Snickerdoodle Smackdown in CenPho: Churn vs. Urban Cookies

Heather Hoch
Cookie vs. cookie-- who will claim sweet victory?
When cookie cravings hit hard, more often than not we wish for a snickerdoodle. Chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin are good, but there's something irresistible about the cinnamon-y simplicity of a well-made snickerdoodle.

Having eaten probably a million of these tasty baked treats, we do have high standards. We're looking for a crunchy outer rim, chewy middle, and a generous cinnamon-sugar coating on top. Two bakeries in Central Phoenix, Churn and Urban Cookies, bake up delicious snickerdoodles, but whose cookie won't crumble under the pressure of this week's Battle of the Dishes?

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Heather Hoch
In This Corner: Churn

The Setup: Known for artisan ice cream, Churn, on Central Avenue just north of Camelback Road, is a must-stop joint during hot summer days. However, its baked goods are as craveable as the ice cream. If you haven't tried the lemon or s'mores bars, you haven't lived. But the cute blue-and-red sweets shop better bring its cookie A-game.

The Good: We called Churn one afternoon to make sure it had a snickerdoodle before we dropped by. It didn't, so we had to a day. The cookie's consistency passed our chewy-to-crunchy ratio specifications with flying colors. We also dug how much cinnamon coated the top of the cookie, and we liked the sugariness, which was more like a glaze than a dusting.

The Bad: This cookie was positively delicious. We have nothing bad to say about it, other than we wish it was stocked every day.

Location Info


5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Cookies and Bakeshop

4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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