The Local Nine
We’ve decided: Boston is America’s cookie capital. In honor of Medford native Fannie Farmer’s birthday on March 23, we present the best confections invented here or named for local towns.
9 The Nantucket Pepperidge Farm harpooned a winner with these dark chocolate chunkers.
8 The Boston Cracker In 1801 Milton baker Josiah Bent heard a batch of burnt biscuits crackling and, lo, invented the cracker.
7 The Cape Cod Oatmeal Farmer’s The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book has some of the oldest recipes for oatmeal-raisin nut cookies. (Just add molasses!)
6 The Mastic with pistachio Sofra Bakery pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick’s modern stunner sandwiches pistachio cream between spiced cookies.
5 The Boston A butter cookie with nuts and dried fruit, it’s a Farmer staple.
4 The Beacon Hill This 50-year-old recipe for chocolate meringue cookies has a surprising secret ingredient (vinegar).
3 The Joe Frogger As lore goes, these molasses spice jobs were named for frogs near a 19th-century Marblehead couple’s home.
2 The Fig Newton Step aside, Sir Isaac; Cambridge’s Kennedy Biscuit Works named this classic after nearby Newton.
1 The Toll House When the chopped chocolate she dropped into her cookie dough at Whitman’s Toll House Inn didn’t melt, Ruth Wakefield made history.