Boston-Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies Taste Better than Childhood

By Catherine Smart
02/22/2021
Sofra

There are few better foods to turn to for comfort than a fresh chocolate chip cookie. Whether your fond memories entail a maternal figure pulling a cookie sheet from the oven after school or wrestling the bag of Chips Ahoy! from a sibling in front of the TV, these treats have us all in our feelings. Here’s your guide to the most craveable chocolate chip cookies around Boston—finding the cold glass of milk is on you.

In her first cookbook, Joanne Chang is open about the fact that the original Nestlé Toll House recipe was the starting point for her TCHO Chocolate Chip Cookie—and we think the James Beard award-winning baker has seriously improved on the classic. Caramelized bits of milk chocolate amp up the flavor, and a bit of bread flour gives the cookie a nice chew. Before baking, Chang rests the dough in the fridge for a day to let the flavors meld. Oh, and of course she uses high-quality chocolate—sorry, but Nestlé doesn’t cut it at Flour Bakery.

Cafe Madeleine

Take a momentary trip to Paris at this sweet South End patisserie—(once it reopens March 1 after a short winter break)—but know the American-style Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie is a must-try. Crisp on the outside (from all that good butter) with a soft, chocolate-studded interior, these salad-plate sized treats deserve as much praise as the croissants and macarons from Cafe Madeleine.

We generally head to Sofra for Mediterranean-inspired sweets like orange blossom-scented Morning Buns or Chocolate Hazelnut Baklava, but the Chocolate Chunk Cookie doesn’t stray far from the classic version we grew up baking at home. Made with generous pieces of bittersweet TCHO chocolate, it’s soft-baked and chewy with rich chocolate layered into every bite. OK, it’s definitely better than anything we’ve ever made, but it hits that nostalgia button, hard.

Allium Market

Lacy edged and topped with flaky sea salt, Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies from Allium Market look large, but they don’t last long. Pick up a take-and-bake tray from the well-stocked specialty shop and cafe so you can enjoy warm cookies from the oven anytime.

La Saison Bakery

Before opening La Saison Bakery in Cambridge in late 2020, pastry chef and chocolatier Soheil Fathi built the brand in Tehran, where he introduced both American-style baking and high-end chocolates to the Iranian public. Along with beautiful boules of sourdough bread, buttery croissants, and fudgy brownies, Fathi has perfected a Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookie, which is loaded with morsels of 62% Belgian chocolate. Call ahead to check what small-batch baked goods are in stock at La Saison Bakery, which is currently open for takeout Wednesday through Sunday.

Packed with pools of melting bittersweet chocolate, Clear Flour bakery’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies are a sophisticated treat that has earned tons of acclaim over the years. Food & Wine called it “well-suited for dark-chocolate loving adults” in a 2017 list of America’s best cookies. Next time you’re picking up the night’s baguette or a pillowy pretzel roll, ask for a couple of these decadently sized sweets, too—just in case the kids want to share.

Mooo….

Just as the steaks at Beacon Hill steakhouse Mooo are generously portioned and expertly finished, dessert-menu signature Mooo Milk & Cookies is also a premium indulgence. Five—that’s right, five—tender and gooey chocolate chip cookies come per order, still warm from the oven and accompanied by creamy white chocolate and vanilla bean milkshake. It’s an elegantly whimsical nod to our childhood favorite.

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