From the butteriest shortbread to the ooeyest, gooeyest, chocolatiest chip, cookies make the perfect gift. Click through our slideshow to see seasonal offerings from Smile to Go, Milk Bar, Cafe Grumpy, and more.
*This story originally appeared in the November 26, 2012 issue of New York Magazine.
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Abraço’s cured-olive cookies are all savory crunch and briny bite; $30 for a 16-cookie assortment, with meringue-y rose-almond and saffron-vanilla-bean shortbread (86 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Abraço’s rose-almond meringue: floral, chewy, evocative; part of a $30, sixteen-cookie assortment (86 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.; email@example.com).
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Abraço’s saffron-vanilla-bean shortbread is a master class in the judicious use of a domineering spice; part of a $30, sixteen-cookie assortment (86 E. 7th St., nr. First Ave.; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Beurre & Sel’s new Tucker, a rose-flavored coconut macaroon, is named for the fashion line and equally fanciful; $1 each (at Essex Market, 120 Essex St., at Delancey St.; and La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave., at 115th St.; 917-737-1818).
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Beurre & Sel’s spectacular chocolate mint: Girl Scouts of America, consider yourselves put on notice; $14 for sixteen (at Essex Market, 120 Essex St., at Delancey St.; and La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave., at 115th St.; 917-737-1818).
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Beurre & Sel’s pumpkin crumb cookie has the heft and flavor profile of a slice of pie; $3 each (at Essex Market, 120 Essex St., at Delancey St.; and La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave., at 115th St.; 917-737-1818).
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Bklyn Larder’s chocolate macaroons are richer, darker, and tastier than any macaroon has a right to be; $2 each (228 Flatbush Ave., nr. Bergen St., Park Slope; 718-783-1250).
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Bklyn Larder’s gianduja sandwich cookies are like Italian Oreos; $5.75 for four (228 Flatbush Ave., nr. Bergen St., Park Slope; 718-783-1250).
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Black + Blanco’s vanilla-black-sesame Sandcastle, made from whole-grain rye and virgin coconut oil, is putatively healthy—and incidentally vegan—but doesn’t taste like it; $6.50 for eight (at New Amsterdam Market, South St., nr. Beekman St.; newamsterdammarket.org).
Boubouki’s sugar-dusted butter-almond cookies, or kourabiedes, practically melt in your mouth; $2 each (120 Essex St., at Delancey St.; 718-344-4202).
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Cafe Grumpy’s hazelnut shortbread is sweet and salty, unadorned but for a single chocolate-pasted candied nut; $2 each or 12 for $20 (all locations).
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Court Street Grocers’ destination-worthy apricot-raspberry rugelach are a labor of love by one of the owners’ dads; $8 a dozen (485 Court St., nr. Nelson St., Carroll Gardens; 718-722-7229).
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Court Street Grocers’ chocolate rugelach are surprisingly light, almost dainty; $8 a dozen (485 Court St., nr. Nelson St., Carroll Gardens; 718-722-7229).
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What would the holidays be without some lovely Linzer cookies? Du Jour’s are textbook sweet, tart, and buttery; $1.25 each (365 Fifth Ave., nr. 5th St., Park Slope; 347-227-8953).
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Du Jour’s gingersnaps are more soft and chewy than crisp and snappy, and that’s fine by us; $1.25 each (365 Fifth Ave., nr. 5th St., Park Slope; 347-227-895).
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Karlie’s Kookies’ Perfect Tens at Milk Bar are gluten- and dairy-free and also really good; they benefit the nonprofit FEED Foundation too; $22 for a tin of 6 (561 Columbus Ave., at 87th St; 347-577-9504).
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Karlie's Kookies' and Milk Bar’s latest dairy-free collaboration is this dark-chocolate number called the 5 Boro—let’s just say these vegans really know how to live. The $22-for-six price tag benefits New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy (561 Columbus Ave., at 87th St; 347-577-9504).
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Even German expats find these gingerbread cookies (Lebkuchen) baked on the Lower East Side by a Lebkuchen obsessive named Sandy Lee bafflingly authentic—and delicious; $28 for 5 (at the Leckerlee booth at Brooklyn Flea).
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Mille-Feuille’s Diamond cookies are delicately crumbly sablés with a deep chocolate-cocoa flavor; $5.90 for 15 (552 La Guardia Pl., nr. W. 3rd St.; 212-533-4698).
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Ovenly’s motto is “joy through flavor,” and its pistachio-agave lives up to it; $24 a dozen (31 Greenpoint Ave., nr. West St., Greenpoint; 347-689-3608).
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Ovenly’s Stumptown Shorty is made with the boutique beanery’s espresso and bits of caramelized sugar and could do for shortbread what Sullivan St Bakery did for ciabatta; $30 a dozen (31 Greenpoint Ave., nr. West St., Greenpoint; 347-689-3608).
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The Smile to Go’s Maldon-sea-salt-sprinkled chocolate-chip cookies are the best in town, maybe the planet; $9 for a 3-pack (22 Howard St., nr. Crosby St.; 646-863-3893).
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Consider Zucker Bakery’s brown-sugar-pecan bars the love child of the pecan pie and the sticky bun; $12 for 6 (433 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 646-559-8425).
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Zucker Bakery’s new seasonally correct thumbprint cookie has cream cheese in the dough and a Middle Eastern-inspired quince-pomegranate-jam center; $1.50 each (433 E. 9th St., nr. Ave. A; 646-559-8425).