It’s hard to deny the allure of a cookie, especially one warm, gooey, and fresh from the oven. Fortunately, Portland offers a wide range of enticing options to fit almost every craving. From a guava-filled Vietnamese treat to some impeccable takes on the classic chocolate chip, these are some of the very best cookies in town. For a wider breadth of baked goods, check out the Eater Portland bakery map.Read More
Portland’s Most Unforgettable Cookies
Where to find the most epic cookies in town, from chocolate chip to shortbread
1. Valrhona chocolate chip cookie at Ken's Artisan Bakery
The oversized chocolate chip cookie at Ken’s Artisan Bakery features buttery, crisp edges and a satisfying chew in the center. With its large chunks of Valrhona chocolate, this ultimate comfort food cookie only seems to get better after a few hours in the bakery case.
2. Chewy flourless walnut cookie at Nuvrei
Portland, OR 97209
Nuvrei may be best known for its creative and colorful croissants, but the cookie case is also worth a perusal. Nuvrei’s double chocolate cookie, with its fudgy center and crackly top, is a best-seller with a not-so-secret secret: It’s actually 100 percent gluten-free.
3. Brown-kies at Jinju Patisserie
Walking into Jinju’s welcoming space greeted by a display case of pretty pastries, it can be easy to skip the cookies in favor of something fancier — the signature yuzu matcha tartlet, perhaps. But to skip the patisserie’s “brown-kie” cookies would be a grave mistake: These cookies are a hybrid between a chocolate chip cookie and a brownie, making it a one-of-a-kind Portland treat.
4. Macarons at Farina Bakery
No cookie map would be complete without an entry for the city’s best macarons, and in Portland, it’s extremely hard to beat those at the cozy and quaint Farina Bakery. The macarons at Farina come in classic flavors like pistachio, chocolate hazelnut, and salty caramel, all sandwiching generous dollops of Italian buttercream or chocolate ganache.
5. Peanut butter brittle cookie at Little T American Baker
Possibly the best peanut butter cookie in town, this cookie’s crystalized hunks of peanut brittle give its extra chewy base a satisfying crunch. And with whole peanuts strewn throughout, this small wonder packs more peanut flavor than all other peanut butter cookies in town combined. The bakery’s chocolate chip cookie is also exceptional.
6. Seasonal rotating shortbread cookie at Alma Chocolate
Alma’s seasonal shortbread cookie has a silky-soft texture while remaining a dense and substantial treat. Flavors rotate with the seasons, ranging from cherry with hazelnut to chocolate with lavender. Any of the chocolatier’s renditions pairs beautifully with its decadent drinking chocolates.
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7. Frosted animal cookies at Miss Zumstein
The frosted animal cookies at Miss Zumstein Bakery and Coffee Shop are those pink-and-white classics spotted in childhood lunch boxes, but better. At Miss Zumstein, each animal cookie is the size of your palm and covered with a generous topping of dyed white chocolate and nonpareils sprinkles. Zumstein’s cookie is well-matched by a cup of coffee in the rustic Cully bakery cafe.
8. Funfetti shortbread at Bakeshop
Since 2011, James-Beard-recognized pastry chef Kim Boyce has been consistently churning out some of the city’s best croissants and laminated pastries in her small-but-mighty NE Sandy bakery. Bakeshop’s pastries stand out from the crowd with alternative, whole-grain flours; the baker’s expertly chosen flours especially shine in the bakery’s funfetti shortbread cookies, made with buttery Kamut flour and topped with rainbow sprinkles.
9. Guava cookies at An Xuyen Bakery
An Xuyen Bakery on SE Foster is known for its affordable and incredible banh mi sandwiches, steamed buns, and baguettes, so it might be easy to overlook the cookie tray by the register. No one should. The guava cookie, with tender, buttery dough wrapped around a burst of fresh guava paste, is a star, and at only $.75 a pop, it’s also a steal.
10. Smoked almond, salted caramel, and chocolate chip cookies at Coquine
Does anyone in Portland not know the lore of the Coquine cookie? Chef Katy Millard’s chocolate chip, salted caramel, and smoked almond pastry just keeps growing in popularity as the years go by, known for its killer combination of smoke, buttery sweetness, and tangy chocolate. Cookies can be enjoyed at the restaurant or ordered for pickup or delivery directly from the website.
11. Sweet and salty semolina cookie at Heim Bakery & Cafe
Heim’s sweet and salty semolina cookie is so moist it eats almost like cookie dough, with crisp pops of semolina throughout. The vivid color, nutty sweetness, and coarse grind of the grain make this cookie a true original in the Portland pastry landscape.