On August 4, we celebrate the sweet, sweet existence of one of our favorite treats—the chocolate chip cookie.
Back in 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield bestowed upon us the sugary, chocolatey treat we know and crave today. Known as the Toll House Cookie, named after Wakefield and her husband’s establishment, The Toll House Inn, she soon struck a deal with Nestle Chocolate Company, the company printing her cookie recipe in the back of their chocolate bars and Wakefield would get a lifetime supply of chocolate.
Today there are thousands of companies and independent bakeries that provide their take on the classic dessert. Here are our Dan’s Best of the Best voters’ picks for some of the best cookies on the East End to help you celebrate Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Dan’s Best of the Best voting is live for 2016, so click the links and vote for your favorites, or nominate a business that isn’t represented here and get them in this year’s winners’ circle!
In the meantime, enjoy the current Dan’s Best of the Best cookies listed below. Get them while they’re still fresh!
Tate’s Bake Shop (Platinum winner, South Fork)
A staple of the village of Southampton, Tate’s Bake Shop is known far and wide for her crispy, crunchy thin cookies. Just a few months back, Elvis Duran lauded the cookies when owner Kathleen King visited his show. The bakery offers several varieties of cookies, but we all know chocolate chip is the champion. If you can’t get out to Southampton, fret not—Tate’s cookies can be found in dozens of local supermarkets and convenience stores for your specific munchies.
Tate’s Bake Shop is located at 43 North Sea Road in Southampton.
Blue Duck Bakery (Platinum winner, North Fork; Silver winner, South Fork)
With four locations scattered around the two forks, The Blue Duck Bakery is bound to be close by to sell you some of their delicious cookies. If for some strange reason cookies aren’t your thing, the Blue Duck offers plenty of delicious alternatives. The bakery is open seven days a week, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., so that gives you plenty of time to get your “just desserts” for the holiday!
Blue Duck Bakery is located at 30 Hampton Road in Southampton, 130 Front Street in Greenport, 309 E. Main Street in Riverhead and 56275 Main Road in Southold.
Junda’s Pastry, Crust & Crumbs (Gold winner, North Fork)
Built on the philosophy of making their treats “just like your grandmother did,” Junda’s Bakery is the go-to bakery in Jamesport. Sporting an extensive cookie catalogue, Junda’s is sure to provide the sweets you crave to celebrate the holiday!
Junda’s is located at 1612 Main Road in Jamesport.
Ye Olde Bake Shoppe (Gold winner, South Fork)
As its name implies, this is a classic bakery with excellent fresh pastries, bread and, of course, chocolate chip cookies!
Ye Olde Bake Shoppe is located at 17 Windmill Lane in Southampton
Rachel Cronemeyer Cakes & Confections (Silver winner, North Fork)
With a commitment to using the finest ingredients available, it should be no surprise this sweet shop has excellent cookies. Pastry chef Rachel Flatley (Formerly Cronemeyer) learned her craft from some of the finest restaurants on the East End, and she’s also the Executive Pastry Chef for Honest Man Restaurants, which includes Nick and Toni’s in East Hampton, Rowdy Hall, La Fondita, Townline BBQ, Honest Catering and Nick and Toni’s Cafe in NYC. She’ll also deliver her wonderful goods to your home or catered event.
Stonewalls Restaurant (Bronze winner, North Fork)
This eatery on The Woods at Cherry Creek golf course has earned the respect of Dan’s Best of the Best voters for their yummy cookies. What could be better after a round on the links?
Stonewalls is located at 967 Reeves Avenue in Riverhead.
Southampton Inn (Bronze winner, South Fork)
Combining casual Hamptons style with European comfort, the Southampton Inn has been a local landmark for three generations. Dan’s voters have elected this lovely respite from city life for their delicious cookies. Their Clyde’s restaurant serves three hot meals a day, and the Inn plays host to the Southampton Historical Museum’s Cookie Exchange.
Southampton Inn is located at 91 Hill Street, Southampton.
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