From classic chocolate chip to French toast and black raspberry, these four Queen City bakeries are sure to satisfy any melt-in-your-mouth cookie cravings.
Donna’s Gourmet Cookies
Donna Phelps’s “classic cookies”—including flavors like Reese’s Pieces chocolate chip, s’mores, and snickerdoodle—are chunky, soft, and all-around delicious. But her Friday- and Saturday-only “Ooey Gooey” varieties are the real stars. The extra thick cookies are baked so just the exterior is crisp, leaving a doughy, melted center that oozes with each bite. Bonus: They’re always served fresh and warm.
10796 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, (513) 489-9600, facebook.com/donnasgourmetcookies
Jenny’s Homemade Cookies
Peek past the tidy display case, often manned by Jenny Chasteen herself, and behold the kitchen ovens where magic happens. Besides excellent versions of oatmeal raisin (with and without icing) and chocolate chip, you’ll find special offerings like French Toast and lemon cranberry. Keep an eye out for $1 off “day-old” cookies.
6143 Bridgetown Rd., Bridgetown, (513) 941-1186, jennyshomemadecookies.com
French macarons only have a few main ingredients, but it still takes a skilled baker to master the delicate, airy cookies. Thank goodness for Macaron Bar, where you’ll find a bright, colorful lineup of traditional French flavors like rose and champagne, as well as birthday cake, salted caramel, and black raspberry chocolate. You can even book a class and learn the art of macaron-making.
Over-the-Rhine, Hyde Park, macaron-bar.com
The Cookie Shop
What started as a west side cake business has evolved into a Ft. Thomas–based cookie bakery, run by mother and daughter Sue Rother and Katie Brumley. The decorated sugar cookies, in classic holiday collections and special custom shapes, are the real stars.