The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies of Milwaukee and Beyond

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies of Milwaukee and Beyond

Editor’s Note: I originally created this post back in 2019. Since I’m always thinking about cookies, I thought it was time to revisit it. Interestingly enough – I still stand by all this with one giant oversight. I know I’m biased, but the cookies Sarah S. bakes for our meal delivery customers here in Milwaukee is at least top 3 if not THE TOP cookie in town. Bonus – ours is delivered straight to your door. Give it a whirl next time you order prepared meals and let us know if you agree.

Milwaukee Area Bakery Cookies

In case you ever want a cookie but don’t want the dirty dishes, you’d be pleased to know Milwaukee has no shortage of yummy chocolate chip cookies. I’m still mourning the loss of the Friday cookies from Treat Bake shop (Sarah, please come back!), but these are also great!

Best of the Internet

Nestle Toll House Cookie

Guys, we need to start by addressing the elephant in the room. Nestle pretty much cracked the code with this chocolate chip cookie recipe. I mean, it’s so easy you can do it with kids. You can make bars instead of cookies. You can stick it in the freezer and eat the dough* when you’re feeling sad/happy/PMSy/bored. It’s kinda perfection.

* Of course, I’m not supposed to condone eating raw cookie dough, but…I’m a hypocrite. Do as I say, not as I do. 😉

Americans Test Kitchen Cookie

Then again, if America’s Test Kitchen tells you they have the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe, you’ve got to give it a shot. I love this one for the richness of the brown butter. I go a step further into making these grown-up cookies by using a mix of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chips. You’re welcome.

Martha’s Skillet Cookie

Sometimes you want to bake a gigantic cookie and put ice cream on top and eat it all in one sitting. Sometimes you do this for a birthday party. Sometimes as the end of a cozy soup night with the fam. Other times it was a long day at work, your mom keeps nagging you to call your grandma, and the car needs $1000 of work. Martha’s got your back no matter what the reason.

Healthy-ish Cookies from  My Old Blog

I’m not one for dieting, but when I do give it the old college try, I still can’t kick my cookie habit. These cookies which I first made during my short stint on Weight Watchers check the chocolatey and sweet boxes but aren’t nearly as sparsely nutritious as any of the above. Win, win! 

Best of the Books

Pioneer Woman’s Dinnertime Cookbook

Ree Drummond is someone you love or hate, but I promise everyone will love these cookies (and pretty much everything else from this Dinnertime cookbook! It’s a good one for everything from freezer stocking to dinner club.) This recipe once again uses brown butter, but also ups the ante with a smidge of instant coffee. The online recipe doesn’t suggest it, but in the cookbook, she has you freeze the dough. This time in the cold helps the flavors marry a little more and well…yum.

Stop and Smell the Rosemary Cookbook

Y’all, I’m a firm believer that the Junior League and church group fundraiser cookbooks always have the best recipes. This one from the Junior League of Houston is chock full of delicious treats. The cookie I’d recommend in here is the A+ Cookie. It’s technically more of a monster cookie since you also add M&Ms, nuts, or potato chips (yeh, really), but its close enough I had to include it.

P.S. Get the book for the cookies, stay for the pie selection, particularly the toffee pecan. That’s my Thanksgiving go to!

Happiness Is Baking Cookbook

This book by Maida Heatter has a billion and one dessert recipes from the easiest drop cookie to the fanciest three layer cake. It includes FIVE chocolate chip cookie recipes, including one entitled “Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies”. We had to try that, right? This one uses more chocolate chips than normal and has a special trick with the baking soda. (Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with 1 tsp of hot water and add to dough before the flour and salt.) These were fluffier than others and held up well after a week or so. I will say recipes in this book are more intensive than my usual cookbooks, so great for an afternoon lost in the kitchen. Not so good for Mommy and Me baking sessions.

Eat Delicious Cookbook

I know I’ve already told you guys my love of the Eat Delicious cookbook by Dennis Prescott, but we need to bring it back up again to talk about his “My Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.” These cookies used mini-chips which for some reason kind of blew my mind. It only makes a dozen cookies, so it’s perfect for when you just want a little treat and not temptation sitting around for days.

So that’s what I’ve got so far, but the year is only half over. What other cookies must we try?? Would love to hear about your favorites!