Cookies can be a magical treat; they are a simple little dessert that you can hold right in your hand. They can be made to be healthy where you are benefiting from eating them by using natural nutrient rich ingredients. And of course, they can also just be decadent. You can get them for your holiday parties or just for daily snacking. Cookies come in all shapes and sizes and can meet different needs whether you wish to snack on them or just enjoy one large cookie. Here are the top five places to buy cookies in Philly.

Love Park statue cookies from Whipped Bakeshop; Photo courtesy of Christina Dagnelli

Whipped Bakeshop
636 Belgrade St.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 598-5449

Whipped Bakeshop in Fishtown truly whips up some of the prettiest desserts you will lay eyes on in the Philly area.  You can order personalized beautifully decorated cookie trays. The cookies here are almost too pretty to eat with their crystalized sugar and color combinations. They have even made cookies in the likeness of the statue in LOVE Park, perfect for weddings or other special occasions. This shop also makes beautiful custom cakes, cupcakes and more.

Beilers Bakery
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Beilers’ Bakery in the Reading Terminal has some of the most favorite bakery items, according to patrons. Here, you can get soft and tender cookies as well as fresh made pies, donuts and maybe the best Whoopie Pie you have ever had. Beilers makes different flavors of cookies, so the selection may change. This Pennsylvania Dutch bakery is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8 a.m. and accepts payment by cash or credit.

Chocolate chip cookies from Famous Fourth St. Cookies; Photo courtesy of Christina Dagnelli

Famous Fourth St Cookies
Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 625-9870

Famous Fourth St cookies are so famous, you need to time your visit to receive them. The bakery in the Reading Terminal Market bakes cookies after opening, and they typically sell out before closing, so it’s best to visit between 10-2 to see what a delicious, perfect sized, classic homemade cookie is all about. They make great flavor combinations; some options include chocolate pecan and butter almond. Numerous patrons rave about the basic chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut and oatmeal, just like grandma used to make.

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Sweet Freedom Bakery
1424 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 545-1899

So many people are not been able to enjoy the deliciousness of a fantastic cookie that they didn’t make themselves because of allergies. At Sweet Freedom Bakery however, you can find your favorite cookies or even ones you never knew could be your favorite, because everything here is for you. Sweet Freedom is Philly’s only exclusively gluten free, vegan and allergy free specialty bake shop. Sweet Freedom uses only pure ingredients including natural unrefined sugars, agave nectar, gluten free and corn free flours. Since they are all vegan, no eggs or dairy are used. Besides cookies, they also offer some cupcakes, pastries and breads.

Grindcore House
1515 South 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Grindcore House is an eclectic coffee house and one of the more interesting places to visit in the city. Here, they combine the love of Heavy Metal music with the vegan lifestyle. They also produce locally sourced food and bake 100% vegan goods on the premise. Here, you can also find some fun and delicious vegan cookies with some excellent coffee. Besides cookies, they also make cookie sandwiches. The citrus glazed shortbread cookies are a fan favorite. Beware, the music here can be very loud after 10 am, but that is part of their charm.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here