbread cookie types are all over the map differing in textures, molasses, thickness. sweetness, spices. I hope you like them at MBB! I prefer St Johns' version for the spicing and the real ginger pieces!

                1. re: justsayn

                  As soon as I try them, I'll report back.

              2. re: justsayn

                I just went on Mad Batter Bakers' website, and I recognized the packaging. I've tried them, and they truly are delicious!

                1. re: kwass

                  +1 for Mad Batters gingerbread! I get one every year at the Christmas One of a Kind.

                  1. re: Klafouti

                    You can buy them year round @ Pusateri's.

                    1. re: kwass

                      …don't tempt me...

                      1. re: Klafouti

                        ;)

        2. re: justsayn

          Also, has anyone tried the cookies from Moo Milk Bar?

        3. Wagamma has great buttery mini cookies. Green Tea, Chocolate Almond, Sesame and cinnamon. Their peanut butter cookie is really great too.

          It'z a Wrap for their double chocolate cookies which seem like a brownie cookie with a meringue crust. Similar to the amazing chocolate walnut cookies at Harbord Bakery.

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          1. re: justsayn

            Wagamama is definitely on my list!

            1. re: kwass

              The mini chocolate almond is made from top quality cocoa and butter. They are so rich for what they are. The other minis are like flavoured shortbreads. I know people who swear by their chocolate chip cookies as well, but they are not my style.

              1. re: justsayn

                What don't you like about the chocolate chip?

                1. re: kwass

                  They are too soft - especially in the centre portion. Very sugary. Chocolate chips seem to be average.

                  1. re: justsayn

                    With Le Gourmand so close (well close enough) it doesn't make sense to get chocolate chip cookies from anywhere else. Especially when they're hot out of the oven!

                    1. re: kwass

                      Probably the best chocolate chip is at Le Gourmand IMHO, not bad croissants and coffee either. However, don't let your eyes wander up to the interior ceiling....

                      I've been in factories with dirt floors that have had cleaner ceilings. Common guys, give the place a clean. Until then, keep your hand over your coffee cup.

                      1. re: PoppiYYZ

                        You should send him a tweet or call him to let him know. He'll do something about it. He's really good that way.

                        1. re: kwass

                          Dun ! I'll call tomorrow too.

                          Be nice to enjoy my cookie, croissant, bagel, and coffee with two hands !!

                          1. re: PoppiYYZ

                            Let us know what he says

            2. re: justsayn

              Have you ever tried poppyseed cookies? Apparently, Center Street Deli makes a really good version

              1. re: kwass

                CSD is the only place to buy poppyseed cookies. I dare you to stop eating them! Don't get the sugar free...if that was a risk ; )

                1. re: justsayn

                  My mom used to make them when I was a kid, and I've never been able to find any that come close to hers. So, I'll definitely make a trip to CSD.

                  1. re: justsayn

                    And no...wasn't planning on getting the sugar free...lol.

                    1. re: kwass

                      I was at CSD this week and the waitress (she was fantastic) gave us a complimentary plate of them, piled high!. It was the first time I've had them and indeed, they were fantastic. I could have eaten the whole plate myself. Definitely worth the trip, and you might as well get a corned beef on rye while you're there!

                      1. re: barneyvernon

                        Will do :)

                        Glad to hear they're so good!

                        1. re: barneyvernon

                          Medium Smoked Meat ; )

                          1. re: justsayn

                            You're too funny!!

                      2. re: justsayn

                        The Mohn cookies (aka poppyseed) at CSD are H.E.A.V.E.N. Just incredible. Best I’ve ever had.

                        For gingerbread I LOVE Phipps' version. Deeelish!

                        For chocolate chip, it's Miss Cora's Kitchen all the way. When Le Gourmand bakes them correctly their chocolate chip walnut are incredible. But in my experience at least they fudge the baking more than they get it right. So I don't waste my time with them anymore. Miss Cora's Kitchen's version is similar and honestly just as good, anyways.

                        For rugelach, I love Phipps. I used to love Open Window's version but we all know what happened to them....

                        The chocolate brownie cookie at Harbord Bakery is stupid good. As are their sprinkle cookies.

                        Elite Bakery on Kennedy Rd in Scarborough also makes great Greek style sprinkle cookies with tasty preserve fillings.

                        Two Moms makes a mean lemon cookie! Mmm!

                        1. re: magic

                          I really need to get to Phipps!!

                          I think the HB chocolate brownie cookie may be what I have refered to as the chocolate walnut cookie? If nearby, try It'z a Wrap double chocolate!

                          1. re: justsayn

                            For me, Phipps does some things extremely well. Other things not so much.

                            I DO NOT care for most of their cookies. I stay away from their chocolate chip.

                            What I do love there: rugelach (both cinnamon and chocolate!), gingerbread cookie, and (haha) their butter tarts.

                            It's a great place to sit and enjoy some treats and a coffee. So pretty.

                            1. re: magic

                              So you like their butter tarts? Ediblethoughts has been recommending them, but I've been reluctant since they don't have a plain butter tart...the closest thing to it being caramel.

                              I do love rugelach though, so I definitely want to give theirs' a try

                              1. re: kwass

                                I love all manner of good butter tarts, including Phipps'. I haven't had them in a while but I believe I recall them having a chocolate crust version with pecans. Drool.

                              2. re: magic

                                And I still have Phipps pecan pie on my list from ediblethoughts

                                1. re: magic

                                  And I agree, it really is a pretty space.

                                  1. re: magic

                                    And no bakery has a more lovely buttery cookie smell...

                                2. re: magic

                                  I grew up calling them mohn cookies as well. I just didn't know how to spell "mohn", so I called them poppyseed. I definitely have to try CSD's version after such high praise from you and justsayn.

                                  Bagel World (if that's the one @ Bathurst and Sheppard) makes really good rugelach too, as does Sonny Langer's, and Leah's

                                  1. re: kwass

                                    As if decadent, lovely fatty smoked meat wasn't enough, that dessert is killer.

                                    Will try your recs, kwass. Excellent!

                                    1. re: magic

                                      :)

                                    2. re: kwass

                                      So I went to CSD this morning to buy a package of Mohn cookies, and I must say, they do a fantastic version. So delish! Crispy, yet they melt in your mouth...and so addictive!!

