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Originally published by Ching Yuen. Last updated by Jen Paolini.
Yesterday, we really, really wanted cookies, and today, we’re writing a cookie round-up after having had them for lunch (it’s fine, it’s allowed). What’s the lesson behind this short story? Don’t be ashamed of your cravings and follow your (sweet-scented) dreams. Here are 11 of the absolute best cookies in Hong Kong to please your sweet tooth.
Perhaps the most popular choice among local youngsters, Cookie DPT is on a mission to dominate the Hong Kong cookie scene. Their American-style cookies are freshly baked and crisp on the outside while decadently moist and chewy on the inside. Each cookie weighs a generous 130 grams (in comparison to most stockists’ cookies of 100 grams) and batches are made to order in the morning and delivered directly to your doorstep.
Cookie DPT has a menu of eight staple flavours, as well as seasonal options available at different pop-ups, the most recent being the Thai Milk Tea Cookie, which is available at both of their current pop-ups in BaseHall and The Upper House. If you can wait until you are home to enjoy these delights, be sure to heat up the cookie slightly so the ganache oozes out when you break it in half—we guarantee it’s the ultimate way to enjoy it.
All of the baked goods offered at Bakehouse are handmade every day with fine flour from the traditional Suire Mill in France by a team of passionate and highly skilled bakers and pastry chefs, led by ex-Four Seasons pâtisserie chef Grégoire Michaud. Their cookies ($20 each) come in three flavours: Peanut Butter, Double Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin. Dense and chewy, these cookies are perfect for dunking into a cold glass of milk!
Bakehouse, 14 Tai Wong Street East, Wan Chai
Oh, Mrs Fields, the queen of our hearts. When the enticing scents of Mrs Fields come a-calling, we answer. We still remember the feeling of walking into the MTR station after a particularly gruelling day and having the scent of freshly baked cookies demand that we go and buy a few to take home. Years later, they’re still as undeniable.
Mrs Fields’s Soft Cookie ($15) is still the best choice for those who like cookies that melt in your mouth, striking a fine balance between the thick, chewy American-style cookies and the thin, crispy ones. If you’re feeling just a bit peckish, you can always opt for a box of their Mini Cookies (starting from $30) to satisfy your sweet cravings.
What used to be Top Indulgence is now Baked Indulgence, a delightful dessert brand launched by two passionate bakers with a taste for all things sweet. Though the cookie concept has been alive and kicking since 2012, this summer will see Baked Indulgence setting down roots at IFC Mall for a long-term pop-up. From 28 August onwards until early next February, sweet-toothed shoppers can indulge in soft and chewy cookie selections, featuring Asian-flavoured twists on the classic American chocolate chip cookie.
Best-sellers include flavours like Red Velvet Nutella, Dark Chocolate & Walnuts, Matcha, Double Chocolate, Hojicha, and more, making the most of premium ingredients like French Valrhona chocolate. Throughout the pop-up period, Baked Indulgence will also offer limited-edited flavours like Hong Kong-style Milk Tea, Pandan, and Strawberry Cheesecake, as well as a range of vegan cookies for those who are following plant-based diets.
Baked Indulgence, LA2 Podium Level One, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central | (+852) 9706 0506
Having accumulated years of experience as the executive pastry chef of JW Marriot and The Ritz-Carlton, Ryan Zimmer founded his own brand, Cookie Boy, to develop his premium handcrafted cookies and other baked goods. One of our favourite flavours, the Birthday Cake Cookie ($20), is everything an American-style cookie should be: crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle.
If you’re hankering for a taste of Cookie Boy, this one requires a little bit of planning ahead and a tad of patience, as you can’t just waltz into a brick-and-mortar shop on a whim to try these sweet morsels. You can, however, order them online and have them delivered to you the next day. Perhaps just in time for a post-lunch treat?
Next to a glass of milk, a cup of coffee is a cookie’s best friend, and Fineprint has the best combo of quality coffee and chunky cookies for a lazy afternoon. Their Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie ($30) nails the perfect degree of sweetness, with generous chunks of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of salt to balance it out. Did we mention how aesthetic their two shopfronts are as well? Definitely worth a visit.
