9 Must Try Fresh-Baked Cookies

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.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria

2707 E Broadway Blvd

Peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip cookies from Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria

Peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and chocolate chip cookies from Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson

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.

 

Sugar Sweet Bakery

18 S Eastbourne Ave

Oatmeal blueberry cookies from Sugar Sweet Bakery

Oatmeal blueberry cookies from Sugar Sweet Bakery in Tucson

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.

 

Choice Greens

2829 E Speedway Blvd • 4205  N Campbell Ave

Chocolate chunk cookie from Choice Greens

Chocolate chunk cookie from Choice Greens on Speedway in Tucson

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.

 

Beyond Bread

421 W Ina Rd • 3026 N Campbell Ave • 6260 E Speedway Blvd

Death by Chocolate, gingersnap, and chocolate chip cookies from Beyond Bread

Death by Chocolate, Gingersnap, and Chocolate Chip cookies from Beyond Bread in Tucson

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.

 

Prep & Pastry

3073 N Campbell Ave

Double Chocolate Cookie at Prep & Pastry

Double Chocolate Cookie at Prep & Pastry

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.

 

Le Buzz Caffe

9121 E Tanque Verde Rd #125

Le Buzz cookie from Le Buzz Caffe in Tucson

Le Buzz cookie from Le Buzz Caffe in Tucson

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.

 

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E Tanque Verde Rd

Chocolate chip cookie from Renee's Organic Oven in Tucson

Chocolate Chip cookie from Renee’s Organic Oven in Tucson

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.

 

Cartel Coffee Lab

2516 N Campbell Ave • 210 E Broadway Blvd

Chocolate chip cookie and cappuccino from Cartel Coffee Lab on Broadway in Tucson

Chocolate chip cookie and cappuccino from Cartel Coffee Lab on Broadway in Tucson

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.

 

Nadines Bakery

4553 E Broadway Blvd

Soft sprinkle cookies at Nadines Bakery in Tucson

Soft sprinkle cookies at Nadines Bakery in Tucson

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 is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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