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Best cookies in Toronto

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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.

        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 !!

            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!

                      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: 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: 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. : )

                                      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 :)

                                          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!

                                        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!