With the world under lockdown and quarantine, budding home bakers have suddenly found themselves with a lot more time on their hands, and so, the trend of e-bakeries has surged in Hong Kong. Twinkie Cookies is one such online business that is following their sweet-scented passion, advertising its seasonal flavours on Instagram whilst accepting personalised orders through WhatsApp.
Launched just four months ago in April, Twinkie Cookies is already taking the dessert crowd by storm with its signature range of lava mochi cookies, featuring limited-edition flavours like Durian, Black Sesame, and Hojicha; a line of indulgent cookie sandwiches, among which Tiramisu, Brownie with Peanut Butter Filling, and Red Velvet have proved popular; and its selection of handmade cookies with rare flavours like Banoffee and Maple & Apple.
Honestly, it feels almost sinful just laying eyes on the wares that Sai Kung Cookie Co. produces. Made with love in the remote New Territories community, this charming seaside bakery combines the best of European chocolates and premium Japanese flours with aromatic spices from the Middle East and Mediterranean fruits and nuts—truly a global product that shines a light on international ingredients.
Baked big and soft—just the way we like them—all cookies ($40 each) bear whimsical names that pay homage to influential persons of the twentieth century. Sink your teeth into the Wakefield, a tribute to the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the world’s first chocolate chip cookie, and get soulful with the Miles, a rich double chocolate cookie whose deep aromatics harken back to the eloquent tunes of Miles Davis. Other flavours include a white chocolate and macadamia number called the Grace, and a toothsome spiced blend named the Rockwell.
Sai Kung Cookie Co. recommends for orders to be placed at least a day in advance, as all cookies are baked to order to ensure the best and freshest quality. Cookies can be picked up in Sai Kung Town the next day and the Sai Kung Cookie Co. also delivers to major MTR stations between Quarry Bay and Sheung Wan on the Island line and northwards from Central all the way to Mong Kok.
You ain’t seen gooier cookies than these! Hong Kong’s Cookie Vission offers some of the most creative cookie flavours we’ve seen on the market, taking the competition to the next level. Where else can you find a mammoth 150-gram Portuguese Egg Tart Cookie ($50) with a custard centre or a Blue Cheese Cookie ($50) with an oozing blue cheese cheesecake filling, complete with accents of white chocolate chips, walnut, homemade Parmesan crumbs, and dried cranberries? Without a doubt, Cookie Vission is—how shall we put this—completely visionary.
Orders can be made online via their website or Instagram DM, and a minimum order of six cookies applies. It is suggested to place your order two days in advance, as cookies are baked on the day of delivery to ensure maximum freshness. While they do keep in an airtight container, it is highly recommended to consume immediately.
If you like your cookies big and chunky (and almost a meal in itself), then you’ll need to get them from ThicCookies. Taking the best and most flavourful from what Japanese eggs and New Zealand butter have to offer, founder Tiffany Lam pounds dough into oblivion to create some seriously thick and supersized cookies.
Whether you’re in the mood for a regular cookie, a half-kilo cookie, or even a one-pound cookie (which technically doubles as a cake), your stomach’s the limit, with a selection of flavours such as Peanut Butter Cup, Double Trouble, Chocolate Chip, Oats & Chocolate, and Cookies & Cream to choose from. Made to order with no preservatives, ThicCookies accepts pre-orders via Instagram DM.
Spurred to action upon witnessing the social upheavals caused by COVID-19, Agnes Chin and philanthropist Jo Soo-Tang teamed up to create Cookie Smiles, an online fundraising platform based around—you guessed it—selling cookies to do good. Leveraging on their combined experiences as the co-founder of Complete Deelite and a philanthropic NGO advisor, Chin and Tang aim to support the disadvantaged, with a portion of all sales proceeds going to two charities: Splash Foundation and Hong Kong Down Syndrome Association.
This social enterprise might be brand-new but they are certainly not skimping on the offerings. 11 cookie flavours are up for grabs on their website, with options such as Blueberry Snaps, Coconut Crunch, Pink Confetti Snaps, Matcha Moon, Butter Snaps with Lemon Drizzle, and more. If you’re not one for delivery, Cookie Smiles is also currently available in-store at Feather & Bone locations across Hong Kong.