“If sad, eat cookie. If still sad, talk to doctor. Sounds serious.”Cookie Monster
The Foodie team is full of self-professed cookie monsters. There is not much that excites us more than the smell, taste and texture of a perfectly baked, gooey cookie. Luckily, there are some very talented cookie bakers in Hong Kong to satisfy our every cookie desire.
After hours of tasting, debating and analysing, here is our list of the best cookies in Hong Kong, ranked in order of cookie greatness:
10. Marks & Spencer
Photo credit: @tetadventurer
A solid and consistent favourite amongst cookie lovers, you can’t go wrong with Marks & Spencer. While their packaged cookies are good, their fresh bakery cookies are fantastic. These cookies are super gooey and also on the sweeter side. They’re substantially sized, so if you have more self-control than us, you can eat one in stages.
Go-to cookie: classic chocolate chip
Multiple branches around Hong Kong; click here for locations
9. Maison Kayser
Absolutely loaded with nuts and chocolate chunks, Maison Kayser offers its signature chocolate cookies in milk, dark and white varieties. Eric Kayser cookies are aesthetically pleasing, crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle. Thanks to the nuts and the option of dark chocolate, these cookies aren’t too sickly sweet. Wash them down with a cup of tea or coffee and get them at a slight discount!
Price: $25 (or $20 as part of a set)
Go-to cookie: dark chocolate
Multiple branches around Hong Kong; click here for locations
8. Beef & Liberty
Not a cookie to eat on the go, this dessert from Beef & Liberty is the perfect post-meal treat to keep your belly and heart warm. Picture a skillet cookie so fresh that the chocolate melts as you dip your spoon into its molten centre. Topped with plenty of warm, sweet cream, this is one of those indulgent desserts that will linger in your mind long after you’ve finished eating it.
Price: $69 (+$20 to add vanilla ice cream)
Branches in Central, Sheung Wan, Stanley and Wong Chuk Hang; click here for locations
This laid-back Aussie-style café has a special place in our heart and was awarded the title of Foodie Forks 2019 Editors’ Choice Best Café and 2020 Readers’ Choice! One of the many reasons that Fineprint became our fave café is thanks to its delectable cookies. Unfortunately, these chunky cookies don’t come cheap, but we love their sea salt chocolate chip cookies with a fiery passion. The addition of sea salt means they’re not too sweet, but they do remain perfectly satisfying.
Go-to cookie: sea salt chocolate chip
38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 5503 6880
14 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, 9440 4889
1 Lily Street, Tai Hang, 5331 5205
Bakehouse is a go-to spot for all our baked good needs. Aside from their fabulous croissants and sourdough egg tarts, what keeps us coming back are their rich and chocolatey cookies, with chocolate that oozes out and a texture that mimics the gooiest brownie you’ve ever had. They also have an oatmeal option for those strange humans who dislike chocolate.
Go-to cookie: double chocolate chip (obviously)
5 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central
14 Tai Wong Street East, Wanchai
Another cookie dessert phenomenon, FINI’S New York-style skillet cookie is – like everything on the menu – massive, delicious and a bit of a guilty pleasure. Incredibly thick, filled with molten chocolate and topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, this is a luxurious treat best shared with friends. While it’s certainly not a cookie we can justify eating all the time, we do wish we could do just that.
4. Dough Eyes
Independent bakery Dough Eyes makes dairy-free cookies that are positively to die for. Loaded with thick chunks of gooey chocolate, these cookies have just the right amount of sweetness and and an irresistible chewy texture. The small bakery also creates made-to-order vegan cakes, ensuring that those with dietary requirements can get their sweet fix too.
Price: sold in boxes of 5 ($160), 10 ($300) or 15 ($420)
Go-to cookie: so far we’ve only tried the delicious chocolate chip, but other flavours can be made on request
Available only for delivery – DM on Instagram to order
3. Cookie Vission
Coming in comfortably at number 3 with some of the coolest and most unique flavours is Cookie Vission. These wacky cookies are nothing short of indulgent, offering fun flavours like Portuguese egg tart, matcha macadamia white chocolate chip and blue cheese as well as seasonal creations like the golden oolong tea Chinese New Year special. You can order these thick, gooey and delightfully over-the-top cookies online or find them at Mamma Always Said in SoHo.
Price: from $40
Go-to cookie: hazelnut Nutella, Portuguese egg tart or whatever crazy special is on offer!
Mamma Always Said, 42 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, 2386 2216, book online
2. Baked Indulgence
Baked Indulgence first came onto our radar when they wowed us with their special Chinese New Year creations. These innovative takes on classic Hong Kong flavours and amazing likenesses to their influences (without a hint of artificial flavouring) were enough to shoot these cookies straight to one of the top spots on our list. Previously only online but now boasting several pretty pink pop-ups, we’ve been able to try an array of new flavours such as cookies and cream and red velvet Nutella. Their classic chocolate chip cookie uses dark chocolate, making it a slightly less sweet option for those with a more savoury palate.
Price: from $45
Go-to cookie: milk tea
Shop LA2, 1/F, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central (until 23 February 2021)
Knockbox Coffee Company, 50B Stanley Street, Central, 2781 1255
Orange Dish pop-up, Shop G03, G/F, Leighton Centre, 77 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
1. Cookie DPT
If you’ve been involved in the HK cookie scene over the past few years, the name Cookie DPT is sure to fill you with pure joy. It’s safe to say we are absolutely obsessed with their insanely decadent cookies, which have diehard cookie fans queuing round the block. We love their seasonal and exclusive creations, such as the pineapple bun and s’mores marshmallow, just as much as we love their classics. While these cookies are on the pricier side, keep in mind that they are about the size of a human hand and as thick as a short novel – they’re meals in themselves! Cookie DPT makes (even more) giant bespoke cookie cakes, which we highly recommend for a special occasion.
Go-to cookie: peanut butter and classic chocolate chip
BaseHall, Shop 9A, 9B & 9C, LG/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 3643 0865
2/F, Lee Garden One, 33 Hysan Avenue, Causeway Bay
3/F, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, 3–27 Canton Road, TST
Special mention: Cookie Smiles
Agnes Chin, the director of bakery Complete Deelite, co-founded Cookie Smiles with Jo Soo-Tang in 2020 to fund-raise for charities and provide training opportunities for the disadvantaged in Hong Kong.
We recently smashed a pack of butter snaps with lemon drizzle ($65), which go so well with a cup of tea. If you prefer to eat cookies for charity (and who wouldn’t?), you can buy in bulk on the Cookie Smiles website or pick up a pack of butter snaps at a Feather & Bone location around town.
Or you can always make your own! We love our BraveTart cookbook for the cookies but also the Red (wine) Velvet Cake.
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