Ten Favorite Metro Phoenix Cookie Shops
Shannon Armour LGO's giant salted chocolate chip cookie
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For the last few years, the mighty cupcake has dominated the dessert world but we haven't forgotten about our old friend, the cookie. We love 'em in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors but these nine Valley bakeries (and one restaurant) are churning our some of our favorites. Read on to see who made our list.
La Grande Orange -- This Arcadia hot spot may be best known for their awesome sandwiches and crave-worthy pizzas but we have a pretty good feeling that their cookies are going to become as legendary as the rest of their eats. These monster-sized cookies are as big as your face (almost), weigh a little more than half a pound, and are packed with big chocolate chips and coarse sea salt or big peanut butter flavor. Plan on splitting one of these beasts with a large group or people or just munch on it slowly for a day or two. Just don't try and eat the whole thing in one sitting; you'll regret it -- trust us, we've tried.
Barb's Bakery -- The folks at Barb's bake up everything from exquisite wedding cakes to mini cheesecakes, sparkling cupcakes, and flaky danish but one of our favorite treats from this central Phoenix bakery is a colorful iced sugar cookie. The just-sweet-enough vanilla cookies are cut into various shapes to match the season and then iced with bright pinks, reds, and yellows. (And they'll take custom orders -- over the years we've asked for everything from Elmo to an entire alphabet.) We may stop for a dozen donuts in the morning or a six pack of party cupcakes on the way home, but we have never,ever left Barb's without one of these treats for ourselves.
Churn -- Postino's cousin Churn on Camelback and Central bakes up several kinds of insanely soft cookies including tangy molasses, oatmeal, double chocolate chocolate chip, and (our not-so-secret favorite) snickerdoodle for their adorable little ice cream and candy shop. Eat the super soft and chewy cookies alone or sandwich them together with a scoop of Churn's out-of-this-world good ice cream. We love every combination but we can never resist a scoop of creamy vanilla between two cinnamon-y snickerdoodles.
Beaver Choice -- The Valley's only Swedish restaurant (Ikea doesn't count) not only serves up our favorite meatballs, poach salmon, and schnitzels but they also have a stash of our favorite extra light and crispy Scandinavian sandwich cookies simply called Havrekniplekaker, or Beaver Cookies for short. The lacey oat cookies are baked extra thin and then sandwiched together with a light shmear of creamy vanilla icing. And, just like the restaurant, you won't find anything quite like it anywhere else in town.