So we all seem to obsess over cupcakes and macarons, but it just hit me that we don't give a lot of love for the unassuming, humble, chocolate chip cookie.
I don't often buy chocolate chip cookies when I'm out, partly because I made a pretty mean cookie at home, and mostly because I'm usually disappointed when I do. The cookies are either not made with butter (a hang-able offense in my book), or they are too dry, too crunchy or too soft and the chocolate is of mediocre quality.
My vote for the best chocolate chip cookie in Toronto is from Hammersmith's, a little diner/restaurant at the corner of Gerrard and Logan. While they are not primarily a bakery, one of the owners is a seriously talented baker. Her scones are fantastic and I always need to get one with my brunch when I'm there. But her chocolate chip cookies are easily my favourite in the city -- they are big and flat and a just a bit chewy, with a nice crispy edge. The cookie dough is deliciously buttery and it's loaded with quality chocolate bits, and topped with melted chocolate disks. They are $2/each, but are quite large -- easily the size of 2 cookies I would make at home.
Here's a photo I posted of a cookie from Hammersmith's from another post:
I'll give a shout out to the chocolate chip cookies at Flaky Tart as a close second for me.
I realize that what people like in chocolate chip cookies is probably unique to each person, but where is your favourite chocolate chip cookie in the city?