January is made for health, wellness and resolutions; February brings a debauchery of candies, baked goods and all-things sweet. And to celebrate this month-long Bacchanalia of sugar, I indulged my sweet tooth (more accurately, my sweet teeth) to discover the most creative, delicious Atlanta cookies. Soft and chewy, tart and crunchy or just clever and massive were some of my criteria for spotlighting the best of Atlanta cookies. These are just a few wonderful Atlanta cookies that would make even the pickiest, carb-loving blue monsters say, “Om, nom, nom, nom!”
It’s time to grab a cold glass of milk and
dunk dig in.
Most Sinful: Evil Cookie from Muss & Turner’s
1675 Cumberland Pkwy. SE, Smyrna, GA 30080 • (770) 434-1114
Hours: Lunch — Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner — Sunday through Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Brunch — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1205 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 • (678) 809-4040
Hours: Lunch — Tuesday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner — Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Brunch — Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Not only is the chocolate chip cookie from Muss & Turner’s evil, it’s Evil. The Evil Cookie weighs in at a quarter of a pound and is bursting with local Georgia pecans and dark and milk chocolate chunks (there are also versions with oatmeal raisin, white chocolate and cranberry, and dark chocolate ginger). Don’t believe me that this ooey, gooey creation is the best? Last year, this Muss & Turner’s devilish baked good was named the best chocolate chip cookie in the state of Georgia by Tripping.com and by Atlanta-Journal Constitution readers. Muss & Turner’s has an amazing lunch and dinner menu (don’t get me started on the sumptuous French fries) so make sure you save room for dessert, specifically this hellishly good cookie. This chocolate chip cookie is a necessary evil — it’s just your diet that doesn’t have a hope in hell of surviving.
Most Deconstructed: Snickerdoodle from Batter Cookie Dough
675 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta GA 30308 (inside Ponce City Market food hall) • (404) 538-2691
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
Everyone knows the second best part about eating cookies is licking the bowl (though our moms never allowed it because of the raw eggs). Enter Batter Cookie Dough! This new food stall at Ponce City Market offers the delish taste and texture of cookie dough with a few important edits — namely no eggs and heat-treated flour. Served like a scoop of ice cream with your choice of toppings, Batter offers delish flavors like that cinnamon-y favorite snickerdoodle, oatmeal, s’mores, brownie batter, salted caramel, peanut butter, chocolate chip and sugar (the last two of which are also available in gluten-free).
Best Use: Cookie Milkshake from Coughman’s Creamery
1956 Duluth Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30043 • (770) 545-8844
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.
Coughman’s Creamery is a bit of a trek from metro Atlanta, but trust us that the drive — and the impending calories — are worth it. This Lawrenceville shop has delicious ice cream offerings in heavenly flavors like cotton candy, cheesecake and butter pecan, as well as sweet inventions like the ice cream panini (featuring a glazed doughnut with ice cream in the middle, all heated on the panini press) and mammoth sundae options. But it is their freshly baked cookies — and what they do with these cookies — that really impresses customers. First off, Coughman’s scratch-made cookies can be enjoyed as part of a mini cookie milkshake; utilized as a replacement for standard waffle cones with cookie bowls that deliciously hold creamy scoops and toppings; or used as part of the ultimate ice cream sandwich, with two pillowy cookies holding together ice cream, then the whole thing dipped in chocolate and toppings of your choice. Ice cream and cookies is a dessert match made in diet-free heaven!
Best Atlanta Staple: Any cookie from Karma Daisy (formerly The Cookie Studio)
30 Pharr Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 • (404) 373-8527
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Okay, take a deep breath. Before everyone starts freaking out that beloved Cookie Studio is gone and the sky is falling, let’s start out that the space’s new owners are absorbing The Cookie Studio as the artisan bakery in the new restaurant, Karma Daisy — same cookies but with the addition of bowls, wraps, sandwiches, smoothies and more. Phew! So now that we’re calm, we can’t have an Atlanta cookie roundup and not include one of our city’s most tried and true. It’s hard to pick a favorite (obviously I love classic chocolate chip), but Atlantans swear by the oatmeal raisin, butterscotch oatmeal and peanut butter as well. The cool thing about this bakery is their attention to detail when it comes to custom orders and logo cookies — chances are if you’ve worked in this town long enough or attended many social events, you’ve probably seen/eaten/received one of their signature custom creations.
Most Uplifting: Ginger snaps from Susansnaps
229 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 • (404) 497-9210
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Right off the bat, know how delicious Susansnaps‘ ginger snap cookies are — bursting with dark molasses, tangy ginger and spices, and topped with crunchy sugar crystals. In fact, the majority of business comes from across the country, and their ginger snaps (called Susansnaps), as well as four other varieties and limited holiday flavors, have attracted a national fan base. But it’s the story behind the cookie that makes these treats so darn special. Susansnaps began after owner Laura Stachler watched her husband and daughter undergo chemotherapy within the same year. Since ginger is a natural stomach soother, Laura created this recipe to help her family cope during the battles of their lives. Eventually, her daughter Susan recovered and helped launch a cookie business with her mom. (Susansnaps was named for Laura’s sister, also named Susan, who passed away from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 28, the same kind of cancer that her future niece and namesake was eventually diagnosed with.) In fact, while I visited the Sandy Springs location for this story, a customer came in and bought a tin of Susansnaps cookies to give to a friend currently undergoing chemo. A great cookie with an even greater origin.
Most Satisfying: Warm Cookies from Tiff’s Treats
Whether you live OTP, ITP or WMC (Want More Cookies), Tiff’s Treats entered the Atlanta market with a bang. The reason we chose “most satisfying” for these cookies isn’t actually due to the flavor — although they are freakishly delicious and come in all sorts of classic cookie flavors, including holiday options like Valentine’s Day red velvet cookie truffles. These sweet cookies are satisfying because they’re delivered straight to your office or home. Oh, and did I mentioned they’re delivered warm?! Having a box of delish chocolate chip or peanut butter or mega amazing peanut butter chocolate chip come right to your door in a warm box, just waiting for a big glass of cold milk for their eventual drowning, is at the top of anyone’s dessert list.
Best Showoff: Take Your Pick from Henri’s Bakery
Upper Westside: 2310 Coronet Way, Atlanta, GA 30318 • (404) 968-9412
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Buckhead: 56 East Andrews Drive, Atlanta, GA 30305 • (404) 237-0202
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sandy Springs: 6289 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30328 • (404) 256-7934
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Atlantans love Henri’s Bakery, and with all that love comes not one but three locations, each serving the best baked goods in the city. This Atlanta institution is known for deli sandwiches (specifically that pimento cheese) and all things pastries. And though I wish I had time to talk about their cakes, eclairs, cream puffs … where was I? Sorry, got distracted — I came for the cookies. Besides traditional options like their famous shortbread cookies and black & white cookies, there are also fantastic takes on elephant ears (a puffy treat sprinkled with cinnamon sugar), rugalach (a traditional Jewish pastry featuring flaky dough rolled with various fillings) and dainty macarons.
There are so many other delicious Atlanta cookie spots we wanted to include but just ran out of space. We love Ali’s Cookies, The Little Tart Bakeshop, Alon’s Bakery and Market, Highland Bakery, Insomnia Cookies and more when looking to satisfy our inner Cookie Monster.
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