Get ready for sweet dreams: We chewed our way from coast to coast in search of the best cookie bakeries. These gems made our list for their magical ability to make everything from gluten-free treats to chocolate chip concoctions to baked creations you never imagined. Friendly warning: When you’re done flipping through this album, you’ll be thirsting for a tall glass of milk.

Chicago, Il — The Cookie Bar

At the small but bustling shop, The Cookie Bar, nibblers don’t have to ask for a special GF menu because everything is gluten free. It's all prepared fresh daily and made from all-natural ingredients (their GMO-free chocolate is from Belgium!). Menu items include old-fashioned favorites like peanut butter cookies and cinnamon sugar donuts, along with inventive newbies like chili-mango macadamia cookies. Read more about their offerings in our story here.

Online: cookiebaronline.com

photo by Kelly Aiglon

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— Christal Yuen