Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 10:02pm.
Growing up with a mom who loved to feed her children the healthiest foods and spent little time giving me and my brother sugary snacks like Gushers or Capri Suns, nothing was more magical than the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies wafting into my room. Upon smelling that mouthwatering smell, I would run downstairs and wait for my mom to open the oven doors where twelve, perfect, gooey cookies waited to be devoured by me and my brother. However, while I am no longer seven years old, I still love cookies. In fact, I am about to become a senior, and thank goodness, because now I have the freedom to do whatever I want, including exploring Dallas, and everything it has to offer. One of my goals going into senior year was to find the best cookie in Dallas, and with the help of my followers on Instagram, I narrowed down the best type of cookie, and the best place to buy cookies, to three places.
The results for first and second place were predictable. Chocolate chip cookies came in first place, snickerdoodle ranked second, and, surprisingly, oatmeal raisin came in third place. Where my followers liked to buy their cookies from surprised me even more than the fact that a lot of people like oatmeal raisin cookies-- most people like homemade cookies the best. Coming in second place for best cookie spots was Tiff’s Treats, and third place was The Cookie Shop in Deep Ellum. With this newfound data, the quest to find the best cookie in Dallas begins.
The top three cookie choices will be reviewed from each of the top three stores, or my house for the homemade cookies, that you suggested. The cookies will then be taste tested and reviewed before rating the store, or my baking abilities, out of five stars. The cookies' taste will be primarily reviewed, but some aspects of the store will influence the overall rating such as freshness or little parking near the store.
The Cookie Shop opened earlier this year with one goal: to make you want to "eat the f***ing cookie". It is their motto, after all. Owner McKenzie Mitchell came up with this down to earth motto while working. “We have a good time doing our job... nobody’s pissed when you hand them a cookie,” she said to the Dallas Observer. Nobody could be angry when they are given one of The Cookie Shop’s cookies--they are as big as your head, buttery, crisp, a little salty on the outside, and like cookie dough on the inside. They offer seven cookies, three of which were reviewed, that are baked fresh throughout the day, so you know you are always biting into a cookie that is fresh from the oven. Each cookie has a unique name, such as their "Charlie Brown" cookie, which gets its name from the peanut M&Ms inside. There is also the "HP Mom", also known as the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie, that gets its name from how much the ingredients cost. The three cookies reviewed were the snickerdoodle, called the Sis & Bub, the chocolate chip cookie, called the Betsy Ross because of the cookie's reputation of being an "all American cookie", and the oatmeal raisin cookie, that is lovingly known as the Grandma. The names are cute and creative, but how good are these big, buttery cookies?
Your tastebuds will explode with joy after eating these cookies. The snickerdoodle cookie was caramelized around the edges and lightly browned on top, giving the cookie a nice crunch that contrasts nicely with the moist, buttery cookie interior. The chocolate chip cookie was packed with chocolate-- no edge of that cookie was left untouched by chocolate. It was very sweet because of all the chocolate, but the caramelization and saltiness of the cookie's edges helped to balance it out. The oatmeal cookie was not as heavy as other oatmeal cookies--it was actually very light with a cake-like crumb. There was a light browning on the cookie that gave the cookie some bite, and the raisins were evenly distributed throughout the cookie so it did not taste like a raisin cookie. Each cookie balanced the savoriness of its caramelized crust with its sweet, moist interior. Overall, these cookies were delicious and an amazing start to the journey to find the best cookie in Dallas.
Tiff's Treats pioneered the delivery of warm cookies to your doorstep, where you can even order a pint of ice cream or chocolate milk to be enjoyed with your straight-from-the-oven-warm cookies. The Austin-based company began in 1999 and has expanded to several cities, including Dallas. Dallasites treasure Tiff's Treats. "It [is] relatively cheap for delivery, always hot, always good, [has a] good selection [of cookies], and also they have chocolate milk and ice cream," says Bo Miltenberger. "I like Tiff's Treats because the cookies taste homemade. They are tasteful without the hassle of baking cookies by yourself," says Meagan McWilliams. "They are always so warm and chewy," says Ellie Rodriguez. Dallasites really love their Tiff's Treats! What sets Tiff's Treats apart from the other cookie places is their offering of ice cream sammies, brownies, and their signature TiffBlitz frozen dessert, which mixes ice cream, brownies, and cookies together into something truly delicious. They also offer high-quality ingredients for the low price of one dollar and twenty-five cents per cookie.
These cookies are made for people who love a thin, chewy cookie. The chocolate chip cookie's crust was thin and crunchy, almost like a Tate's cookie. The inside was soft and had a moderate dispersion of chocolate throughout the cookie, and it was not too overwhelming. It was a tasty, traditional chocolate chip cookie. The snickerdoodle cookie had a sweet crust and a buttery, sugary interior. The cinnamon flavor became a little lost with all the sugar in the cookie and the sugar on top of the cookie, but the chewiness made up for the lack of cinnamon flavor. The oatmeal cookie had a nice bite, and tasted like a sugar cookie with raisins and oatmeal strewn within. The only critique of the oatmeal cookie is that the raisins were all centralized to one part of the cookie, but that is most likely due to the large amount of cookies Tiff's Treats churns out daily, where there is little time to make sure every cookie is one hundred percent perfect.
Homemade cookies are reminiscent of hot, Texas summer days where after spending the afternoon in the pool, you come inside to smell freshly baked chocolate chip cookies waiting for you. Perhaps you even enjoyed your plate of cookies with a tall, refreshing glass of milk while watching television. These cookies are already mouthwatering because these cookies are made with love. "Homemade cookies are the best," says Michaela Coulter, "because they come from the heart." Another feature that people love about homemade cookies is that you can pick the ingredients and come up with new flavor combinations. "I love homemade cookies because it feels rewarding to eat something I personally made," says Sarabeth DeBord. "I also like experimenting with different ingredients and coming up with new combinations," she says. For the homemade cookies, online recipes were used. For the chocolate chip cookies, Nestle's Tollhouse recipe was used; for the snickerdoodle cookies, Williams Sonoma's recipe was used; and for the oatmeal raisin cookies, Ina Garten's recipe was used.
The smell of these cookies has reached every corner of my house. The oatmeal raisin cookies were warm, full of oaty goodness, and the raisins were evenly distributed throughout the cookies. The chocolate chip cookies were gooey and practically melted in my hands from the extra chocolate chips that were added. The interior was soft and chewy with a bite. Finally, the snickerdoodle cookie: buttery, cinnamon-y, and sugary. All the pure ingredients that went into the snickerdoodle cookie culminated in a rich, soft cookie that filled the kitchen with a cinnamon smell. These cookies were hands-down delicious.