Vancouver’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

by | Oct 5, 2023 | News

Hey cookie enthusiasts!

I think we can all agree that chocolate chip cookies are the best and most universally loved cookie in existence, right? Last night, I found myself in the midst of an unbearable chocolate chip craving. I did not want to go through the effort of actually making a batch of cookies, though. They’re one of those things that could come together really quickly if one were so inclined to make them. I was not in the mood for a quick fix, though; I wanted the chocolate chip cookie of my dreams. So, what is it that makes that perfect cookie so elusive?

It’s the kind of cookie that can only truly be enjoyed after the dough cures overnight, with an expertly balanced recipe, and when it’s perfectly baked by the best. That is the cookie I’m after, and it unfortunately does not come from my own personal kitchen. Where then? Who could hold the keys to the cookie kingdom? Well, at least the cookie kingdom in my own town of Vancouver, Washington. Folks, I’m taking up the mantle, and I will sacrifice sleep, money, and the relentless endeavor of not getting diabetes to hunt down this elusive dream cookie.

This cookie champion may not be the tops for everyone, but to be crowned the king of this competition, it’ll definitely be worth tasting by anyone out there.

This cookie has to have it all – the slightly crunchy edges, the moist chewy center, and the perfect balance of sweetness and salt. Plus, it’s got to have curb appeal. Did they add those extra few chips on top at the end? Does this cookie hold up after a couple of hours, or even after a whole 24 hours?”

Now, this experiment will examine each cookie at the time of purchase and again after 24 hours

The variables here are a little harder to ensure 100% accuracy. For instance, even at the time of purchase, did Shop A make those cookies this morning while Shop B made them 20 minutes ago? To counter this factor as much as possible, the final compendium of vendors will be organized by opening time and distance. It will then be mapped out to determine the optimal route to procure each product as quickly and as close to freshness as possible. All the cookies will be brought home in the packaging in which they are sold, as that is what any customer would receive. Thus, there will be no special heat boxes or bags

The 7 categories the cookies will be judged on are:

1. Chewiness

2. Crispiness

3. Thickness

4. Softness

5. Sweetness

6. Quality and distribution of Chocolate Chips

7. Oil or Butter Residue

    the jury

    The cookies will be judged by three people: myself, my partner, and another recent culinary school graduate. They will receive scores in each category.

    Contenders were selected based on local online forums, Google searches, alternative “best cookie” lists, cookie availability, and their relative distance to the Vancouver downtown area. The establishments needed to have a physical location, and they had to make their dough and bake their own cookies. With all that in mind, we narrowed it down to:

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies

    The Contenders:

    1. La Provence – Fisher’s Landing Area

    2. Chandelier Bakery – Hazel Dell

    3. Martizz Bakery – E. Vancouver

    4. Chucks Produce – Mill Plain

    5. Larsons – Mill Plain

    6. Bleu Door – Uptown Vancouver

    7. Forevers Bakery – Hazel Dell

    8. Simply Sweets – Uptown Vancouver

    9. Crumbl Cookie – Hazel Dell

    Now, this was a competition I could really get behind! I planned and thought about nothing else for days. Bouncing gleefully, we drove from one bakery to the next. Finally, it was time to take these treats home and taste them. I had calculated six cookies from each place, which would mean one cookie per person for both days from every bakery. In my head, eating nine cookies in one sitting seemed like a dream come true. In reality, however, nobody should eat that many cookies.

    When I started this, I assumed there would be a top cookie and all the others would line up behind it. However, during this experiment, I realized that a chocolate chip cookie means very different things to different people. There was so much contrast between them that a straight-out competition just didn’t seem viable anymore. Instead, I will walk you through all the fun we had comparing each cookie.