                                      Unfortunately, I went really early this morning, so I didn't get a sandwich, but I've been regretting it since. In fact, I'm still kicking myself...how many hours later?

                                      1. re: kwass

                                        At least you got to try the Mohn cookies. Glad you enjoyed. Go back soon for smoked meat :)

                                        1. re: magic

                                          I'm planning to :)

                                        2. re: kwass

                                          Just so you know....I am kicking you too! Glad you loved the cookies.

                                          1. re: justsayn

                                            I deserve it justsayn. But, I'm going back for a sandwich...pinky swear!

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              Give the buckwheat knishe a try as well. : )

                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                You're too funny justsayn!!

                                      2. re: magic

                                        Oh, and the chocolate chunk cookies from Yitz's!!!

                                        1. re: magic

                                          Hmmm...haven't been to yitz's in years.

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            That's a whole other thread entirely. In fact, there is one!

                                            I love Yitz's. I still think it's fantastic, even after all these years.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              Good to know, since it was awesome back in the day.

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                And a 2 minute walk from Phipps :)

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  True!

                                          2. re: magic

                                            How do you find them fresh? Whenever I've been there they always look dry.

                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                              The Yitz's cookies?

                                              Luck! When they're old they're like any older cookie - not great. When fresh, amazing.

                                              Usually I guess I just get lucky. Sorry, I'm sure that isn't helpful.

                                              1. re: magic

                                                I guess it means I have to go there more frequently.. I used to haunt the Kitchen Table in the Atrium looking for fresh chocolate chunk cookies---when they were good they were awesome. But they don't do there own cookies that often now and so I've lost interest in checking.

                                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                  Yeah, trust me, they are often fresh. And if you've found them fresh you're in for a real treat.

                                                  As an aside I am a huge fan of the Kitchen Table in the Atrium. Great deals on some wicked products.

                                  2. FWIW, my vote goes to the in house baked cookie at Pusateris' Yorkville location.

                                    Not only are the cookie very tasty, they get bonus points for the flavours like Bitter Chocolate & Valencia Oranges, White Chocolate Pistachio.

                                    Each tray is only about 3.50 for 8 little cookies.

                                    1. Though I've been to Arz Fine Foods many times (1909 Lawrence East) - I never tried their cookies until last week.
                                      Wow, were they ever good. They literally have 20 different kinds, the majority being a variation of a shortbread with different fillings, frostings, nuts, sprinkles, toppings etc.

                                      Highly recommended if you're in the area.

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                                      1. re: pakmode

                                        They are delicious! Hard to stop eating them!

                                        1. re: Full tummy

                                          So true. I picked up some more the other day too!

                                      2. Hey justsayn, did you see this?

                                        http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

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                                        1. re: kwass

                                          I recognize the topic!! : )

                                          If you read the comments you will see all the votes for Moo Milk Bar.

                                          Time to get there!!

                                          Thanks

                                          1. re: justsayn

                                            I didn't read the comments, but I will. And yes, I've been wanting to try Moo Milk Bar for a while now :)

                                            1. re: justsayn

                                              Wow! Just read the comments. I've never heard so many positive responses about one place. It's definitely on the list now!

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                Same!

                                          2. Elm Hill Cookies in Oakville.

                                            1. Nookie cookies from Le Gourmand
                                              Mary Brown's shortbread cookies with chocolate chunks
                                              The cookie from Senators that has everything - nuts, chocolate and raisins in it - yum!
                                              Fig and pistachio from Dark Horse, Spadina

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                                              1. re: Calam1ty

                                                What are the nookie cookies?

                                                1. re: Calam1ty

                                                  Not the biggest fan of bought cookies, but Mercurio's amaretti are excellent--softish, with a big flavour.

                                                2. Not Best Cookie... but pretty darn good cookie from unexpected source... the Yonge/Queen Bay basement revamp includes a counter that has stuff from Bobette & Belle and Soma. Not sure who makes the chocolate pecan cookies, but they are a quite tasty rich chocolate base cookie with chocolate chunks and worth the $2. I found today's a little underbaked but some people like that. They also stock Bobette macarons. I'm pretty disappointed with the O&B stuff in the Bay overall but this counter using other suppliers is good.

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                                                  1. re: julesrules

                                                    do you know if they stock other bobette & belle/soma items -- cupcakes, cakes, chocolates, marshmallows, etc.? or is it just cookies?

                                                    1. re: autopi

                                                      Marshmallows by b&b yes
                                                      Soma chocolates yes, fairly wide selection
                                                      Some cupcakes today but only one kind, carrot ones decorated as bunnies and I've never noticed cupcakes before - they looked amateurish compared to B&B
                                                      No cakes
                                                      In the summer you can get Soma gelato with toppings including B&b macarons, but this turned out to be way too sweet of a combo - sounded better in theory!

                                                      1. re: julesrules

                                                        thanks for the info -- it's great to know as this is much more convenient than trekking all the way out to leslieville!

                                                    2. re: julesrules

                                                      The O+B chocolate covered sponge toffee is really good. I've been happy with the O+B chocolates I've bought. Nice to get a few HBC points. I ask the Soma cashiers to pass along the O+B loyalty card idea every time I make a big purchase at Soma.

                                                    3. Another vote for Moo Milk Bar. Have never been disappointed. And I know this is only about cookies but Moo's Nutella ricotta pie is amazing too!

                                                      1. I had a cookie from a place called "Pretty Sweet" on King and... well, east of Bathurst on the weekend. She's a former pastry chef from Splendido, circa Yannick and David. While my favourite is still Le Gourmand, I would have to say that her chocolate chunk cookie was really, really good, and the flavours more complex and better seasoned than the Le Gourmand cookie.

                                                        Now, I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to chocolate chip cookies, so again, I prefer Le Gourmand - but, I could see where others might think this the best chocolate chip cookie in TO. If you're not a huge fan of LG, then this might be a top contender.

                                                        Website, still under contsruction: http://psbyprettysweet.com/

                                                        I might add, that her chocolate macaroons (not macaron), are probably the best I've ever had. Great dark chocolate, rich coconut, and some kind of soft meringue or marshmallow (not really sure). We (but mostly I) absolutely devoured them.

