Keefer Court Food, Inc.
2737 Minnehaha Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Not all fortune cookies are the same, at least not at KC Fortune Cookie Factory. KC is the acronym for Keefer Court, where the factory has churned out fortune cookies since 1983. A major wholesale fortune cookie supplier in the upper Midwest, KC crunches out made-to-order traditional and custom cookies from time-honored and new family recipes. The slightly sweet vanilla cookie, which restaurants usually serve, is light and crisp. The latest treat is the chocolate dipped fortune cookie, rich enough to stimulate one’s inner chocoholic. Those who are creatively inspired can order a do-it-yourself fortune cookie kit to inscribe their own fortunes. Or, they can gather a few creative ideas from the Confucius Message Database. Recorded text messages from your own phone might be another source for personalized fortune cookie inscriptions. Who knows how many fortunes can tie into a single cookie.
Swedish Crown Bakery
530 W. Main St.
Anoka, MN 55303
This Scandinavian bakery is often the center of local media attention. But many Minnesotans have yet to stop by for a café and cookie moment. The jewel of the bakery is the Lavender Dream. Fragrant, smooth and buttery, this shortbread cookie is light and moderately sweet. For spice and crunch, the Suzy Q is a cookie inspiration from the Creedence Clearwater Revival rockabilly hit song of the same name. Swedish Crown Bakery enjoys sharing recipes with the community. Its café menu is international.
3220 West Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Some of the most delicious cookie confections are in this European-style bakery and café, known for breads, pastries and desserts. The most popular cookie is the bittersweet and darkly rich chocolate chip. But other cookies have garnered equally favorable reviews. The rustic chocolate chip cookie, buttery and made from semi-sweet chocolate chips, is a runner-up to its bittersweet counterpart. The ginger cookie, with a light gingery snap and chewy softness, is a departure from the standard version, which is often bitter and brittle. Brutti, which means ugly, is an Italian meringue cookie beautifully made with bittersweet chocolate and toasted hazelnuts. Every week, Rustica Bakery has yo-yo or alternating cookie specials. The beautiful Brutti is probably a yo-yo meringue.
Angel Food Bakery & Coffee Bar
86 S. 9th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Everything is made from scratch and in small batches at this bakery and coffee bar. Customers can grab a stool, enjoy a coffee and pastry and watch the baking staff in action. Angel Bakery has a selective assortment of cookies — ginger, lemon thyme, peanut butter, and double chocolate sea salt. All are made from the bakery’s own fresh ingredient recipes. The cookie assortment changes every day. But the forever popular chocolate chip cookies, at $12.00 per dozen, are always around. Pastries with gluten free and vegan ingredients might be an option for those with allergies, but confirm with the bakery first.
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Salty Tart Bakery
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Toasty, chewy, dense and tender, the coconut macaroon invites clamors for its recipe. But equally tempting are the whole wheat peanut butter, chocolate meringue, chocolate chip and triple ginger cookies. All have deep individual flavors. Salty Tart Bakery features two types of chocolate chip cookies — one is traditional and the other oatmeal and cherry. The bakery enjoys sharing recipes with the public, but safeguards its recipe for the signature macaroon.
4552 Grand Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
Any cookie on the Patisserie 46 menu is delicious with warm or cold milk. But a good espresso or a regular cup of Joe is even better. A European pastry shop and café, Patisserie 46 serves up French classics in American variations. The bakery has five versions of the chocolate chip cookie. The chocolate chip truffle and the chunky peanut butter chocolate chip are favorites. A gluten free option is the flourless pecan fudge cookie. Rounding out a continental selection are oatmeal raisin, ginger molasses and peanut butter cookies. The assortment changes frequently but the classic chocolate chip has a frequent omnipresence.
Related: Best Of Minnesota: Bakery
Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.