That’s how the cookie crumbles

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That’s how the cookie crumbles

Grace Klebe, entertainment writer

If you have a sweet tooth, you know what it’s like to order a cookie and be disappointed. TKC set out on a mission to find the best cookie in St. Louis. We were tired of your average bland, hard cookie and we knew there were better options out there. After lots of research, we compiled a list of six bakeries all over the St. Louis area to test out. The rules were simple: order the best cookie from each place and judge it on a set criteria. Every cookie was tasted, criticized, praised, and enjoyed. They were examined for taste, appearance, price, chocolate to cookie ratio, and more. After six cookies, a tank of gas, and a serious stomach ache later, we declared our winner.

Dough Co. STL
Dough Co. recently opened at West County mall, and has already won fans from all over. They sell raw cookie dough scooped like ice cream along with baked goods. We were unimpressed by their baked cookies, they were cold and flat and didn’t have the perfect soft inside and crispy edges combination we were seeking. Although the cookies themselves were bland, the variety of raw dough was mouth-watering. We ordered a s’mores cookie and a sugar cookie, as well as a scoop of their classic chocolate chip cookie dough. The cookie dough tasted exactly like the kind you sneak from the bowl when your mom isn’t looking: sweet, chocolatey and perfect. Dough Co. uses pasteurized eggs, making the dough safe to eat. While this does result in delicious cookie dough, the cookies themselves did not satisfy our sweet tooth.

Size: 10/10
Price: $2, 8/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 4/10
Store atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Flavor: 6/10
Packaging: 7/10
Appearance: 8/10
Location: West County mall food court, 6/10
Overall taste: 6/10
Total: 71/100


Nathaniel Reid bakery
Nathaniel Reid is also a relatively new gourmet bakery owned by acclaimed chef Nathaniel Reid. He attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and was recognized in 2012 as one of the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine. We ordered their chocolate chip and pecan cookie, and while we were initially thrown off by the use of pecans, the delicious dark chocolate chips won us over. The cookie was huge, and you could really tell they only use the best ingredients. It tasted gourmet, the butter and sugar flavors very prominent. This cookie would definitely be higher on our list if it weren’t for the pecans.

Size: 10/10
Price: $3, 6/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 9/10
Store atmosphere: 9/10
Service: 8/10
Flavor: 7/10
Packaging: 7/10
Appearance: 7/10
Location: Manchester road, 8/10
Overall taste: 7/10
Total: 78/100

Companion Bakery
Companion Bakery is a St. Louis cafe that has been around since 1993. They specialize in breads and baked goods, but they have lots of breakfast and lunch options as well. We visited the Ladue location and ordered their chocolate chip cookie. It was your average cookie, but Companion has perfectly mastered the crispy outside and chewy inside. They also offer other cookies, such as gingersnap, sugar, and peanut butter.

Size: 10/10
Price: $1.50, 10/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 6/10
Store atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Flavor: 8/10
Packaging: 7/10
Appearance: 9/10
Location: Ladue, on Clayton Road, 8/10
Overall taste: 8/10
Total: 82/100


Hot Box Cookies
Hot Box Cookies is a bakery that specializes in serving delicious cookies 14 hours a day right in the heart of Clayton. They offer a variety of cookies, as well as ice cream and icing sandwiches. Hot Box also delivers fresh cookies right to your doorstep, although unfortunately not to most Kirkwood locations. We ordered a chocolate chip cookie and a peanut butter chocolate cookie, and we were impressed. The cookies were handed to us warm, gooey and delicious. The smell was overwhelming and the cookies themselves were incredible. Our only complaint was the service. The one person behind the counter was not as cheerful as someone baking cookies all day should be. If we had that job, we would never stop smiling.

Size: 7/10
Price: $1.35, 10/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 10/10
Store atmosphere: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Flavor: 10/10
Packaging: 8/10
Appearance: 7/10
Location: 9 N Central Ave, Clayton MO 9/10
Overall taste: 9/10
Total: 85/100

Winslows Home
When researching where we should go to get the best cookies, Winslow’s Home was at the top of every list. Winslow’s Home is located near the Loop and has been around since 2008, serving everything from homemade macaroons to pan-roasted salmon. We ordered a regular chocolate chip cookie, which was picture-perfect. The cookie was very large and had the best flavor of all the cookies. It was buttery, sugary, and delicious. The one thing we would change is the temperature it was served, cookies are always better warm. While Winslow’s Home is a bit of a drive from Kirkwood, we definitely recommend checking out this place for a delicious meal and a cookie.
Size: 10/10
Price: $2.50, 7/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 8/10
Store atmosphere: 10/10
Service: 7/10
Flavor: 10/10
Packaging: 8/10
Appearance: 9/10
Location: Loop, 9/10
Overall taste: 9/10
Total: 87/100

Insomnia Cookies
The second we walked into Insomnia Cookies, we were overwhelmed by the incredible smell coming from the back. Insomnia Cookies has been around since 2003, and their location in the Loop is one of seven in Missouri. They have a large variety of cookies, from classic chocolate chip to s’mores and snickerdoodle. They also do cookie-ice cream and cookie-icing sandwiches, and they are open every day until 3 a.m. They deliver, but unfortunately not to most Kirkwood locations. The store itself is very small, but it’s perfect for a cookie bakery. We got all three of the “deluxe” cookie options, a triple chocolate chunk, s’mores and peanut butter cup. They were served hot, and they were incredible. No joke. The chocolate was perfectly melty and perfect, and the marshmallow in the s’mores was perfectly gooey. After trying all of the cookies, we came to the unanimous decision that Insomnia had the best cookie, and we definitely recommend that you try this place out.

Size: 10/10
Price: $3, 7/10
Chocolate to cookie ratio: 10/10
Store atmosphere: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Flavor: 10/10
Packaging: 10/10
Appearance: 10/10
Location: Delmar Loop, 10/10
Overall taste: 10/10
Total: 96/100

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