The 12 Best Cookies in Boston
In honor of National Cookie Day—and the treat-filled, holiday season—here are a dozen Boston-area cookies we are totally sweet on.
First and foremost, Massachusetts is an ice cream state. We can claim the likes of J.P. Licks, Emack & Bolio’s, Hood, Friendly’s, Brigham’s, and Baskin Robbins—not to mention smaller players like Toscanini’s and Christina’s. But with Jack Frost nipping at your nose, opting for a warmer treat may be the only thing standing between you and frozen phalanges.
Enter the cookie. Whether it’s a classic chocolate chip or an elegant French macaron, Boston has plenty of delicacies to choose from. Celebrate National Cookie Day with the top twelve cookies our city has to offer.
Almond Biscotti from Modern Pastry
Forget arguing about who has the best cannolis. Try deciding which North End pastry shop has the best biscotti. Modern Pastry’s almond biscotti is loaded with roasted almonds and, for an added bonus, you can get this classic dipped in chocolate.
$14 per pound, Modern Pastry, 247 Hanover St., Boston; modernpastry.com.
Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Canto 6
The sugary shell caves way to a chewy, gooey inside, and when Canto 6 says salted, they don’t mean any old iodized—they’re talking Maldon Salt flakes. “Our cookies are mixed two days before they are baked. We like to let the dough sit overnight to enrich the flavor,” says bakery owner Susanne Young.
$1.75, Canto 6, 3346 Washington St., Jamaica Plain; canto6bakeryjp.com.
The Cookie from Blue Dragon
Asian Gastropub Blue Dragon offers just one dessert, but it’s not hard to understand why. Baked in a deep-dish, cast iron skillet, the chocolate chip cookie is pulled hot from the oven then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and soy-sauce infused caramel sauce. Added bonus: you can now order this dessert to go.
$12, Blue Dragon, 324 A Street, Boston; ming.com.
Salted Caramel Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie from When Pigs Fly
While known for their loaves of artisan bread, When Pigs Fly still knows how to bake a smart—er, good—cookie. The signature salted caramel triple chocolate chip cookies features white, dark, and milk chocolate chips, caramel dessert topping, and a generous sprinkling of salt.
$2.50, When Pigs Fly Bakery, 1378A Beacon Street, Jamaica Plain; sendbread.com.
Pistachio Macaroons from Bova’s Bakery
Pale green and dusted in a sweet coat of confectioner’s sugar, Bova’s pistachio macaroons are a simple classic that pay homage to an under-appreciated nut. Bakers tend to favor the almond, hazelnut, or pecan—not so at Bova’s. And unlike other Italian bakeries, Bova is open all day, every day.
$25 per pound, Bova’s Bakery, 134 Salem St., Boston; bovabakeryboston.com.
Alice’s Macarons from Formaggio Kitchen
Veteran baker Alice Southcott has never been to France, but you wouldn’t guess from the flavor and structure of her delicate macarons. Featured at Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, these dainty cookies come in three simple flavors that Alice has been perfecting for the past seven years: raspberry, chocolate, and pistachio.
$2.25, Formaggio Kitchen, 67 Smith Place Unit 13A, Cambridge; formaggiokitchen.com.
Half Moon Cookies from Lyndell’s Bakery
The half moon cookies at Lyndell’s Bakery are cakey mounds with a generous sugar coating, resembling their New York cousins, the black and white cookie. However, where the New York variety uses royal icing, Lyndell’s treats its cookies like cupcake tops and ices them with real chocolate and vanilla buttercream frosting.
$2, Lyndell’s Bakery, 720 Broadway, Somerville; lyndells.com.
Chocolate Chunk Cookies from Clear Flour Bread
According to Food + Wine, Clear Flour Bread makes one of the best chocolate chip cookies in America, not just the Hub. This cookie trades saccharine milk chocolate for generous hunks of Scharffen Berger bittersweet chocolate. How do they keep this mega cookie from flattening into a pancake? The bakers freeze the dough before baking, ensuring the center is always thick, chewy, and moist.
$3.50, Clear Flour Bread, 178 Thorndike St., Brookline; clearflourbread.com.
Homemade Oreos from Flour Bakery
Milk’s favorite cookie shouldn’t come in a box. It should come from the hot ovens of Flour Bakery. These chocolate sandwich cookies switch out fillings constantly, with flavors like matcha green tea and dark chocolate replacing the traditional vanilla cream.
$1.95, Flour Bakery, 131 Clarendon St., Boston, and other locations; flourbakery.com.
Giant Nutter Butter Cookie from Sweet Cheeks Q
Sweet Cheeks’ giant nutter butter cookie eclipses the dinner plate it’s served on, and it takes at least two hands to hold the sweet sandwich together. It’s a softer version than the crunchy store-bought kind, with peanut butter mousse, salt crystals, and two peanut cookie ends. George Washington Carver would be proud.
$8, Sweet Cheeks Q, 1281 Boylston St., Boston, sweetcheeksq.com.
Earthquake Cookies from Sofra Bakery
If you go to Sofra Bakery, don’t make yourself choose just one treat—but if you must, select wisely. Of all the Middle Eastern confections offered at Sofra, the chocolate Earthquake Cookie stands apart with its icy, cracked sugar outside and dark cocoa fudge inside.
$1.50, Sofra Bakery, 1 Belmont St., Cambridge, sofrabakery.com
Freshly Baked Cookie Platter from Top of the Hub
Nine warm cookies, ranging from chocolate chip to M&M, are served on a platter with berries and chantilly cream—and a gorgeous Boston skyline view.
$15, Top of the Hub, 800 Boylston St., Boston; topofthehub.net.