It’s a good time to be a cookie lover in the Twin Cities! Many places are getting crazy, cult-like and fascinating, outside-the-box cookies. These are not mom’s chocolate chips or your basic snickerdoodle (as good as they are!). So Dara went off the beaten path to discover the best cookies in the Twin Cities. Here’s her top 5!
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
It’s a macaroon. By name only. Well, some people call them “crackeroons” at the Salty Tart. Why you may ask? Because they are flat-out addicting. Now that’s a good cookie. A little coconut, egg white, sugar and that’s it. They’re light, they’re sweet, they’re toasty and you cannot stop eating them. Michelle Gayer-Nicholson has been nominated for James Beard Awards for a reason. Cookies and the “Crackeroons” have a LOT to say about that!
3220 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55416
You cannot talk about cookies in Minnesota without mentioning the Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookie from Rustica. It’s so dark, it’s almost black. It has that great “bitter” flavor that dark chocolate lovers enjoy. Dara also loves their Ginger Cookies. You can find them at Rustica and also further down Lake Street at Parka.
612 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
All of their cookies are great and, of course, their bars! Their Maple Nut Bars are crunch on top, and sweet and delicious down below. On Selby and Dale in St. Paul, Bars Bakery makes some really great stuff for the cookie aficionado.
Black Walnut Bakery
Sarah Botcher honed her baking chops at the marvelous Patisserie 46 in south Minneapolis before going on to Muddy Waters and Butcher and the Boar. Now she does her own thing at Farmer’s Markets with Black Walnut Bakery. Dara loves her little espresso flavored vanilla shortbread cookies. Buttery, light and dense, they come wrapped up and are perfect for a gift!
Anyone remember Whoopie Pies? Well Petite Sweets makes a mean one. They’re a farmer’s market only bakery. Whoopie Pies are the two, little cakes shaped like a dome held together by a filling in the middle. There are the plain with a creamy filling, carrot cake, key lime and more. They’re very difficult to make well and Petite Sweets does it right!