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                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                          We have discussed her on the board - Best milk chocolate mousse, awesome brownies. Since then, I have tried her chocolate chip cookie, and much prefer it to LG. I find LG too sweet, these are just as you described them. Other baked goods I have tried of hers have been nothing more than average. Haven't tried the macaroons.

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            How odd - I had the chocolate mousse as well (my SO and I tried almost one of everything) and both found it sickly sweet - I couldn't even finish it. I'll have to give it another whirl.

                                                            Loved the brownies too.

                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                              LOL - do try again!

                                                              1. re: justxpete

                                                                When I went, I unfortunately didn't try the cookies, because I tried so much else. I got the mini apple crumble tart, the butter tart, the brownie, the blondie, and the mini carrot cake. And out of all of those things, the only thing that was good was the brownie. I wanted to love this place because it's so cute and the owner/baker is so incredibly nice, but I thought her stuff was really bad :(

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  That's crazy. I don't think "really bad" is a term you can use to describe any of her goods. I think the chocolate mousse was too sweet - but everything else was good/great. And the macaroons - wow.

                                                                  1. re: justxpete

                                                                    Sorry justxpete. But "really bad" is definitely the term I would use to describe her stuff. Sorry, but I stand by that.

                                                                    1. re: justxpete

                                                                      I could say that her stuff is "not good at all". Is that better? :)

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        : )

                                                                        By Chow standards, most of her stuff is not worth talking about...how's that?

                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                          I'll go with that :)

                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                      I agree (as we have pretty much already discussed)...except that the milk chocolate mousse is quite exceptional and I have to say I have shared it with more than a few people now. The chocolate chip cookies get high marks too. The rest is PTA bake sale quality but I wouldn't call it bad.

                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                        I haven't tried the cookies, and I certainly don't doubt that they're as good as you guys say.

                                                                    3. re: justxpete

                                                                      We had the milk chocolate mousse again and gave special consideration to the sweetness. We didn't find it over the top sweet at all. I much prefer dark chocolate over milk because of sweetness, so I know what you might be saying. If you find milk chocolate to be too sweet, you may find this sweet.

                                                                      The rich chocolate flavour and smooth consistency overcomes the fact that it would probably be even better if bittersweet.

                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                        Has anyone tried the cheesecake in a mason jar? That's the one thing I regret not trying.

                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                          That is one thing I have heard is very sweet. Haven't tried it.

                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                            And we know how you feel about things that are too sweet :)

                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                              For me, sugar-sweet needs to be offset with other qualities for it to be balanced out and made tolerable : )

                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                I'm like that too occasionally. After eating something really sweet, I sometimes need something salty or savoury to balance it out.

                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                            I had the mason jar cheesecake (caramel, not sure if the topping changes) and I did find it too sweet. It was also pretty liquidy in the centre (not sure if that's how it's supposed to be).

                                                                            I loooove the brownies and liked the cookie. I will give the macaroons and the mousse some time in my spotlight next (what can I say, I walk past there every day).

                                                                            1. re: Manybears

                                                                              The mason jar cheesecake is the one thing I wanted to go back and try. Thanks for reporting back on it. Guess I won't be rushing back.

                                                                  2. Little Nicky's on John (just south of Queen) has a great cookie: chocolate chunk with an Oreo baked inside. Love it!

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                                                                    1. re: friskypete

                                                                      Little Nicky's changes their baked goods around. With the exception of the doughnuts, they don't usually have the same stuff every day. How often do they have those cookies? They sound yummy!!

                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                        Ooops. Sorry I didn't reply, kwass! LN usually has that cookie early in the afternoon. They often run out by 3 p.m. or so. Soooo good!

                                                                        1. re: friskypete

                                                                          Thanks friskypete. I'll definitely check it out!!

                                                                      2. re: friskypete

                                                                        This is a very good cookie. Also, when I told my friend at work about the cookie within a cookie, she asked how much cookie can you get out of a cookie? And I came up with an even more meta idea to take two of these cookies, and add filling to make a sandwich cookie. That would itself contain two more sandwich cookies. Genius, no?
                                                                        Or.... ICE CREAM SANDWICH!

                                                                      3. For our next contender, a cookie from the east. Du Cafe on O'connor north of St Clair. Kill-ah cookies (and truffles too).

                                                                        1. How awesome does this sound!! Banana chocolate chip cookie...yum-my!!

                                                                          Description: It's cakey, puffy, and really freaking tasty: the new Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie!

                                                                          http://twitpic.com/ch6tyv

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                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                            WOW

                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                              I know :)

                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                              Their cookies are good but their 7 layer dream bar is heaven!!

                                                                              1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                Tell us more about the 7-layer dream bar

                                                                                1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                  Does it have coconut? This kind of bar usually seems to in my experience (and I don't like coconut in my dessert...)

                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                    Unfortunately for you, it has coconut.

                                                                                    http://moomilkbar.ca/product/7-layer-...

                                                                                    1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                      Darn--that kind of thing almost always does.

                                                                              2. Check out this pic from Desmond and Beatrice. It's a Brownie Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie:

                                                                                http://instagram.com/p/YQVT3My4bu/

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                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                  Jeez Louise that looks good. Thanks for sharing.

                                                                                  They went to town on their website. Incredible photos and great functionality. Well done.

                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                    I'd argue that isn't really a cookie at that point, but who am I kidding? I'd eat that so fast it'd look like a magic trick.

                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                      You're not alone ;)

                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                      Was it chewy or soft?

                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                        Unfortunately, I haven't tried the cookie. I came across the pic on Twitter. But, boy does it look good!

                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                          It does. But sometimes a cookie's taste isn't fully captured by its looks!

                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                            True

                                                                                      2. re: kwass

                                                                                        I've had it and its damn good!

                                                                                        1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                          Is it chewy or soft?

                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                            It's more chewy than soft IMHO.

                                                                                            1. re: callitasicit

                                                                                              Good to know! That is what I like. OK, it is on my list...

                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                It's one of the best cookies I've ever tried:)

                                                                                      3. Tried the Toblerone shortbread at Poor John's for the first time. A real treat!

                                                                                        1. Cookies are my favorite sweet. For now my fav is chocolateria on Roncy

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                                                                                          1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                            What do you like there?

