It’s hard to beat a homemade cookie—fresh out of the oven, these warm, chocolatey treats are like a tiny taste of heaven. But even after months in lockdown, we’re yet to perfect our baking skills—we just can’t quite nail the chewy cookie consistency we all know and love. So for now, we’ve decided to throw in the towel, and leave it to the experts to satisfy our sweet tooth.
Thankfully, Brisbane is bursting with all kinds of weird and wonderful cookie concoctions. Chewy, crunchy, nutty, gooey, sprinkled with salt and covered in Caramilk—if you can dream it, you can eat it. We’ve rounded up the best cookies in Brisbane, so you can quench those cookie cravings no matter when they strike. Just FYI, it’s BYO milk.
Indooroopilly And Online
Forget boozy bars, we're far more interested in Batch Cookies' cookie bars. With a new permanent store in Indooroopilly and regular pop-ups all around town, these guys take your everyday baking ingredients and whip them up into a delicious blend of indulgent chocolate cookies. You can’t go wrong with their OG recipe—a blend of milk and dark chocolate and Belgian chocolate, baked to perfection—but they also have new out-ot-the-box flavours every week, from TimTam to Milo. And yes, there are vegan and gluten-free goodies too—their vegan ube velvet crackle cookie is a regular. Can't get to their store or pop-ups? Hit them up online and get your chosen treats delivered.
Butter Meets Sugar
Newly arrived on the east side is the gorgeous Butter Meets Sugar. With interiors by Enixr Built, this cookie bar is as pleasant on the eyes as it is on the tastebuds. They trade in cakes, cupcakes and slices galore, but it's their chunky New York-style cookies that we've got eyes for, which come in flavours like birthday cake, Jaffa, Biscoff, Mars Bar, s'mores and so many more.
Flour & Chocolate
Morningside And Northgate
The secret to the world’s most delicious chocolate chip cookie? If you’re a Flour & Chocolate fan (who isn’t?), it’s as simple as a sprinkling of nuts, a dash of salt, and a whole lotta chocolate. Think pistachio and macadamia nuts mixed in amongst chunks of melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate. De-LISH. They tend to rotate through flavours, so swing by their store to see what’s up for grabs this week.
Peach Cafe's Nutella lava cookies are legendary in certain circles (our office, for example), and if you call yourself a cookie lover, you need to get your hands on one, stat. While the Nutella numbers are their signature, Peach also does a flavour of the month, which they take votes on in the cafe the month before. Kinder Surprise and peanut butter with caramilk pretzel are just two of their recent flavours, so you get the idea how decadent these specials are.
Baked By M+G
Various Markets and Online
Serving up six different types of freshly baked bikkies, Baked By M+G are Brisbane’s unofficial cookie queens (although cookies aren't all they do). Available at markets across the city, for delivery or for pick up from their Mt Gravatt kitchen, M+G stock all our faves—we’re talking white choc macadamia, red velvet and choc chunk (for when choc chip just isn’t enough). They even have a glutem-free and vegan options, so everyone can satisfy their sweet tooth.
Looking for New York-style cookies, the chunkier the better? You'll find them at Brooki Bakehouse in the form of their signature milk chocolate chip and walnut NYC cookie, with a soft, chewy centre and crunchy exterior. That's not the only flavour this Valley bakery has in the cabinet though, other sweet treats include red velvet, Biscoff, white chocolate raspberry and Nutella Bueno. We'll take one of everything.
Treats & Co
If it's the most decadent cookies in Brisbane, possibly Australia, that you're after, get yourself to Treats & Co. This dessert spot was made for cheat day, and bakes up thick (thiccccc), chuncky cookies so stuffed with fillings that it's a wonder they even fit into the oven. Flavours change weekly, but you can expect the likes of funfetti, s'mores, Caramello Koala, choc bounty, rocky road and a heap more.
Cake And Bake
As the brainchild of Brisbane foodie icon Jocelyn Hancock (i.e. the woman behind the best cakes, pastries and provisions in the city), it will come as no surprise that Cake & Bake houses a swathe of treats to satisfy your cookie cravings. Pick up a plate of their famous yo-yo biscuits and treat your tastebuds to the dessert of their dreams.
Gold Coast Cookies
Like your cookies soft and gooey? Trust us—Gold Coast Cookies are nothing short of cult-worthy. Thankfully, you don’t have to make the long drive down south for a taste of these bad boys. Brisbane’s cafes have already caught onto the craze, so you can pair a coffee from venues like Yolk with a morning sweet treat. Check out their site for a full list of stockists.
Ninebar & Kitchen
For cookies so good they’ve earned a cult following, head on down to the Alphabet Cafe. Based in West End, their vegan choc chip cookies practically fly off the shelves, so get in early if you’re keen to give them a try. Pair it with a warm brew of Coffee Supreme and don’t forget to thank us later.
Little G Pizza
If you’re a fan of Little G’s good ol’ pizza pies, you’ll want to set your sights on their dessert cabinet, too. The pizzeria serves up drool-worthy cookies alongside their ever-changing seasonal menu. They change up the flavours on the weekly, but if you missed creations like their brown butter pecan cookies dusted in spiced pumpkin sugar, rest assured there’s an equally delicious goodie on the way.
Looking for more sweet treats? Here’s where to snack on Brisbane’s best croissants.
Image credit: Urban List, Peach Cafe, Treats & Co, Ninebar + Kitchen