Best Chocolate Chip Cookies: We Tasted 27, but These 6 Are in a Different League

The best chocolate chip cookies have a sumptuous, luxurious texture that makes you want to close your eyes and savor each bite of deliciousness. Chocolate chip cookies can be thin and crunchy, or soft and chewy, but the experience of eating either type should be the same: simple decadence. 

I had to enlist the help of every member of the Sporked team (like, seven of us) to help finish this taste test because I ordered almost 30 different types of chocolate chip cookies. To be honest, most of them were pedestrian at best. They did the job, sure, but they didn’t wow us. In order to achieve that upper echelon of cookie goodness, these chocolate chip cookie brands really had to deliver a strong, buttery, decadent taste and a wonderful, homemade texture. Otherwise, what are we even doing here? I can just make chocolate chip cookies at home. No need to do that, though, because these are the six best store-bought chocolate chip cookies:


Best of the Best

Tate’s Bake Shop

Everybody at Sporked loves Tate’s. Specifically, both of my bosses (editor-in-chief Justine Sterling and managing editor Gwynedd Stuart) were adamant about these being number one. I’m in agreement—Tate’s cookies are so crumbly, buttery, crispy, and delicious that we couldn’t stay away from them. These cookies are absolutely stuffed with chocolate, and the taste of the cookie itself is sweet but has this extra bit of caramelization, too. You know how when you bake cookies in an oven and the bottoms get a little dark, and thus nutty and deeply flavorful? That’s what’s going on here. These feel the most like homemade chocolate chip cookies, so they win. The best chocolate chip cookie hands down.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Soft Cookie

Pepperidge Farm Farm Montauk Soft Baked Milk Chocolate

Not everybody enjoys soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies, but the flavor of these cookies is undeniably wonderful. The milk chocolate flavor is buttery and delicious, and the cookie itself tastes slightly spiced. It’s got a hint of vanilla that shines through towards the end for some really nice floral flavor. I threw one of these cookies in the microwave because I had a sneaking suspicion that it would be great warm, and dammit, Danny, you were right again, my guy. There’s something really exciting about a soft, gooey, and chewy chocolate chip cookie, so Pepperidge Farm’s Montauk cookies are the best store-bought chocolate chip cookies for soft cookie lovers. Don’t be shy—heat it up a little bit for maximum cookie experience.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best with Nuts

Tate’s Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tate’s thin and crispy cookies are my favorite chocolate chip cookie with nuts of all the nutty cookies we tried. Walnuts are slightly earthy and buttery, and so they pair very well with sweet, milky chocolate. Of note: When it comes to chocolate chip cookies, I look for that sumptuous, buttery flavor, and Tate’s has it in spades across the board. Tate’s also has an unmatched crispy, crunchy texture while also being buttery and not dry, which none of the other chocolate chip cookie brands managed to replicate. It’s really quite an impressive brand.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Coconut

Pepperidge Farm Maui Milk Chocolate Coconut Almond

These chocolate chip coconut almond cookies are delightfully crumbly, and, despite having coconut in them, the chocolate chip flavor is still prominent enough. The coconut provides a subtle flavor but also some great added texture, as do the almonds. This is a great variation of a chocolate chip cookie, and the best chocolate chip cookie for people who want nuts but not too many nuts. Pepperidge Farm’s Maui cookies are buttery, delicious, crunchy, and crumbly. Can’t go wrong. Also, I understand this is not a popular opinion, but for my money, coconut improves most desserts. 

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Big Ol’ Cookie

Costco

Like their hot dogs (which are some of the best hot dogs, in our opinion), Cosctco’s chocolate chip cookies are straight up monstrous. I mean, they’re gigantic, overpowering, and far too much. That said, they are studded with wonderful, melty, chocolate chips and the chewiness of these cookies is spot on. Put a Costco’s chocolate chip cookie in the microwave for a few seconds, then close your eyes and let the melted chocolate chips and soft, sugary cookie melt in your mouth. Otherworldly. This is the best chocolate chip cookie for milk because they’re just so damn big.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Nolstagic

Keebler Deluxe Rainbow Cookies with M&M’s 

Keebler’s Deluxe M&M’s chocolate chip cookies have a strong nostalgia factor, but the quality of the product just doesn’t hold up. The cookie itself is very chalky, dry, and a little too crumbly for my taste. Still, putting M&M’s in a chocolate chip cookie is just a genius idea, and there is something wonderful about the branding, packaging, and even appearance of the cookies themselves. Back in the day, this would be a top-two chocolate chip cookie. Today? A respectable sixth place. Life comes at you fast, dude.

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Rating:

7/10

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Other products we tried: Chips Ahoy, Favorite Day, Chips Ahoy Chewy, Chips Ahoy Chunky, Famous Amos, Grandma’s, Back to Nature, Sprouts, Sprouts Salted Caramel, Sprouts Vegan, Tate’s Vegan, Walmart Freshness Guaranteed, Matt’s Bakery, Pepperidge Farm Thin & Crispy, Signature Select, Whole Foods, Private Selection, Trader Joe’s, Trader Joe’s Vegan.


About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • Tates…yayyy!!!They are the best.

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  • I agree Tates are very delicious so the rankings are justified. The only chocolate chip cookie that is the one cookie to rule them all is Tollhouse cooked in an oven.

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