                                                                                            1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                              Had a cookie that maybe was like an "everything" cookie. It was quite sweet but not too much so, texture were excellent. Crispy exterior, chewy gooey interior, some crunchy bits inside. Nice butteriness too.

                                                                                              Also, maybe the best brownies in town too!

                                                                                              1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                Thanks for describing. Brownies are chewy or soft? (I am a chewy fan---and chewy is darn hard to find.)

                                                                                                1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                  Ediblethoughts, if you're a fan of chewy brownies, you might want to try Churchill's brownies, which are sold @ Pusateri's. They're unbelievably soft and chewy.

                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                    Churchill's? I've never heard of that bakery. Are they a Toronto bakery? (Just did the basic google search and couldn't see anything obvious---unless they are from Manitoba?)

                                                                                                    I don't get to Pusateris that often but might get there sooner now...

                                                                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                      To be honest Ediblethoughts, I've never heard of Churchill's either, and I've never checked to see if Churchill's is in fact an actual bakery. All I know is that they're sold @ Pusateri's and I've bought them for friends (I'm not a big brownie eater myself), and they're ridiculously soft. They're actually called "Churchill's Heavenly Brownies", and they really do look heavenly :) Please let me know what you think when you finally try them.

                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                        I don't like soft unless it's chewy (not to over-state an obsessive point but... yeah, I'm very picky about that point). I actually rather like (this will sound wrong I know), almost hardish and chewy. To a point.

                                                                                                        Anyway, I will certainly try one if you think they're that great.

                                                                                                        1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                          I think these are soft and chewy. But like I said in my earlier post, I haven't tried them myself, I bought them for friends. If you're a brownie fan, I'd say give them a try. Worse comes to worst, you've wasted $3.00

                                                                                                    2. re: kwass

                                                                                                      http://www.churchillsgourmetgifts.com/

                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                        Thanks Googs. Other than seeing the brownies @ Pusateri's, I had never heard of Churchill's.

                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                          Pusateri's is pretty much only a food broker. If the brownie is 3 bucks there, you can probably get it for half that if you buy direct. Good for Leaside residents.

                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                            I'm pretty sure Pusateri's cooks and bakes quite a bit of food themselves, in addittion to selling from others around town.

                                                                                                            Their "Ultimate Brownie" is incredible. As far as I've always understood, they bake that themselves.

                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                              I'd check under the hood.

                                                                                                            2. re: Googs

                                                                                                              Where are they located? The site links seem to go nowhere.

                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                882 Millwood Rd which is roughly in the Laird & Eglinton area. More info here:
                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/pages/Church...

                                                                                                                It looks very mom & pop, but you never know.
                                                                                                                http://goo.gl/maps/Nb0ch

                                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                  Thanks, Googs.. The website looks so formal, hard to get a feel for them..

                                                                                                      2. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                        Totally agree with chewy. Unfortunately I have not personally found a good chewy one in toronto. These ones are soft. But what they do good is not very sweet. Quality coco flavor. And simple combo with great results

                                                                                                        1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                          I used to find chewy brownies way back but it seems very difficult these days.

                                                                                                          1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                            My fav brownies in the city are at Odile chocolate on Dundas, two doors west of Porchetta & Co. She uses fair trade chocolate with quality ingredients (they're priced accordingly). It is fairly chewy - and they're always delicious! By far my favourite of any being offered in the city currently.

                                                                                                            Fair warning: She doesn't have them all the time (although she does *most* of the time), so call first if you're making a special trip.

                                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                              The site makes it look like just chocolates. Interesting that they have brownies...

                                                                                                  2. A new bakery is opening up called Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company @ Avenue and Davenport. The cookies look unbelievable (baci cookies, cashew cookies and heavenly bites)!! Here's the link:

                                                                                                    http://chocolatebrunette.com/images/C...

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                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                      Looks interesting....

                                                                                                      On another note, is a biscotti a cookie?

                                                                                                      If yes, I've discovered the best biscotti EVER!!
                                                                                                      Forno Cultura orange almond biscotti which I picked up at Pusateri's but they are made locally, somewhere near King St.
                                                                                                      Can't remember exactly, but they are fantastic.

                                                                                                      1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                        It is this place - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898268

                                                                                                        King and Portland. Lots and lots of good stuff.

                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                          That is the place she's talking about justsayn.

                                                                                                        2. re: millygirl

                                                                                                          A biscotti is definitely a cookie millygirl :)

                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                            Yes! That's the place justsayn. Sorry, I didn't even think to search first!!

                                                                                                            Sounds like I need to check this place out.

                                                                                                            As I said, their biscotti are excellent. Great flavour to them, you could actually taste the orange. Very fresh.

                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                              Is it? I dunno, I'd say that's debatable. Is anything sweet, crunchy and baked a cookie? Is a macaron a cookie?

                                                                                                              1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                I'd consider a macaron a cookie!

                                                                                                                1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                  Me too!

                                                                                                                  They are all different types of cookie to me.

                                                                                                            2. re: millygirl

                                                                                                              If a biscuit is a cookie, then a biscotto is also a cookie

                                                                                                          2. FYI, A Toll House Cookies is now open in the PATH downtown, underneath Metro Hall (2 min walk from St. Andrew station). This is the first location I've ever seen outside the U.S.

                                                                                                            Smells great. You can smell it 75 yards away. Products look really tasty. But I haven't tried anything yet.

                                                                                                            It’s actually a full walk-in, sit down place. Not simply a kiosk, as I’ve always seen in the U.S.

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                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                              Tried them today (long walk!) but really not worth it. They are rather uninteresting. Nice consistency overall in terms of not too soft or hard (chewy and a tiny bit of crisp). But not enough chocolate per cookie and my friend who tried one thought the dough was tasteless. The turtle brownie was a little better in flavour (though not chewy really but oh well).

                                                                                                              It is so hard to find a good chocolate chip cookie....

                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                Do you like the chocolate chip cookies from le Gourmand? They get mixed reviews. People either love them or hate them.

                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                  I do like them--or I did when I had a LG close to me. I found them a bit too soft but better than most.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                    I just had one yesterday, confident to say its now the best cookie I have ever had.

                                                                                                                  2. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                    Appreciate the report Ediblethoughts, thanks :)

                                                                                                                    1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                      Apparently they closed, according to blogto.com.

                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                        Le Gourmand is closed?

                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                          No, no!

