Nothing satisfies a sweet tooth like a perfectly baked, fresh-from-the-oven cookie. Don’t get us wrong, we’re crazy about the gourmet donut trend and wouldn’t dare pass up a mini-cupcake (or two), but cookies are classic and just like fashion, classics never go out of style. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best local spots, known for serving a stellar cookie. Whether you and your kiddos are silly for shortbread or crazy for chocolate chips, here are six places to get your cookie fix.
Sugar and Scribe Bakery
Sugar and Scribe's popularity has soared over the past few years. One reason could be because owner, Chef Maeve, has reached celebrity status by winning Food Network's holiday baking championship, but even more likely is because the La Jolla specialty restaurant serves tasty treats that make customers nostalgic for the simplicity of made-from-scratch baked goods. More than just a bakery, the local hot spot serves breakfast and lunch daily and is known for its amazing selection of Irish goodies that you can'f find many places.
Sweet Tip: Need something special catered for a birthday party? Sugar and Scribe is the place to go. Their cookies will match your theme and delight your taste-buds. Just be sure to call in advance, gluten-free options require at least 72 hours notice.
7660 Fay Ave.
La Jolla, Ca
Looking for the ultimate cookie experience? Look no further than the The Cravory in Point Loma. Unlike other bakeries that offer signature cookies alongside other equally mouth-watering desserts, the good folks at The Cravory are cookie purists. Their single focus is to serve a soft cookie center with a perfectly baked surface so that even the most discerning cookie connoisseurs get gooey and crispy goodness all in one bite. Priding themselves on recipes that are both sweet and savory, the bakery is a favorite with kiddos that are reluctant to try something new since they can sample anything in the store before buying it.
Sweet Tip: The Cravory offers cookie subscriptions! You heard us right, monthly boxes delivered to your door of your favorite classic dessert.
3960 W. Point Loma Blvd.
San Diego, Ca
Uncle Biff’s Killer Cookies
Look no further than Uncle Biff’s Killer Cookies for soft, buttery, decadent treats, A San Diego tradition for more than 25 years, this “no frills” establishment offers fresh-baked, classic cookie flavors in Hillcrest and Pacific Beach. Try Uncle Biffs Signature Killer Cookie- a first place winner in every cookie and chocolate festival contest in which its been entered. This down home bakery reminds us why cookies have been making kids (and adults!) smile for generations.
Sweet Tip: The Hillcrest location also sells their raw cookie dough, so you can recreate the deliciousness yourself at home!
650 University Ave.
San Diego, Ca
Owned and operated by two siblings who grew up in Carlsbad, Prager Brothers is a craft bakery specializing in high quality organic bread. They believe in the artistry of bread making and that same careful dedication carries over to all the baked goods they offer, including their delicious cookie selection including breakfast cookies and jam cookies. A visit to this local bakery is like a visit back in time, so you and your cute cookie monsters can sit back, enjoy the amazing aroma of freshly baked offerings and ponder what cookie to try next.
Sweet Tip: The classic shortbread cookie and Bavarian style pretzel are favorites among the 8 and under set.
Carlsbad Gateway Center
5611 Palmer Way, Suite C
Con Pan Rustic Breads & Cafe
Reason #152 to visit Liberty Public Market — to indulge in the perfect cookie from Con Pan Rustic Breads & Cafe. Known equally for its inventive sandwiches and savory breads, this bakery is a favorite among locals because of its amazing cookie selection. Try a dark chocolate or chocolate chunks with walnuts cookie fresh out of the oven and feel free to fancy yourself a very smart cookie!
Sweet Tip: Parents, while your kiddos are dunking their favorite cookies in milk, treat yourself to a butterscotch latte for the ultimate indulgent treat.
2750 Dewey Rd
San Diego, Ca
Can't get out of the house but craving cookies? No problem! This family-owned catering business based in Mission Valley delivers cookies straight to your doorstep! The delivery-only bakery makes their cookies from scratch daily in delectable flavors from classic chocolate chip to mocha chunk. They also bake up 12" cookie cakes on which you can write a special birthday message or holiday greeting. The cookie cakes serve 12-14 people and come in combos like cookies and cream and orange white chocolate chip. Now that's cause for celebration.
Does your crew have a favorite local bakery that serves an amazing fresh-baked cookie? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
––Aimee Della Bitta