I love love love a good cookie--which, to my taste, is big, fresh, soft and gooey (the exception being shortbread), be it w/ or w/o nuts, chips, sprinkles etc.
But I almost never buy them b/c they're almost always a depressing waste of precious guilty-pleasure calories. Only cake by the slice surpasses a cookie in its ratio of good looks:blah flavor. Even Maria's only does so-so soft cookies (though the Italian varieties are pretty good).
Which bakeries in town have truly mastered the lowly cookie?