                                                                                                                          I was replying to a different part of the thread. Toll House Cookies along the PATH closed, I believe.

                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                            Thank goodness! You scared me magic ;)

                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                            Don't say shit like that!

                                                                                                                            Panic at the disco. Sheesh!

                                                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                              All is well!!

                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                Yeah. Toll House has a notice on their door saying they owe $10,000 in rent.

                                                                                                                    2. Epi Bread's apricot oatmeal and their (somehow new) white chocolate macadamia nut cookie---really soft and chewy, both of them. The white chocolate-mac was so tasty, soft inside and a little tiny bit crispy outside with big macs.

                                                                                                                      After all is said and done (and reading this thread and trying some of the cookies or re-trying), I think these are my favourite cookies in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                        I agree with you Ediblethoughts. The apricot oatmeal cookies @ Epi's are pretty good. But before you declare them your favourite in the city, you MUST try the oatmeal cookies from Le Gourmand. IMO they blow Epi's oatmeal cookies away!!

                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                          I'm trying to remember if I've tried those... I remember chocolate chip but not sure... was it oatmeal chocolate chip? I like the apricot in the Epi cookies..

                                                                                                                          If I get to Yonge & Bloor (just not there very often at all oddly enough), I'll try to remember to get there.

                                                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                            No. They're oatmeal raisin, and they're kind of a cross between a cookie and a cake. These cookies are like a meal...very filling...and so yummy! They're my favourite oatmeal cookies in the city. They also make my favourite peanut butter cookies in the city, although they don't always have the pb cookies.

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              Is LG open at Yonge and Bloor again? I know they had closed shop a while back when their future seemed uncertain. I thought they only had the Spadina location open now. Please let me know if I am wrong, Y & B is much closer for me and I do love their cookies!

                                                                                                                              1. re: cheesymama

                                                                                                                                As far as I know, there's only 1 location now and it's @ Richmond and Spadina.

                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                  Really? I thought I saw it at Y & B but didn't buy anything so much be mistaken. I did not know they were at R & S---very good to know!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                    I think they may have been @ Y & B for a short time, but not for a while now. They've been @ R & S for over 2 years, maybe longer.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      Much longer than 2 years for R/S. 8? 9? Longer?

                                                                                                                                      Did not realize there was a Y/B location. Hmm.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                        Has it been that long? Wow! So were they open when the Yonge/Eg location was open? I thought R & S opened after Y & E closed.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          They were open long before the Y/E location yeah. They might have closed for a very brief period and reopened if my memory serves....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                            I had no idea. I thought the Y/E location was the 1st location.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              Happy to inform!

                                                                                                                      2. Not in Toronto but not sure where to post this otherwise. Dreamer's Cafe's Crazy Cookie (featured on their website ) is fantastic. You just have to look at this cookie (and when I walked in yesterday, there were about 2 dozen or more on a cookie sheet) to see how irresistible they are. Some shortbread-like base with chocolate and caramel drizzle. Taste lives up to looks too! Sadly Port Hope is a bit far to go for a cookie.

                                                                                                                        1. Another to add: the double chocolate chip (chocolate cookie with dark chocolate chips) at Phipps are really nice--lovely chocolate flavour, soft and a little crispy. Not too soft/squishy.

                                                                                                                          1. I had a cookie from Le Gourmand today for the first time in a while - I gotta say, it's still a clear winner for me by far, with nothing coming close.

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                                                                                                                            1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                              im still backing chocolaterie on roncy. every time im in that hood i have to stop in for one. have you tried?

                                                                                                                              - khao san road

                                                                                                                              1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                No, but I used to have their salted caramel truffles at Barque quite often. Didn't know they had a solid cookie. Thanks for the reco - will def check it out.

                                                                                                                                1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                  Can you describe the Chocolaterie's cookie?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                    found an image here: http://bit.ly/1bjzpjz

                                                                                                                                    they have a crispy exterior, melty soft interior with a bit of crunch.

                                                                                                                                    - khao san road

                                                                                                                                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                      Looks like milk chocolate?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                        probably some. i actually prefer milk chocolate as i like the creamier texture. unfortunately, i am in the minority so most quality chocolate in not "milk". and in fact is it uses primarily in low end products. i have found a quality italian product that is 70% cocao milk chocolate but that quite rare.

                                                                                                                                        im not claiming this cookie uses a quality milk chocolate. but i am saying, IMO, it is an excellent cookie. especially for its texture.

                                                                                                                                        - khao san road

                                                                                                                                        1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                          I'm not keen on milk chocolate in my ccc. I also like big chunks--very hard to find this kind of thing.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                            If you can handle oatmeal - Manic's salted chocolate oatmeal has great dark chocolate chunks!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                              I'm not really fond of the trend towards salted this and that---salted chocolate? I am fine with oatmeal chocolate chip/chunk though.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                The salt is a finish on top so I suppose you could flick it off?! The cookie is not salty within and the chocolate used is delicious.

                                                                                                                                                They make great coffees too.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                  I don't get close to there for coffee very often but if I'm close, I'll buy a cookie and try to flick! Thanks

                                                                                                                                      2. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                        uhhh... tastes better than it looks?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                          admittedly a very bad pic. looks better in person, and def tastes better than that pic looks :P

                                                                                                                                          - khao san road

                                                                                                                                          1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                            Kitchen sink cookie sounds like a compost cookie ie/ could have lots of things including salty bits... I like salty bits ;)

                                                                                                                                2. Just tried the corn cookie from Momofuku Milk Bar and it was super tasty. Very different. And very good.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                    I'm a fan of those too.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                      i love the cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookie - delicious

                                                                                                                                    2. Kwass....if you find yourself in the Queen/Bathurst 'hood and open to taking a chance on finding a good cookie, you may want to check out Niche. They have about 8-10 different types and they are pretty unique. I know you don't care for nuts in your cookies so that will limit the selection, but there are some without. My office LOVED the peanut butter with peanut butter m&ms. just say'n...

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the heads up justsayn! I'm in the Queen/Bathurst area 2-3 days/week. I'll definitely check it out...hopefully on Monday.

                                                                                                                                        Does this place have a white sign with blue or black lettering? Because if it does, I think I've seen it before, but I didn't know it was a bakery.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                          Close...light blue with coffee brown writing. It's been there for a long time so I'm sure it's the one you're thinking of.