    *The attributes noted below will vary from cookie to cookie

    La Provence

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    We did have a unanimous favorite – La Provence.
    This bakery in Fishers Landing offers an astounding array of top-notch goods, and this cookie was everything you’d want it to be. Even when we felt sick to our stomachs and were loath to continue, it was a delight to eat. Weighing in at 110g and with an 11.5cm diameter, this was one of the larger cookies. Priced in the middle of the pack at $2.75 per cookie, it was worth every cent. That being said, even though they make their own dough and bake it themselves, this is a trendy, posh place with multiple locations. Expect it to be busy.”

    Price

    $2.75 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 110g; Diameter: 11.5cm; Thickness: 1.25cm.

    Taste & Texture

    It’s notably chewy but not to the extent of feeling undercooked. Though soft, it doesn’t shy away from having crispy edges. On the sweeter side, but not overly. The presence of larger, milk chocolate chips is a delight, and there’s a hint of an oily, buttery taste. Although I don’t think it’s an included ingredient, there were some oatmeal like notes as well.

    Chandelier Bakery

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    On the complete opposite side of town, Chandelier Bakery also delighted us. Their bakery stands alone amidst a patch of green trees and grass, epitomizing quaintness. We were very impressed that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to purchase cookies that weren’t baked that morning but the night before. This did not seem to affect the cookies negatively, as they were delicious. This was the third thickest cookie, and it was our favorite among the thicker varieties—if that’s what you prefer in a chocolate chip cookie. Even at the 24-hour mark, they remained delectable! Kudos to Chandelier!

    Price

    $2.75 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 90g; Diameter: 10cm; Thickness: 1.5cm

    Taste & Texture

    Offering a balanced chew with mild crispiness around the edges, this cookie wasn’t overly sweet. The dark chocolate chips provide do an excellent job of balancing the flavor profile. Offering a balanced chew with mild crispiness around the edges, this cookie wasn’t overly sweet. The dark chocolate chips provide do an excellent job of balancing the flavor profile.

    Notes

    Baked the night before

    Martizz Bakery

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    Now, Martizz Bakery was a complete surprise. When we arrived, I observed multiple people leaving with beautifully decorated cakes exuding personality. My mind was automatically filled with the idea of the American version of a chocolate chip cookie, so we were taken aback when we picked up a cookie that was deliberately not super soft. This cookie resembled a soft shortbread or sugar cookie more than a traditional chocolate chip one. It didn’t crunch by any means, and the chocolate chips were all sprinkled on after baking. It wasn’t the cookie we were expecting, but it was still good, especially if you’re not a fan of overly sweet treats.

    Price

    $1.50 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 76g; Diameter: 8.25cm; Thickness: 1.25cm

    Taste & Texture

    The cookie avoids being too sweet and has a biscuity flavor. Texture resembled that of a soft shortbread, but it would likely have been different had we picked up on or the morning after a prep day.

    Chuck’s Produce

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    The cookie from Chuck’s Produce had been recommended to us, so we visited, hoping to find a specialty case displaying a big, delicious cookie. However, we didn’t see the display (we’ve been told it exists, but we missed it). Instead, we bought some packaged cookies that a baker mentioned had been made recently. These cookies came in packs of twelve and looked and tasted like typical grocery store offerings. You could find this type of cookie in the bakery section of most stores.

    Price

    $7.99 for a pack of 12 or $0.67 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 44g; Diameter: 7.75cm; Thickness: 1cm

    Taste & Texture

    You won’t find any crisp here, these are sweet and soft. Taste similar to most grocery store bakery cookies. Should keep well and maintain it’s taste for a couple days.

    Larson’s Bakery

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    Located in the same parking lot as Chuck’s is Larson’s Bakery. The cookies here were small, tasty, and priced at $1. They were good, but not outstanding. Larson’s is well-known for its excellent cakes, especially the banana cake. If you’re in the market for that, it comes highly recommended!

    Price

    $1.00 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 50g; Diameter: 9.5cm; Thickness: 0.75cm

    Taste & Texture

    The cookie provides a less chewy experience as it was on the dryer side, but still had a distinct crispy edge. Small semi-sweet chocolates marbled throughout. Tasted just as good the next morning.

