Sometimes, a crunchy, lab-crafted, cookie from a box isn’t going to cut it. In times like these, you need a fresh-baked cookie with that perfect balance of chew and crispiness to satiate your sweet tooth. You don’t need a good excuse to stop for a quick cookie at one of these local Tucson bakeries or restaurants. Just make sure to go early – sometimes the more popular options tend to sell out.
The chocolate chip cookies with pecans from Sahuarita often sell out by dinnertime at Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria. If you get there a little later, you’ll still love their peanut butter or oatmeal raisin cookies. Though you might be stuffed from their pizza and wings, grab a cookie, anyway. You know – for later.
The simple sweets at this comfortably modern bakery will leave you wanting more. Sugar Sweet Bakery keeps their cookie lineup simple, though they do offer limited availability specials such as Chocolate Mint Chip.
All those calories you saved by eating a salad make this Chocolate Chunk Cookie from Choice Greens oh-so-totally worth it. This large, high calorie, ooey-gooey cookie has chocolate in various shapes and sizes.
The standard cookies at Beyond Bread are their most popular, so get a tower of them. Death By Chocolate is beyond chocolatey — it’s nutty, too. Great for sharing. Or not.
When you’re not drooling over the pork belly or duck confit at Prep & Pastry, add another delightfully sinful bite to your meal with one of their daily cookies. Of course, if it’s breakfast time, don’t miss out on their doughssants.
The self-titled Le Buzz cookie at Le Buzz Caffe is good enough to make you stop whatever else you’re doing and maintain silence until complete. If you’re not into chocolate and nuts, their photogenic display of cookies makes your alternate of choices a snap.
The classic chocolate chip cookies at Renee’s Organic Oven are everything nice, no spice. They’re modestly wrapped in plastic and ready for you to pick up by the register, but they’ll hit that magical sweet spot and transport you to a state of reverie.
The chocolate chip cookies with pecans and oats will make your dreams come true at Cartel Coffee Lab. You’ll daydream about the pillow of carbs even though you’re on a caffeine buzz.
Grand cakes are the specialty at Nadines Bakery, but their selection of cookies is astounding too. You can get the classic chocolate chip or venture further for a Chinese almond cookie. Their massive cookie platters are an easy but effective way to get in less trouble when arriving late to work.
Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...