                                                                                                                                          It's a coffee shop with some breakfast and lunch items. As well they have a selection of sweet stuff. For whatever reason they concentrate on cookies. The molasses ginger cookie looked familiar to those found elsewhere but I have never seen the date/cashew, almond/blueberry/chocolate or the peanut butter with m&ms before. I tasted the macadamia and thought it was excellent. The chocolate chip cookies are the thin kind and looked very good too.

                                                                                                                                          Don't make a special trip, but worth checking out.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                            That's definitely the one. Thanks justsayn. I'm going to check it out next week.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              I went to Niche today justsayn, but they were closed. Guess I'll have to try again next week :)

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                Closed on Mondays? Were you too early. Seems strange. :-(

                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                  I thought it was strange too. I went around 2:00 and there was a sign on the door saying that they were closed.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                    Uh oh...

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                      You think?

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                        Let's go with staffing issues?

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                          Ok. Let's go with that :)

                                                                                                                                                          Truth is, you're probably right. I'm sure things will be back to normal tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            And were they?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                              I didn't go back, so I'm not sure.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                          Which of these do you like? I tried a bunch this weekend and they were hard as rocks. Maybe I should have asked what was freshly baked?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                            That sounds terrible. They were putting them all out freshly when I went which is what caught my attention initially. I was impressed by how many there were and how much business I assumed they must be doing.

                                                                                                                                            The big favourite at my office was the peanut butter with peanut butter m&ms. There was nothing hard about them. Good peanut butter cookie that I would actually prefer without the m&ms.

                                                                                                                                            We also had date/cashew, almond/blueberry/dark chocolate, white chocolate/macadamia. They were all fresh. I would only go back for the PB, macadamia and to try the chocolate chip. The others were good but more of a "healthy cookie" texture.

                                                                                                                                            After I chose those, I noticed the thin chocolate chip cookies but I had already chosen enough so I skipped them. They looked very good.

                                                                                                                                            Aside from being hard, did you enjoy any flavours at least?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                              The flavour was OK but I'd be surprised if they were fresh. I'm usually pretty careful about getting cookies but this time I was rushed and didn't have a chance to ask my usual questions (when were they baked?) and peer at them to assess.

                                                                                                                                              Doesn't help that I left them in a cold car for an hour or so before trying them. If I'm in the neighbourhood again, I'll give a closer look and try again. For most cookies, freshness is everything (exception maybe being shortbread.)

                                                                                                                                              It's always been my view that summer time=chocolate chip cookie season!

                                                                                                                                        3. My favourite cookie in Toronto: cheddar chipotle shortbread from Coach House. (Almond and sugared rose a close second.) Sigh…

                                                                                                                                          http://www.shortbread.ca

                                                                                                                                          1. A really good cookie is the pine nut cookie from Bar Buca!! Definitely worth a visit for that alone! And while you're there, make sure to get a cannoli. They're the best in the city IMO.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              Fantastic version of torta della nonna as well. Hard to choose between Sud Forno and theirs. Better value for this item seems to be at SF.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                I don't remember if I had the torts della nonna. Can you describe it?

                                                                                                                                                P.S I don't think Sud Forno has a thing on their menu that isn't yummy!!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                  It looks like a mini pie and inside is a custardy lemony filling but not strong lemon.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                    That sounds really yummy! I'm going to have to try that!

                                                                                                                                                    I'm going next weekend for pancakes and the bombolone, so I'll stock up on cookies as well :)

                                                                                                                                            2. Did you see this justsayn? BlogTo just compiled a "Best Cookies" list.

                                                                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

                                                                                                                                              I might just have to try Mabel's Peanut Butter Fudge:) The description alone sounds ridiculous!

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                Wow! I've got some work to do! Interesting selection. Rare to see a top ten where I know so few...and don't care much for the number one!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                  Really? You don't like the cookies from le Gourmand?

                                                                                                                                                  I haven't tried the whole list, but I should tell you not to waste your time on Red Bench. They're totally average and taste like something you'd get out of one of those cookie mixes that you buy @ the grocery store and add milk and eggs to it.

                                                                                                                                                  As for Sweet Flour Bakeshop, they sell them @ Pusateri's and they're off the hook! Definitely a cookie you should try!!

                                                                                                                                                  I've had Bakerbots, but only in an ice cream sandwich, so I didn't really judge the cookie.

                                                                                                                                                  What's left to try, for me, are Mabel's (which I'll do very soon), Cherry Bomb, and Andrea's, which I've been dying to try anyway (for more than just the cookies).

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                    Yea never got excited about LG. Found them to be too sugary/sweet. Cherry Bomb has lots of good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks! I will check out SFB for sure. What kind?

                                                                                                                                                    Have you tried moo milk?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                      Have you only tried the chocolate chip @ Le Gourmand? Because the peanut butter and the oatmeal aren't overly sweet @ all and they're the bomb!! If you haven't tried either of those, I highly recommend them...especially the peanut butter. The oatmeal is awesome, but it's like a meal, so if you're going to have one, make sure you're hungry :)

                                                                                                                                                      As for SFB, the peanut butter chocolate chip is the best!!

                                                                                                                                                      I haven't tried moo milk. It's been on my list forever, but I so rarely get out to the east end (VON doughnuts being the exception). But I'm going to make a concerted effort, because I'd really like to try Andrea's as well.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                        Flavour and quality wise Le Gourmand's choco chip are incredible. My problem with them is often they are burned and/or underbaked. This has been covered on other threads, it's nothing new. It's been a few years since I gave up on them, maybe things have changed?

                                                                                                                                                        When they come out well they were unstoppable.... those walnut chocochip, my god.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                          I do like the chocolate chip, but I'm partial to the pb and the oatmeal. If you haven't tried either of those magic, you must!!

                                                                                                                                                          IMO, best pb cookies in the city!!!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            I'm actually not a huge fan of PB cookies. I mean, they're ok, but I never buy them. But on your rec I will try :)

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                            I have to agree that Le Gourmand's baking quality is up and down. I find the chocolate chip ones the worst victim but their Nookie cookie is more forgiving and tends to be more consistent. It's not as mushy as the flourless one but it's a deep chocolate chewy flavour with a nice sugary crisp crust that does a bit of a shattering effect when you first bite. I've only had one bad Nookie one time but I think that's because it was a bit old (the crust was soft).