    Bleu Door Bakery

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    Bleu Door was another bakery that came highly recommended, though it didn’t quite fit our initial competition categories. This charming little French bakery in uptown Vancouver was the only place that prominently featured a gluten-free option. I hadn’t considered this initially, but for some people, that’s the most crucial aspect of a cookie. If that’s the case for you, this is the cookie I’d recommend you try. Had I not been told it was gluten-free, I wouldn’t have been able to tell just by tasting it. It was also the only cookie that had streaks of chocolate in the dough, not just chocolate chips. Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, the Bleu Door cookie is worth trying. Just saying.

    Price

    $2.75 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 66g; Diameter: 10cm; Thickness: 1cm

    Taste & Texture

    Delivers a satisfying chew and a soft bite without any noticeable crisp edges. The sweetness is well-balanced, not being too overpowering. The chocolate used is of commendable quality and streaked through the dough. There is a hint of grittiness from being gluten-free, but it isn’t overly apparent.

    Notes

    Distinguished as a gluten-free cookie

    Forevers Bakery

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    I loved Forevers Bakery. It’s small and tucked away off of Hwy 99 in Hazel Dell, but inside it’s the cutest little bakery and brunch spot. The walls are a mellow, inviting blue, and it’s adorned with adorable little tables. I can’t wait to go back! My grandmother was never a baker but I imagine that cookie would be reminiscent of childhood cookies to many people.

    Price

    $3.25 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 117g; Diameter: 12.25cm; Thickness: 1cm

    Taste & Texture

    It offers a good chew with a crisp edge, and the sweetness level is just right. Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips are packed into every bite. If you can’t already tell by its appearance, you will be able to recognize the taste of brown butter used as this cookie’s signature. The level of butter used also makes this cookie one of the oilier ones we tested.

    Notes

    Brown butter cookie

    Simply Sweets

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    Simply Sweets probably takes the cake for the cutest bakery in town. The small shop is located in a neighborhood close to uptown. It’s not on the main street, and it’s flanked by houses on either side. Just a sweet little bakery with a sweet little cookie.

    Price

    $1.50 per cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 46g; Diameter: 8.25cm; Thickness: 1.25cm

    Taste & Texture

    A soft cookie offering a good bite and chew. It avoids being overwhelmingly sweet and doesn’t come off as oily. The cookie was even softer the next day.

    Crumbl Cookie

    Vancouver's Best Chocolate Chip Cookie-image all cookies
    Crumbl was our first stop but we made sure to make it the last one on the list. If there was ever a place that should be passed over it’s this one. This was our most expensive cookie, which makes sense for the sheer size of them. Crumbl gets a lot of bad hype so of course we needed to try it and to be honest it’s completely agreeable. I’ve never had such a bad chocolate chip cookie. The cookies were far too large and oddly dense but not chewy, absolutely no crunch or crisp anywhere in sight. Aside from that it was the sweetest cookie we tried by far. They used huge milk chocolate chips, which never hardened again, I assume for the sole purpose of inciting a diabetic coma. The chips just threw it way over the top in the sugar department. We could each only stomach an 1/8th of one cookie and gave away the rest. We did not find this cookie worth it’s high cost and with Forever’s Bakery and Chandelier so close to the Hazel Dell location there’s no need for you to be disappointed as well.

    Price

    $24.98 for 6 or $4.98 for 1 cookie

    Attributes*

    Weight: 144g; Diameter: 10cm; Thickness: 3cm

    Taste & Texture

    Extremely chewy, with a sweetness level that may be too intense for some. The cookie’s softness is taken to the extreme and is doughy in the middle. The milk chocolate chips added to the sweetness. The cookie left a lingering aftertaste that wasn’t pleasant.
    Overall, I would recommend you try all of these places for yourself, just maybe not in one day.
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