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.


photo by Kelly Aiglon

What cookie shop has your dreaming for their baked goods in your sleep? Share them in the Comments below! 

— Christal Yuen