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nevy

                                                                                                                                                              Ok, will have to try.

                                                                                                                                                              It's about time I givem a return shot anyways. Thanks.....

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                            It's going to be a peanut butter filled weekend!!!

                                                                                                                                                            : P

                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                              Awesome!! Can't wait to hear back from both of you!!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                LG was out of pb. There were many cc and they looked good but I have such strong memories of sugary sweet chocolate I couldn't do it. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, (and I should have mentioned this) they're often out of pb. I'm not sure if they run out of them quickly or if they don't make them every day. I usually call before I go to see if they have any.

                                                                                                                                                                  But I'm going to tweet him and find out what's going on, because that's unacceptable as far as I'm concerned ;)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                    I just sent him a message justsayn. Let's see what he says.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                      Btw, sorry they didn't have any today...that totally sucks! We'll have to make sure they have some the next time you go in :)

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                        They have some nerve eh!!!
                                                                                                                                                                        : P

                                                                                                                                                                        It was disappointing especially because the cc always look soooooo good! I stood there for 5 minutes deciding what to do. lol I left empty handed. I will get them next time I'm sure!

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for sending them a piece of your mind! It's all good. Jimmy's ginger scone was so perfect.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                          I have to try that scone!!

                                                                                                                                                                          And yes, they certainly do have nerve ;) Funny though that you stood there for 5 minutes and decided against the cookie.

                                                                                                                                                                          I will report back as soon as le Gourmand gets back to me. I'm on the case :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                            Ya it was funny. The guy was just looking at me wondering if I would buy something else, go postal on him, or just start crying.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                              When you describe it that way, it's even funnier!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                              Grab some of those scones and if they are too dry for you, simply add crème fraiche or clotted cream!!! : O

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                Ooh...great idea! I'm definitely going to try them. I'm a sucker for a good scone :) Speaking of which, have you tried the blueberry scones from the Drake? They're my all-time favourite!!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                  Drake is my favourite over all too. In fact I have never really liked Circle and Squares variety but I try each new one that catches my eye. The lemon ginger is the first one I've liked so much. Of course I am not 100% its from C&S.

                                                                                                                                                                                  The Saint has a very good scone too - a bit more cake-like but still very good. Have you had it? It is served with crème fraiche and homemade preserves.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                    I still haven't made it to the Saint, even though it's been on my list forever! I've been dying to try their cinnamon buns, but now I'll make sure to try their scones as well. I'm hoping to get there one weekend in March.

                                                                                                                                                                                    P.S. I'm glad you share my love for the scones from the Drake. I think they're the best scones I've ever had!! I've been having them far too often lately :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      I was disappointed when Drake pulled back on their dessert selection. Everything was always so good. They came up with the coolest combos! They've had a few pastry chefs come and go over the years but David Chow was there for a long stretch. He was probably responsible for much of the good stuff! He is at Stock now.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Not sure if they still make them, but if you see their peanut butter chocolate chip cookies be sure to get one or two. They were always fantastic. If you are ok with peanut pieces in your cookie and a little bit of salt you are sure to enjoy them!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm probably going to be there on Monday, so I'll take a look and see if they're there :)

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                      Look @ the scones from Kitten and the Bear justsayn. I didn't know that they made scones. I'm not sure why, but I thought that they just made jam.

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/kkNTE5MLYh/

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/kX8z6xifiz/

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                        Worse than that...I've never even heard of the place!!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                          You haven't? It's right on Queen. 1574 Queen St. W.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            I know...weird I haven't seen nor heard of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW, grabbed some awesome thuet croissants at king and yonge this morning - tried the pb cookie for no reason other than that I can't control myself and I can assure you they look much better than they taste. Good thing the kwassants were so GREAT!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                              You always make me laugh justsayn!! Nothing better than a great kwassant!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                        Had a scone yesterday from a place on Yonge north of Lawrence called Ideal Coffee. It was lemon raspberry and it was outstanding!! I asked the guy where the scones were from and he didn't know, but said he would ask. I told him not to go to the trouble, but now I wish that he had :) Highly reccommend!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks I work just down the street and have not been in there but I will now. Love good scones.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: wylie1

                                                                                                                                                                                            You should definitely check it out!!

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                            Great combo!!! Great to know. Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                            Hey, you ventured north!!!! ; )

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                              I know!! Actually, I don't have a problem with north...it's east/west that I have a problem with :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                cute...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                  :))

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                              magic, have you been to Ideal Coffee? I'm asking because I know it's in your 'hood, and I think you've said that you like scones.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                I haven't, actually. Will have to put it on the list now :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For sure :)

                                                                                                                                                                2. You know what I just realized? BlogTo left Forno Cultura off the list. That seems almost criminal!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    And Harbord Bakery & Milk Bar.

                                                                                                                                                                    It's just opinion, it's all good. I guess you can't get everything. :)

                                                                                                                                                                  2. Recently tried Moo Milk Bar - the classic chocolate chip and the oatmeal coconut chocolate chip... Big fan. Not overly sweet with just the right crispy to chewy ratio. Yum!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Justsayn...Le Gourmand has pb cookies today. They just came out of the oven an hour ago :)

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                        Dough!

                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the heads up. I missed it. :-(

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                          Don't worry. I'll let you know the next time they announce that they have them :)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                            So, I finally heard back from Le Gourmand. He says that they have the pb cookies every day, and that they're made 1st thing every morning. He also said that if they don't, it's because they've sold out. I know that's not true, because I've been there 1st thing in the morning and @ different times during the morning and they haven't been there, but I wasn't going to start a twitter argument with him so I just accepted what he said. That said, he did say that if you know that you're coming in, you should call ahead and ask them to put one (or however many you're buying) aside to ensure that they'll be there when you go.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                              I think I will give it a shot this week for sure. Thanks for the update!! Guess they can't keep up to demand.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                I guess so. But, just give them a call before you go. I'd hate for you to go, and leave disappointed again.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe a Rose City / LG combo is in order.....

