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Taste Test: The Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ranked Slideshow

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Taste Test: The Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ranked
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Taste Test: The Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ranked

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? Soft or crunchy, fresh-baked or store-bought, they’re among the most delicious foods on earth. There’s no shortage of packaged crunchy chocolate chip cookies at the supermarket, but some are definitely superior to others. To prove it, we taste-tested 11 of the most popular brands.

#11 Goodie Girl
Dan Myers

#11 Goodie Girl

Goodie Girl’s cookies are gluten-free and made with quinoa, rice, corn starch, and tapioca. They were very small and hard as a rock, with a button-like shape, and many tasters were put off by their hard, dry texture. Several tasters noticed the addition of cinnamon, but it didn’t do much to salvage this underwhelming cookie.

#10 Simple Mills
Dan Myers

#10 Simple Mills

These gluten-free cookies are made with ingredients including a nut and seed flour blend, tapioca, coconut sugar, arrow root, konjac root, and tiger nut (which is actually a root vegetable). All of those ingredients lent it a strange flavor that our tasters weren’t fans of, with one going so far as to say that it “doesn’t taste like chocolate or a cookie.” The texture was also slightly stale.

#9 Famous Amos
Dan Myers

#9 Famous Amos

The cookies that made talent agent Wally Amos a legend haven’t held up very well. They were dry and hard as a rock, most tasters agreed, and their flavor was bland and not what they look for in a chocolate chip cookie. They struck many tasters as “classic,” however, and there were plenty of chocolate chips to go around. The general impression was that they were nothing special.

#8 Enjoy Life
Dan Myers

#8 Enjoy Life

These cookies are gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and milk-free, and are made with a flour mix of rice, buckwheat, and millet. Our tasters had no issues with the thin and crispy texture (these are certainly the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies on the market), but there was an odd sweetness to them, and our panel nearly universally agreed that the aftertaste was strange as well.

#7 Whole Foods
Dan Myers

#7 Whole Foods

Whole Foods’ $3.99 offering fared surprisingly poorly. Though they're made with organic wheat flour and organic chocolate, our tasters found these cookies to be bland, dull, slightly sandy in texture, and sorely lacking in chocolate chips. They were also too crumbly and dry.

#6 Back to Nature
Dan Myers

#6 Back to Nature

These cookies have the fewest ingredients out of any that we tested – just wheat flour, chocolate chips, sugar, oil, brown rice syrup, baking soda, and salt – and our tasters were split on whether the slight nuttiness lent by the wheat flour was desirable. The texture was ideally crumbly but slightly too dry, placing them squarely in the middle of the pack.

#5 Keebler Chips Deluxe
Dan Myers

#5 Keebler Chips Deluxe

Keebler’s offering was pleasantly crunchy instead of dry and crumbly, and there were plenty of high-quality chocolate chips evenly distributed throughout. The pronounced flavor of molasses and a hint of salt also came through.

#4 Trader Joe’s
Dan Myers

#4 Trader Joe’s

This big plastic tub of tiny cookies comes from Trader Joe’s, and our tasters generally found them to be pretty enjoyable. They were light and crispy, and the fact that they were bite-size made it easy to eat too many of them. They didn’t have much of a “pop,” however, and were lacking in chocolate chip flavor. They also contain coconut, which a couple tasters picked up on.

#3 Nantucket
Dan Myers

#3 Nantucket

These cookies had some depth of flavor that our tasters picked up on — a hint of salt and butter and big, high-quality dark chocolate chunks — but the texture was too crumbly for some.

#2 Tate’s
Dan Myers

#2 Tate’s

Tate’s was a polarizing cookie, but it still did extraordinarily well. These were thin and crispy and had a distinct homemade flavor, with plenty of butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. They tasted more home-baked than any other. While high-quality, the chocolate chips themselves weren’t as plentiful as in the other cookies, however, and some tasters complained that they were too crunchy, and borderline overbaked.

#1 Chips Ahoy
Dan Myers

#1 Chips Ahoy

Surprise! The cookies in the famous blue package came out on top. The cookies had a pronounced vanilla flavor and no shortage of chocolate chips, and they looked great as well. It’s pretty much impossible to not like these cookies.

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Taste Test: The Top 11 Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ranked Slideshow