How the cookies crumble
We're looking at the new bakeries in town through the lens of their chocolate chip cookie. Because at the end of the day, what else is there? Cupcakes?
1. Bakin’ and Eggs
(3120 N Lincoln Ave, 773-525-7005) So maybe it can’t compete with the big boys in terms of circumference. Doesn’t matter. These things have intriguing notes of honey that make the dough not just sweet, but complex.
2. Cookie Bar
(Opening later this month at 2475 N Lincoln Ave; available now at DMK Burger Bar, 2954 N Sheffield Ave) Crisp on the perimeter, softer in the middle and finished with glistening kernels of sea salt, this is a cookie worth basing a business around.
3. Sweet Miss Giving’s
(Chicago French Market, 131 N Clinton St) More chocolate chunk than chocolate chip (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing), this cookie is thick and almost raw around the middle (again, not necessarily bad).
(2246 W North Ave, 773-384-7655) A bit inconsistent—one day they’re thin and buttery, the next they’re a bit cakier—but these guys consistently have two things going for them: They’re about the size of a toddler’s head, and they never skimp on the salt.
5. Delightful Pastries
(1710 N Wells St, 312-255-0724; Chicago French Market, 131 N Clinton St) These aren’t just chocolate-chip cookies but malted chocolate-chip cookies. Unfortunately, we’re now convinced that malt should be reserved for shakes.