Philly is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth after a full day of work, school or shopping. The City of Brotherly Love certainly has no shortage of dessert-rich bakeries brimming with fruit bars, peanut butter cookies and every adaptation of chocolate chip confection imaginable. So hold onto your hat Cookie Monster — these top cookies made in Philadelphia will have your big googly eyes rolling to the back of your head.
The Famous 4th Street Cookie Co.
Reading Terminal Market
51 N. 12th St. #47
Philadelphia, PA 19107
This Philadelphia fixture isn’t called famous for nothing. Cookie fans know that this is the go-to place for ultra-buttery, melt-in-your-mouth mounds of heaven. Put a huge smile on your face with the bakery’s special chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies. Moist, chewy dough made with the finest vanilla is packed with big, dark chocolate chips. After baking, these sweet treats are dipped in decadent chocolate for an out-of-this-world taste sensation. You can even go to the company’s website for online ordering, too.
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51 N. 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
You ain’t tried nothing until you’ve tasted Flying Monkey’s Monster cookie. You’ll find all sorts of beautiful sweet treats here, but the Monster is the motherload of all cookies. First off, it’s flourless. After chowing down on this peanut butter and oatmeal delectable stuffed with M&Ms, butterscotch and chocolate chunks, you won’t have to eat for the rest of the day.
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108 S. 16th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
In 2003, University of Pennsylvania college student Seth Berkowitz was in his dorm room when he came up with the idea of adding to the freshman 15 by creating a late-night bakery that delivers. Since then, the company has grown exponentially. All you have to do is type in the website, pick your cookies and voila! The sweet confections are delivered right to your door. The S’mores flavor is Insomnia’s most popular large-size cookie. Baked with chocolate cookie dough and filled with an abundance of marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, this massive cookie is a modern twist on the campfire classic.
262 S. 19th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Metropolitan is primarily known as an artisanal bread bakery, but owners Wendy Born and James Barrett also know how to make a mean chocolate chip cookie. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the sour cherry, sea salt and dark chocolate concoction “one of the all-time-great chocolate-chip cookie adaptations.” Dough made with rolled oats is packed with sundried cherries, dark chocolate chips, fine vanilla extract and sea salt. Order up a batch online.
Varallo Brothers Bakery
1639 S. 10th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Healthy and cookie are not usually used in the same sentence, but the Varallo Brothers Bakery makes a fig bar that breaks the norm. The brothers, Italian bakers who apprenticed in Montella Avellino, Italy, opened up their own pasticceria here in Philly more than two decades ago. Fresh ingredients are used to create a fig bar with a rich flavored filling. Unlike store-bought fig cookies, Varallo crusts are baked to a lightly crisp texture and are sprinkled with powdered sugar to create a perfectly delicious fruity treat.
Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.