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                    Oooh...Now you're talking!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      I was just say'n

                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                          Walking by today so I tried my luck Kwass. It was about 3:30 and they were sold out with no more coming! They had a chocolate walnut version so I gave in thinking the walnut may cut some of the intense sweetness of their chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                                          It was still warm and pretty gooey. I can see why this cookie is so loved. It's an awesome cookie but even with the walnut, the chocolate was just too sweet for my taste. But don't worry, I ate the whole thing. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                            Of course you ate the whole thing :) How could you not?! That said, when something 's too sweet, you have to eat something salty afterwards, like chips or cashews. That's my little trick :)

                                                                                                                                                                            If you know that you'll be walking by, you should call them early in the day and ask them to put aside a cookie (or 2) for you. I really do hope that you get to try one soon :)

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                              Yes salt may help or even an espresso. But I really love dark chocolate and would prefer the cookie if they used that!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                And I'm a milk chocolate fan :)

                                                                                                                                                                                But yes, an espresso would definitely work!

                                                                                                                                                                                BTW, thanks for sticking up for me in the other thread :)

                                                                                                                                                                                ...magic too...thank you!

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                  :)

                                                                                                                                                                        3. Look @ this cookie from Sweet Escape justsayn...

                                                                                                                                                                          http://instagram.com/p/kw_S4aivLv/

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                            Yes that looks so good! Another must-try item!

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for sharing!!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. The chocolate raspberry cookie at the Chocolate Brunette Pastry Company is so good. The combination of chocolate shortbread, dense whip cream, fresh raspberry and chocolate topping is wonderful. (And the lady who runs the place is very nice.) Best to order ahead for her stuff since she runs out---most things seem pretty fresh. The shortbread with pecans and chocolate drizzle is also pretty tasty.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Has anyone tried the chocolate chip cookies @ Fika in Kensington Market? They look yummy!!

                                                                                                                                                                              http://instagram.com/p/lNupc3TXB9/

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah. They're pretty good. My fav is still Le Gourmand by a long shot, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                Their cardamom-spiced iced coffees are crazy good, though.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Starting April 1, Porchetta and Co. will be selling a new cookie called the "the crackie"...chocolate chip and crackling. Here are some pics:

                                                                                                                                                                                http://instagram.com/p/mLDjPWxeF-/

                                                                                                                                                                                http://instagram.com/p/mLB74FxeDE/

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Bobbette & Belle. Best cookies, best macaroons and best cupcakes. No contest. Real French confectionery that would not be out of place on Rue Cler in Paris. They also make the best Wedding Cakes in the city. Big fan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                                                                                                                                                    I've only had their cupcakes. I don't think I even remember seeing cookies. What kinds do they make?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      On the shelf on the western wall near the cupcakes. C-chip, oatmeal/raisin, etc. Very fresh and well-priced Had a six-pack of their raspberry macaroons a few hours ago...NOTHING in Toronto comes close.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoTuna

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm going to take a trip down there and give them a try :) Thanks TT!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        BTW, have you tried the choc chip?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                          Kwass, if you're near Eaton Centre you can also buy Bobette & Belle items at The Bay Marketwares area in the Lower Level near the chocolate displays.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sumashi

                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for letting me know about that sumashi. I had no idea they were sold there. That's much more convenient for me!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Hey justsayn. Le Gourmand has peanut butter cookies today. I just snagged one :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the heads up! I still need to try one. I had a peanut butter sandwich cookie at Mabels last weekend. The cookie was respectable and the peanut butter creme was very good but I wasn't sure it was "newsworthy"! I'm going to check out PV and see if they started making them there yet.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                        If you're into peanut butter cookies perhaps give the one at Milk Bar a try. I think it's delish. And I'm not even a big fan of peanut butter cookies.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks magic. Huge fan but I find most have too much icing sugar so it's hard to find a good one. I will check out milk bar for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Kwass, went to Portland Variety this morning. Nice place. Good selection of pastries and cookies and breakfast sandwich but no peanut butter cookies yet. They said maybe next week or so....

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                            No probs. No icing sugar on Milk Bar's peanut butter cookie btw.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                              I think I have a pb cookie from Milk Bar in my freezer. Looks like it might be time to defrost it :)

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks Magic. Maybe I'm wrong but I thought maybe icing sugar was an ingredient in the dough that can often make peanut butter cookies too sugary with a sort of chewy gritty texture but maybe it's just plain sugar or brown sugar. Either way I prefer PB cookies to be more peanuty than sweet, buttery, and moist. With or without peanut pieces.

                                                                                                                                                                                                I may get to milk bar tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                I went to PV yesterday too :) I was so disappointed though, because I got there @ 9:30 and they were closed. The paper was actually still on the windows. So I tweeted him and said "so much for your grand opening...it was neither grand nor open" :)
                                                                                                                                                                                                And he replied that they weren't opening until 11 yesterday :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                It all worked out though. That's when I ran over to LG and bought a PB cookie :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                So, what did they have justsayn? Were the pastries the same as what they sell at LG?

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't really know the selection at LG but PV has high butter croissants, plain and chocolate. Great looking danish, I think apple. chocolate chip cookies, plain and walnut and those chocolate meringue type cookies with the powder sugar on them. Some other items and a really nice looking egg and bacon on a croissant. As well, I noticed they have a small breakfast menu. Also there was fresh fruit cups and yogurt. Maybe granola?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sounds pretty similar, if not identical. If the apple danishes are the same as the ones they have at LG, you have to try one...they're yummy!

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                              I forgot to ask you if PV had them?

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. They're square and quite flat with the filling open in the middle.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yup. Those are them. They're awesome!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                Ok cool. I will try it out for sure. I like things like that as long as they are crispy and "light".

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                  They are fairly crispy, but there's a glaze on them, so they're not as crispy as say, a croissant. That said, they are quite light. Definitely worth a try!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Had an amazing apple tart at Bent the other night. Best dessert I've ever had there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow!! I love apple anything...so I might have to check Bent out...even if it's just for dessert.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. I tried a new place near Yonge and Lawrence called The Rolling Pin. They have cupcakes, donuts and a chocolate chip shortbread cookie that is simple but lovely. Apparently they have a chocolate chip cookie pie that is a close cousin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ediblethoughts

                                                                                                                                                                                                I've been following them on Instagram and Twitter. Their stuff looks amazing. I'm going to try and get there on the weekend if I can.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. nookie cookie, le gourmand