4 Chocolate Chip Cookie Experiences at Metro Phoenix Bakeries

Categories: Sugar Rush

Rachel Miller
Chocolate chip cookies from 4 local bakeries.
The chocolate chip cookie is no fad. This beloved American treat is a go-to sweet treat, and cookies in the pastry case always sell.

Chocolate chip cookies come in so many different shapes, sizes, thickness, sweetness levels, shades of browning, and textures. They are their own chemistry experiment, for as you play with amount of butter (or other fats -- which each can change a great deal in the cookie's structure), amount and type of sugar, different types of flours, nuts, the temperatures of the dough when placed in the oven, the oven temperature, and even adjusting the baking soda in the recipe can create differences in the spread and the crumb of your cookie.

Baking times and temperatures make a huge difference, and every pastry chef has a laundry list of tricks to get the best version of the chocolate chip cookie. The variables and combination possibilities in chocolate chip cookie recipes are limitless, meaning that we all have a lot of different cookies to taste-test.

See also: Baking with Butter: A Series on Local Pastry

Rachel Miller
Chef Rachel Miller's take on the chocolate chip cookie, includes a lot of pecans.
It was very surprising that only four of the six bakeries I stopped by for a chocolate chip cookie had them on the shelf. The two bakeries I went to that didn't have them, told me that I could order chocolate chip, but they don't have them available daily. I don't pick up chocolate chip cookies in a bakery for pleasure, because I like my own variation. However, I do like to taste other chefs chocolate chip cookies, because everyone has their own version, and I want to taste their take on a classic.

Rachel Miller
Chocolate chip cookie from Karl's Quality Bakery.

Karl's Quality Bakery- There are many eye-catching pastry options in the case at Karl's, that you may almost miss the tray of mixed variety cookies sitting near the cash register. These small cookies run you under a dollar, and with a deep brown exterior, they are best for the crunchy cookie lover, with little chew and goo in the interior of the cookie.

Rachel Miller
Chocolate chip cookie from Tammie Coe's Cakes on Central Avenue.

Tammie Coe Cakes - Tammie Coe's chocolate chip cookie is the best of both worlds, offering some crunch around the exterior perimeter of the mammoth cookie, and soft chewiness on the interior. It's a little pricier than the others, but definitely worth the splurge.

Location Info

Karl's Quality Bakery

111 E Dunlap Ave, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tammie Coe Cakes on Central

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Cookies and Bakeshop

4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Karsh's Bakery - CLOSED

5555 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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